I don’t know why, but I love BIG art, pieces that make a statement and start a conversation. And I love angel wings. There’s just something about them that is absolutely beautiful.
I created these large angel wings in hopes to have them look as though they were intricately carved from wood. I think they turned out beautifully and I hope you do too!
I’d like to share with you how I made these Beautiful, Large Angel Wings…0ut of cardboard and paper mache. Yes, I said it, paper mache (like what you used elementary school…so yes, you’ve done this sort of project before and you can do it again).
Oh yeah, and did I mention this project only cost about $10!
Begin by deciding how large you want the angel wings. I wanted mine to fill the majority of the space above my mantel.
Next (this is the hardest part), free-hand the outline of an angel wing. I used a big sheet of paper to draw on. Once I came up with the right shape I cut two mirrored wings on heavy cardboard. I used an appliance box (it’s like really sturdy, double thick cardboard).
Next you’ll need the feathers. I like them to overlap a little bit for more dimension. The top feathers are a little larger than the feathers in the middle and the feathers at the bottom are long and thin.
You’ll need to cut lots of feathers to cover both wings (to figure out about how many you’ll need, draw feathers on your wing outline). Cut them out of cardboard, but not the super heavy like used from the appliance box, just normal cardboard because the really thick stuff is kind of difficult to cut through. By the way, I used kitchen scissors to cut everything out, they seem to be the toughest scissors.
Once the feathers are cut out, start taping them on (overlapping them a bit). I used masking tape.
Next is the paper mache part. I recommend one or two layers. You can find paper mache recipes if you search through Pinterest, it’s basically flour, water, and salt. Let it dry thoroughly.
Finally, give these wings the look you want. Initially I wanted to look wooden and thought about painting them brown but decided I wanted a lighter more angelic look so I went with the white.
I used spray paint to cover the wings and once the spray paint was dry rubbed some wood stain around the edges.
I LOVE the way these look on my mantel!
I hope this encourages you to create your own artwork to use as festive holiday décor.