Cheap & Easy FAIRY WINGS Tutorial NO SEW | EASY DIY



This may be the easiest and cheapest dress-up outfit for your child, EVER!!! These pretty Fairy Wings are a NO SEW design that can be used for fairy parties, creative play and dress-up costumes.

I was given the task of making bulk costumes for my girl's dance school on a budget of $5 each for our town's annual street parade. The theme was pastels....... ahhh what to do...... A beautiful group of Fairies of course!!!
Here is a basic picture tutorial to make your own. I have updated this post with some pictures of Chiffon Fairy Wings.

DIY Supplies
  • Sheer Chiffon fabric
  • Cheap Flat Sequins 
  • Clear Craft Glue
  • White Spray Paint from the local hardware store
  • Elastic bands or Ribbon for hand ties
  • Safety pins to attach to shirt/dress
I had 3 days to make over 60 fairy wings so please forgive the roughness and terrible photos of the project, I am sure if you only had one pair to make you could do them 1000 times better 😉 Below is a photo of them all laid out on my ping pong table.

Step by Step Guide to making easy Fairy Wings Tutorial

  • I made a small template for the smaller younger girls, measuring their arm width and height as a rough guide. Do this to measure all sizes.  
The sizes I used were 
Small Child - 50 cm wide X 24cms middle back length X height
Average Child - 64 cm wide X 25cms middle back length X height
Teen/Adult - 72 cm wide X 30cm middle back length X height
  • Fold the fabric in half (I used shiny sheer chiffon that was $2 a metre from a discount fabric shop)
  • Once the fabric is folded, cut the unfolded edge in the shape below. I did all my small sizes first and then worked off that template to make 4 different sizes for all the age groups.
  • Lay the fabric flat and stick your sequins on in a matching pattern on both sides with strong craft glue. I actually sprayed the smaller children's wings with cheap white spray paint to give it more detail but you do not have to do this.
  • Once the sequins are dry, cut a small hole in each upper corner and attach a ribbon through it or I attached elastic bands that the kids put around their middle finger or wrist.
  • When putting the fairy wings on, attach a safety pin to the back centre of the clothing to hold the wings in place.
The matching hairpieces were made from Hawaiian neck leis you find in the discount stores, how pretty do they look on all the girls!! You can find the Tutorial HERE on how to make the headpiece.
Examples below are how you can spray paint different patterns onto the chiffon to make unique Fairy WIngs with little effort. I throw some cutout shapes on top of some folded wings which created a 2 tone effect.
Below are my 2 daughters all ready for the parade with their Fairy Swirl metallic make-up and stick-on gems.

You can find the flower headband tutorial HERE

I would have liked to show you more photos from the parade but I didn't want to show the kid's faces as I do not have permission 😓 but you can see the effect of all the kids in their different shades of pink, purple, green and blue.... so pretty.... the kids had a ball!!!!

These are perfect to make for groups of kids for school concerts, dance groups, fairy-themed birthday parties and just home dress-up costumes if you add a pretty dress... outfit is complete!

Thanks for visiting & keep crafting! 💗 

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  1. Thank you for the idea - this saved the day, as I was quickly able to prepare a set of wings for my granddaughter to wear to Book Week. She wanted to be Betsy in The Magic Faraway Tree. Having reached the 'land of birthdays' she wished that she could be turned into a fairy. A really quick and easy pattern to follow.

    1. I am so glad it worked out well and I am sure your granddaughter loved the wings you made her. Hope you all have a magical bookweek :)

  2. These look amazing! Did you find the edges frayed? I'm worried about how long they'll last. Thank you

    1. Thank you! There is a slight fray but not noticable as the sheer fabric I found was a tight weave. If you want to last longer than a few wears, you could lightly seal the edge with a flame. Try on a test piece of fabric first. When I have sealed the edge, I just have a candle and move the fabric super fast next to the flame in little setions at a time. This method might work with this :)

      Thanks for stopping by, Brooke