‘Rivertime’ Bird Wings

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You’ll be a stand out in this beautiful costume! Feel free to fly away once you attach these gorgeous felt wings to yourself. Travel the world!

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Suitable for…

  • 3-5 years
  • 5-12 years
  • 12+ years
Group Size
  • Individual (1 child)
  • Small Group (4 children)
  • Large Group (20 children)

Idea Features
Idea Features

  • Step 1

    To make your wings, cut a template from paper using our image as a guide.

  • Clever Tip

    We measured a child’s arm to figure out the correct length and width that we wanted the wings to be.

  • Step 2

    Using the wing template you have created, cut 2 wings from calico.

  • Clever Tip

    Iron the fabric flat before cutting. You may need an adults help!

  • Step 3

    Print and cut out the felt feather template provided.

  • Step 4

    Trace or pin the template onto a piece of felt.

  • Clever Tip

    We layered our felt so that 3 felt feathers could be cut simultaneously to save time.

  • Step 5

    Cut out around your template.

  • Step 6

    Continue to cut out felt feathers until you have enough to cover your wings. We used approximately 135 feathers for each wing.

  • Step 7

    Lay your calico wings out and begin to glue the feathers on starting from the bottom corner and working your way around the curved edge of the wing.

  • Step 8

    Overlap each feather slightly so that all of the calico fabric is covered.

  • Step 9

    Continue this process all of the way around the curve.

  • Step 10

    Begin your second layer of feathers, overlapping onto your first layer so all of the calico is covered.

  • Step 11

    Continue overlapping and gluing feathers until your entire wing is covered. Allow to dry.

  • Clever Tip

    Use a paintbrush to paint glue onto the calico and to paint all the edges of your calico to prevent fraying.

  • Step 12

    Repeat the necessary steps above to create your second wing.

  • Step 13

    Cut a piece of ribbon 1 metre long and fold it in half. Overlap the top 2 corners of your wings and the ribbon. Stitch them all together to secure.

  • Step 14

    To create your wrist ties, cut 2 pieces of ribbon 50cm each and fold them in half.

  • Step 15

    Stitch the centre of each ribbon to the end of each wing and secure with a double knot.

  • Step 16

    You may like to create a felt bird feather headband to match your outfit! Simply cut out some felt shapes, stitch them together and attach them to a strip of calico or thick elastic!


I need enough for…
Cost of all materials
$204.78 (inc GST)
$186.16 (ex GST)
I need enough for…
Cost of all materials
$204.78 (inc GST)
$186.16 (ex GST)
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