I, Secret Agent Inna Cognito…AKA Rebecca…accepted a top secret X-TREME mission (#xtremeschoolglue) to create fairy wings for my
I was instructed to put my inconspicuous Field Agent sunglasses and trench coat on, and head to WalMart. Well, here at the beach a trench coat would not be ‘inconspicuous’ at all. So I put on my best flower-laden shirt and shorts, slipped into my flip flops…donned a straw hat and shades for extra protection and blended in perfectly. See me peeking out from behind a palm…I know you can hardly see me at all…Right? …TEE HEE.
I slid unnoticed into WalMart and began to look for shhhhh…Elmer’s X-TREME School Glue Stick. It seems there are four different displays of Elmer’s glues in my store. Two in the craft department and in the school supplies and the paint department. Hummm. After some searching I located said subject in the school and child’s craft supplies.
There it was an X-TREME Glue Stick…the object of this mission. Lucky me for there was one left…somebody else must have beaten me here. Who could that be?
Next, I headed to the women’s accessory department to pick up a pair of white stockings. There were only off-white…Somebody was definitely here before me!! But I remained calm and focused on the mission…
Then I headed to the craft department with a stop in the fabric department…yep, I said fabric…my WalMart still has a fabric department. I needed some pink ribbon…In the crafts I found more Elmer’s products in two places. some beads and some bling and, of course, Elmer’s GLITTER!!! They do have some bling!!!
There seemed to be plenty of the bling items available. My nemesis must not like sparkle and shine!!! So I complete the first phase of my mission and moved to the second (and most fun for me) phase…creativity with my sweet baby girl.
In my best Fairy Godmother voice…TA DO DO DAAAAA…here are the fairy wings for my granddaughter!!!
Since we don’t live very close, I must do most of my interaction with my granddaughter via Skype. Isn’t technology grand? If you have a distant child or grandchild DOWNLOAD AND USE SKYPE TODAY!!! So I connected with my Daughter-in-Law and my sweet baby girl and together they helped me design and create fairy wings!!!
If you would like to create some wings of your own…here’s a how-to:
Elmer’s X-TREME Glue Stick
Elmer’s Glitter Pens or Glitter Shakers
Light color panty hose
2 Light wieght coat hangers-I prefer white
Scrap of quilt batting
Acrylic paints-I like metallic
Beads, Ribbon and any kind of Bling
Optional: incense stick to burn holes in mesh
Flat nose pliers
What I did:
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- Bend two coat hangers into wing shapes. Take your time and try to get them into a similar shape. I actually hold them together and bend them both at the same time. You can let the kids do this part…they have a lot of fun with it. Just make sure you help them as the ends of the coat hanger wire is sharp.
- When you are satisfied with the shape, bend the two ends together securely. I use flat node pliers to make sure the ends are well tucked in. You don’t want to poke a little fairy.
- Wrap this middle section with a scrap of quilt batting. Glue with X-TREME Glue Stick. Hold and let dry a few seconds.
- Secure the batting with Duct Tape wrapped tightly around the batting. Make sure that the tape extends over the edges of the batting onto the wire. This makes it extra secure.
- Cut the legs off a pair of panty hose.
- Thread one leg over each wing. You will need to adjust it here and there to make it fit.
- When happy with the placement, wrap the ends around the edge of the wing where it meets the tape. Tie the ends together. This will become a rosette later. Apply X-TREME Glue as needed to secure and edges and at he knot. Let dry.
- Draw a design on the wings with a metallic permanent marker. This is just a rough guide line. Print out the design of some wings if you like and trace it or you can free hand it.
- Option: Light the incense stick and use it to burn holes in the mesh stocking fabric. This step is only for adults or older children.
- Then use paints to decorate the wings as desired. Glitter the wings as much as you like. There is no such thing as too much glitter!!! Let them dry overnight.
- Make a tassel of ribbons and tie on the taped area under the mesh knot.
- Apply beads to the ribbon. Next time I would do this before tying it on the wings. Live and learn.
- Tie two longer and wider ribbons around a piece of Elmer’s foam board. Glue this foam on the middle section. This will lie against the back. Put the wings on the fairy and tie the wider ribbons over the shoulders securely.
- Release the fairy to play.
Mission accomplished!!! I love Elmer’s Glue products as much as these kids do…