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How to Make Realistic Fairy and Butterfly Wings

by Amy Bowerman

Hi guys!  While working on a new Artist Trading Block Design this past weekend I made a pretty cool creative discovery that I can’t wait to share with you!  So what’s this creative discovery you ask?  Well, I figured out a way to make realistic fairy and butterfly wings that are as feather-light as the real thing!   Come along and I’ll show you how to make realistic Fairy and Butterfly wings for your mixed-media and paper projects!

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This discovery could not have come at a more perfect time since the project that inspired this technique was for my Guest Design spot at Altered Pages using collage sheets FROM Altered Pages!

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It’s easier than you think to create realistic fairy wings.  All you need are a few supplies and you will be on your way to making your projects flutter and fly!  Originally I had planned to use packaging plastic to create wings for my fairies but the weight was too much for my photo paper fairies.  Harumph!  Back to the drawing board.

I took a chance and tried adhering my Butterfly images (printed on Craft Attitude) to Tim Holtz Frosted Film and by Jove it worked!  These two films are pure fairy magic when used together!  It’s as easy as 1-2-3 to make your paper projects fly.  Here’s the deets…

Supplies Needed

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 STEP 1:  Print Butterfly/Fairy  wing images on Craft Attitude  (any style of Craft Attitude will work).  I used ‘Beautiful Butterflies’ collage sheet from Altered Pages.

*Be sure to flip your images when printing on Craft Attitude.

STEP 2:  Print vintage images (for Fairies) on Photo Paper.  I used Color Collage Sheet Black and Color Collage Sheet Brown from Altered Pages.

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STEP 3:  Fussy Cut vintage images and hold them over butterfly images to “try on” wings.

STEP 4: Fussy cut wings and lay image side down to the adhesive side of Tim Holtz Frosted film.  Replace frosted film backing and burnish with a bone folder to smooth any air bubbles.

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STEP 5:  Cut out wings and remove backing.

*TIP* Give your wings added movement by cutting a slit between the upper and lower part of the wing on each side.

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 STEP 6:  Shape wings by squeezing and bending.

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STEP 7:  Adhere wings to vintage images with Hot Glue, Glossy Accents, or favorite adhesive.

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So which fairy is your favorite?  I’m kind of in love with the black and white ballerina fairy, but then again, I love them all! I would love for you to stop by the  Altered Pages blog and let me know what you think of these fabulous collage sheets.  What would you create with them?  You can find all the collage sheets used in this project and more at Altered Pages.

Team ATB & Altered Pages Block Hop

The Team ATB and Altered Pages “Block Hop” continues this Thursday with more creative artist trading block designs featuring collage sheets from Altered Pages!  Stay tuned, this Fairy filled Artist Trading Block will be “growing”.

Have a fairy tale day!



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2 prerna Ashwani Negi March 10, 2015 at 6:02 am

Hi , thanks for joining us at attered pages and shared this wonderful tutorial Thank you very much
okay bye


3 Danie May May 28, 2014 at 6:28 pm

Hi Amy, thanks for joining us at Altered Pages and sharing this wonderful tutorial to create beautiful wings for your collage images. I must give this a go some time.
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4 Jean Moore May 27, 2014 at 5:48 pm

Amy, I truly enjoyed your tutorial. The more I see of Craft Attitude the more I like it. It really is the perfect thing for adding body (no pun intended) to the collages. THANKS For sharing!


5 Amy Bowerman May 27, 2014 at 7:59 pm

Jean Craft Attitude is the best! I truly enjoyed using it with your collage sheets. Great fun!



6 Michelle May 27, 2014 at 5:24 pm

They really DO look like fairy wings! Great technique, Amy!


7 Amy Bowerman May 27, 2014 at 8:00 pm

Thanks Michelle :) I was so happy it worked!



8 Barbara May 27, 2014 at 4:02 pm

TFS your fabulous technique for those light and airy fairy wings. I am definitely going to give that a try.
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9 Amy Bowerman May 27, 2014 at 4:12 pm

Thanks Barbara! It’s so easy to do and produces fabulous results! I can’t wait to make more fairies :)



10 Anita Houston May 27, 2014 at 12:43 pm

FF and CA are perfect together as you’ve proven! Fabulous results! These are beautiful!
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11 Amy Bowerman May 27, 2014 at 4:14 pm

Thanks girlfriend I was all a flutter making that discovery :)



12 Claudine Criner May 27, 2014 at 8:46 am

Those are awesome, love the idea of creating wings for your images and thanks for taking us through how you made you beautiful wings.
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13 Lyneen May 27, 2014 at 8:04 am

WOW… love the wings…. I LOVE Craft Attitude. Thanks for sharing.
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14 stamping sue May 27, 2014 at 7:17 am

Hi Amy, great use of frosted film. it’s fun to put wings on people/fairies.
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15 Oxana May 27, 2014 at 6:46 am

Amy you are a genius! ^.^ thank you for sharing
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16 Robin Horasanian May 27, 2014 at 5:00 am

Thanks for the helpful instructions on how to make your fairy wings. Lovely fairy garden ATB.


17 Anne Rx May 27, 2014 at 2:21 am

Wow Amy, they all look amazing. As a lover of butterflies I could not possibly choose a favourite although the Monarch butterfly lady is gorgeous and so is the cute little cherub. I really love the bird box too! Anne xxx
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18 Lisa H May 27, 2014 at 2:07 am

Super cool Amy!!
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19 Donna May 27, 2014 at 1:16 am

Amazing as always!
My favorite is the ballerina!

So Awesome!
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