How-to: Beautiful Butterfly Wings Upcycled from Wire Hangers and Old Clothes

butterfly wings made from upcycled wire hangersThere are two good ways to put fastenings onto your butterfly wings. You could sew a length of elastic into a loop, and fasten the middle of the loop to the middle of the butterfly wings, or you could sew two lengths of ribbon onto the middle of the wings. Elastic will allow a child to put the wings on by herself, but ribbon is more adjustable and leads to a better overall fit. These particular wings are for my little daughter’s fashion runway debut (don’t ask), and so I’ve sewn ribbon onto them, so that I can tie the wings onto her in such a way that it won’t mar the look of her runway outfit.

And no, the wings don’t actually help you to fly, but they certainly don’t hurt, either!

Written by Julie Finn

I'm a writer, crafter, Zombie Preparedness Planner, and homeschooling momma of two kids who will hopefully someday transition into using their genius for good, not the evil machinations and mess-making in which they currently indulge. I'm interested in recycling and nature crafts, food security, STEM education, and the DIY lifestyle, however it's manifested--making myself some underwear out of T-shirts? Done it. Teaching myself guitar? Doing it right now.

Visit my blog Craft Knife for a peek at our very weird handmade homeschool life, and my etsy shop Pumpkin+Bear for a truly odd number of rainbow-themed beeswax pretties.


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  1. Great stuff! I have one suggestion–it would be great if all your awesome descriptions came with pictures for visual learners like me. I would appreciate it!

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