Do you wish that you could run away to Neverland and leave all of your cares behind? Create a fairy costume that will make you feel like you are halfway there. Take a playful trip back to your childhood where everything sparkles and pixie dust is the solution to all of life's problems.
Things You'll Need
- E6000 Spray Glue
- Small Paint Brush
- Fabric Scissors
- Bamboo Dowel Rods
- Wooden Star
- 2 Yards of Sparkle Tulle fabric
- 1 Yard of Tulle Trim
- Stretch Sequin Trim
- Hot Glue Gun
- 3 (.49oz ) Packages of Fine Glitter (Featured Choice Fairy Sparkles- Disco Crystal)
- 1 (.49 oz) Package of Fine Glitter in a Contrast Color
- Pair of white shoes
- Straight Pins
- Paper Bags
- Pen or Pencil
Make the Sparkle Shoes
Cut open a paper bag to create workspace. Spray a small area of the shoe with E600 Spray glue and sprinkle with glitter. If you are nervous, you can test the glue on paper or your bag before you begin.
Continue to spray small area of the shoes with E6000 and cover in glitter. I recommend staring with the toe of the shoe and working your way back to the heel. Place on the paper bag to dry.
After the first round of glue has dried, flip the shoe and continue the same process on the heel and sides. I found it worked best to place one hand inside of the shoe and rotate as needed. Let shoes dry over night
If you accidentally spray too much glue, use a paper towel to wipe up the excess.
If you need to add glitter to small or hard to reach area, spray a paintbrush with E6000 and paint the area. Once it is coated, sprinkle on the glitter
The old shoes that I was about to toss in the trash now have a brand new sparkly life.
Make the Wand
Use a hot glue gun to glue the wooden star to the end of the bamboo stick. You may have to glue a couple times before the star will actually stay in place.
Cover your wand with glitter using the same process as the shoes. I choose to make the star green and the base of the wand silver to match the shoes.
As with the shoes, if you are having trouble getting the glitter to stick to small areas, spray the E6000 on a paintbrush and apply.
Measure and cut ribbon tulle to desired length to accessorize your wand. I choose to glue the ribbon to the backside the the star to camouflage the hot glue areas.
Your shoes and wand are ready! All you need now is a purse to carry your pixie dust. You can use a purse you already own or you pick up a small organza bag from a craft store and decorate it will jewels. Add any excess glitter from your workshop to be used as your pixie dust.
Make the Tulle Tutu
Measure your waist using the stretch sequin trim. Be sure to create at least an inch of overlap and then cut. This will be used as the waistband of the skirt. Measure 1 1/2" of Velcro and and cut.
Place a line of hot glue on the inside of the stretch sequin trim and fold over a small section. This will create a clean finish and eliminate fraying at the ends. Separate Velcro and glue one section to the backside of the sequin trim. Hold firmly until dry.
Cloth is porous and the glue expands as you hold pieces together. Be careful not burn yourself on any excess glue.
Separate the velcro and glue one section to the backside of the sequin trim. Hold firmly until dry. Be careful not burn yourself on any excess glue.
Flip over the sequin trim to the shiny side. Glue the opposite side of the velcro to the opposing side. Try on the new belt that you created and be sure that it fits your hips securely. If the belt it is big, just cut and adjust.
Step 5: Create Petal Pattern
Cut open a paper bag and lay it flat. Use a ruler or tape measure to determine the desired length of your skirt. (For example, my desired length is 11 inches.) Using a ruler, draw a vertical line on your paper bag to match to match that measurement. Next find the midpoint of your line and leave a mark. Use your midpoint to place the ruler horizontally. Create a 10-inch horizontal line in the middle and again at the top of your vertical line. Use these grid lines to draw an even petal shape. Once you achieve the desired shape, cut out your petal pattern.
Fold over your tulle fabric the length of your petal, plus 1/4 of an inch. This method will allow you to cut two petals at time. Place the petal pattern piece near edge of fabric and pin in place using straight pins. Use your fabric scissors to cut out Petal. Continue to cut out petals until you reach the desired amount to complete your skirt.
Stretch out the sequin trim. Be sure to stretch out as much as possible, otherwise your skirt might end up too small. Face the shiny side of the band down to your work surface and secure using straight pins. This step is very important because we are working with a stretch and woven fabric.
Starting on the left hand side, pin Petals in place using straight pins, overlapping them slightly. Once you have all the petals pinned, release the elastic.
Once the elastic is released, you will notice small gaps or pockets in the tulle. Don't fret, this will allow the elastic to stretch and the skirt will smooth out once it is on the body.
Sew or use a hot glue gun to secure the petals in place. Once your petals are in place you are all set.
Once your Petals are in place you are all set.
Purchase a standard pair of angel wings.
Rather than using the typical white elastic to hold the wings in place, I prefer to use a matching material that will help tie the ensemble together. Using a stretch material, measure and cut stripes 2 inch wide strips. Use the original elastic to determine the desired length..
Use hot glue to attach the fabric to wings
Create a loop for the armhole and tie a double knot. Use the glue gun to hide the excess material and create a clean finish
Complete the Look
Complete this costume with form fitting dress or a matching leotard. Accessorize with sparkle jewelry, a small bag of fairy dust (a.k.a. glitter), fairy wings, and tights. I personally love to add tiny rhinestones my fishnets to create an extra shimmer head to toe.
Be sure to add glitter and jewels into your makeup routine.
Keep in mind there are several different types of fairies in the world of make believe, so let your imagination run wild. All of the items that we created today can easily be modified to fit a different fairy theme. For example, a Spring fairy might have a wand with a flower at the end rather than a star and a multicolored tulle tutu rather than a solid. I would recommend accessorizing the costume with crown of flowers, and mixing flower petals with the bag of pixie dust.