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Picture of Dragon Costume Wings
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These wings can be adapted to fairy, angel, gargoyle, butterfly, etc...

This isn't my first craft rodeo, but it is my first Instructable (spellcheck wants to call it "Intractable!") I figure it's time to catch up on some giving back for all my Googling. As soon as this round of productive procrastination is over, I go back to making music.

My daughter wanted dragon wings, and my son wanted nothing, because he is just going to go to a party where people are not dressing up. I had to let that sink in for a minute, that my kid is somehow too old for Halloween costumes... and then decided I would go ahead and make my daughter some wings. And then I looked extra hard for where I hid the Halloween candy from myself.

Step 1: Materials

Picture of Materials
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I bought my fabric at Pacific Fabrics Northgate, in Seattle.

  • Sequined fabric, at least 1/2 yard (I used ombré magenta, purple, blue, teal on a black base)
  • Silver lamé fabric, at least 1/2 yard (thin and slightly stretchy)
  • Lightweight poster board or paper
  • Pen
  • 12 gauge galvanized utility wire, about 12 feet (similar to coat hanger wire)
  • Latex tubing, about 8 feet (3/8" outer diameter 1/2" inner diameter)
  • Wire cutters heavy duty (don't worry too much, you're only making two cuts)
  • Utility scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Adhesive putty, about 2-3 packages - the kind used to hang posters
  • Hot glue gun
  • 1/4" dowel or equivalent, I used a 36" length and sectioned it
    • ...and superglue in case you break the dowel too short and have to fix it...

To attach wings to person:

  • 1" diameter x approx. 10" long PVC pipe to insert the wing stems into
    • (like a flower vase) and attach to your back
  • extra shirt (will be covered up so any color will do)
  • duct tape to wrap around torso to secure the tube
  • shirt or sweater you will use for the costume
PunchBeam (author) made it!2 years ago

I had gotten used to the silly shrug in Step 9 so I'm just leaving it here.

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This is great! Wonderful colors :) Do you have a picture of someone wearing them?

PunchBeam (author)  Penolopy Bulnick2 years ago

Okay, pictures added. :) She is camera shy so I only posted the back view, but they look great.

Agreed, they do look great :D

PunchBeam (author)  Penolopy Bulnick2 years ago
Thank you :) it worked really well "in the field"
PunchBeam (author)  Penolopy Bulnick2 years ago
Thanks! Not yet... though with Halloween being a couple of days away I guess that will be soon remedied. It's supposed to rain a lot, though!
PunchBeam (author) 2 years ago
Sewed tail onto sweater by putting couch pillow inside as dress form
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PunchBeam (author) 2 years ago
Hah... another follow up. Those little black patchey areas on the sequin fabric, I was viewing as battle scars and leaving them as a fortuitous special effect. My daughter discovered that rather than being worn or missing, the sequins were just turned backward, so she turned all of them to face the right way. So now her wings, alas, have no longer "seen battle." ?

Holy cow! These are so cool! I really think the way you made the armitures was quite clever. What amazing sequins fabric too!

PunchBeam (author)  audreyobscura2 years ago
Thanks! I may have stretched the adhesive putty a bit thin for the task; I have to keep re-pinching it. But it does seem like it would be the ideal material if you use enough.
Swansong2 years ago

This is gorgeous, I love the fabric that you chose :)

PunchBeam (author)  Swansong2 years ago
Thanks! I do too... we picked it out together. The tail fabric was random luck, found it on the remnants table. :)