Holiday Angel Wing Tutorial
November 29, 2017
Paper crafted DIY Angel wings

I created angel wings using my Cricut Explore Air for a Peace on Earth holiday display. Check out how I did it and grab the feather svg files to make some magic for your home! Holiday Angel Wing Tutorial at Halfpint Design. Great for Christmas, Easter, Halloween, Baby Showers, and general home decor.

Holiday Angel Wing Tutorial

Ready for some great news!? I had a Peace on Earth Christmas project featured in Twinkle Twinkle Little Party Magazine this week! A special thanks to Andressa for all her hard work curating such an incredible issue! You’ve got to head on over to the publication to see the full display but so many people have inquired about the angel wings in my article that I wanted to share them with everyone! If you’re looking to add Christmas Spirit into your home decor this Angel Wing Tutorial is the perfect Holiday project for you.

Angel wings concept sketch. I created angel wings Cricut Explore Air for a Peace on Earth holiday display. Check out how I did it and grab the feather svg files to make some magic for your home! Holiday Angel Wing Tutorial at Halfpint Design. Great for Christmas, Easter, Halloween, Baby Showers, and general home decor.

I did a lot of searching for the right shape and style of angel wings and found some metal ones I loved on Etsy but the feathers weren’t exactly what I was looking for. So I borrowed the shape and created a feather layout of my own. The finished product ended up a little differently than this but that’s what concept sketches are all about; just a springboard to get you moving. I’m all about letting the creative process run its course.

  • Level of Difficulty: MEDIUM to DIFFICULT {depending on your craft comfort level}
  • Time Commitment: 4-6 hours {4 days if you have children!}

Angel Wing Tutorial Supplies 

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Everything you need for angel wings. I created angel wings with my Cricut Explore Air for a Peace on Earth holiday display. Check out how I did it and grab the feather svg files to make some magic for your home! Holiday Angel Wing Tutorial at Halfpint Design. Great for Christmas, Easter, Halloween, Baby Showers, and general home decor.

Angel Wing Tutorial:

Step 1: Cut the base and feathers

Started the angel wings on a poster board base. I created angel wings with my Cricut Explore Air for a Peace on Earth holiday display. Check out how I did it and grab the feather svg files to make some magic for your home! Holiday Angel Wing Tutorial at Halfpint Design. Great for Christmas, Easter, Halloween, Baby Showers, and general home decor.

I just sketched the wing outline on the piece of poster board. If you’d like to use this same shape as a template feel free to download it below. You’ll need to print it out on six pages and tape together to create the template. Get the Base Template HERE

The Cricut Design Space files are designed with the “Print and cut” feature and have the interior pattern of the feather ribs included. If you have a different brand of electronic cutter you can pick up the feather outline svg files here. {Please note that they will NOT have the interior ribbing}

UPDATE: The feather files with pattern fill are now available HERE. If you are new to Cricut, please check out the step by step instructions on how to create a print then cut project.  

    • (26) Small cut feathers – for use in Cricut Design Space
    • (32) Medium cut Feathers – for use in Cricut Design Space
    • (24) Long cut Feathers – for use in Cricut Design Space

Step 2: Shape & Attach Long Feathers

Bend each feather just a bit at the end to create a more realistic 3D effect. I created angel wings with my Cricut Explore Air for a Peace on Earth holiday display. Check out how I did it and grab the feather svg files to make some magic for your home! Holiday Angel Wing Tutorial at Halfpint Design. Great for Christmas, Easter, Halloween, Baby Showers, and general home decor.

Softly bend each feather at the tip to add dimension and give it a more realistic 3D appearance. Attach feathers using adhesive on the quill end, allowing the feather tips to move freely. You can see how I added the first layer of long feathers in the image for STEP 1. You’ll want to slightly overlap each feather keeping the leading edge on the same side all the way up {I chose the left side to show and right to tuck under} so your shadows are consistent.

Step 3: Add Paint for Shadows

Use a stiff bristle brush to stipple the gold paint on each feather. I created angel wings with my Cricut Explore Air for a Peace on Earth holiday display. Check out how I did it and grab the feather svg files to make some magic for your home! Holiday Angel Wing Tutorial at Halfpint Design. Great for Christmas, Easter, Halloween, Baby Showers, and general home decor.

I love the Color Bloom Spray Mist because it is already the perfect consistency. You can spray it straight from the nozzle but I found that the “fine mist” was not even and I ended up with drips on my “test wing”. The best technique was to spray it into a cup, using the stiff bristle stencil paint brush to lightly stipple it on. Use a paper towel to remove excess paint before adding to avoid “over painting”. I added gold accent paint to the quill end of each feather and lightly down the inside edge to add shading and depth. Add the paint one layer at a time allowing each layer to dry before adding a new one. 

Step 4: Affix Medium Feathers

Small feather layer. I created angel wings with my Cricut Explore Air for a Peace on Earth holiday display. Check out how I did it and grab the feather svg files to make some magic for your home! Holiday Angel Wing Tutorial at Halfpint Design. Great for Christmas, Easter, Halloween, Baby Showers, and general home decor.

After you’ve done 2 layers of long feathers, add 2 layers of medium feathers. I liked the rows that I curved a bit instead of the one row I made really straight. Can you spot which one I wish I could change in the photo below? Keep adhering the feathers, then adding the paint one row at a time, remembering to let it dry in between.

Step 5: Top it off

Here's one finished wing. I created angel wings with my Cricut Explore Air for a Peace on Earth holiday display. Check out how I did it and grab the feather svg files to make some magic for your home! Holiday Angel Wing Tutorial at Halfpint Design. Great for Christmas, Easter, Halloween, Baby Showers, and general home decor.

Add your final 2 layers of small feathers and paint. Then, you’ll need to finish off the top. These small feathers are affixed sideways in a curved shape to give definition to the top of the wing. Trim off the quill and round the edge of the final feather on each side, closest to the center.

Step 6: Repeat 

I created angel wings with my Cricut Explore Air for a Peace on Earth holiday display. Check out how I did it and grab the feather svg files to make some magic for your home! Holiday Angel Wing Tutorial at Halfpint Design. Great for Christmas, Easter, Halloween, Baby Showers, and general home decor.

Go through the same steps on the other side for your second wing. The only tricky part was where the wings met in middle. You might need to trim the quill off a few more feathers to get a nice finished look. Make sure your rows line up in the center. Start at the same point of your base for each row and try to end at the same height as well. You can use a yardstick to make sure your feathers are lining up on the edges.

 Paper crafted Angel wings with bow made from a branch and paper straw arrow. Perfect Cupid arrow for Valentine's Day, Bridal Shower, Engagement Party, or Wedding decor. Halfpint Party Design

To Hang

Adding a strip of cardboard with flexible wire on each side gave me the ability to attach it to this reclaimed window for display. 

DO NOT hang from only one point of contact or your wings may droop.

I hope you enjoyed this Holiday Angel Wing Tutorial and are ready to roll up your sleeves and start MAKING them. I’d love to hear what you think of these, where you’d put it in your own home, and which holidays and events you could use it for. Light plastic wings would be perfect for a Halloween Angel Costume. Angels are wonderful for Christmas of course, but could work equally well at Easter. Angels are a sweet theme for a baby shower as well. I loved them to create “Cupid’s Corner” in my own home for Valentine’s Day.

And if you haven’t checked out the whole article on Twinkle Twinkle Little Party Magazine….you’re missing out!

Until next time,

Halfpint Design, personal headshot, Bri Adams

29 Comments

  1. Kristine

    Thank you so much for sharing this. It took me almost a month to put it all together. I did have to cut every feather by hand and I have 3 year old who kept me busy as well. Because I don’t have Cricut so I imported the same files into Photoshop, squeezed few more feathers per page and printed it all out.
    It absolutely beautiful. <3 xxx

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    • Brianna Adams

      I’m so glad that you were able to get a few more feathers to a page. It makes me crazy that the print area is so small with the print and cut feature. I’d be honored to see a photo of your labor of love. I have a 4 year old so I totally understand! I’m so proud!!

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  2. Martha Marie Lofton

    I am looking for a reason or verse people are making angel wings . I know they are beautiful and are angel wings from heaven. but is there a verse that goes with them?

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    • Hope Bergstresser

      There are many verses in the Bible talking about Angel’s. Their servants of God, they are at his beacon call. There messengers from God. Not all have wings some have multiple. One thing to remember God made us and Angel’s. But we were made in GOD’S image. We all have a personal guardian angel. Read your Bible it’s so fascinating you’ll love GOD’S word.

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  3. Diane

    I am so happy I found your beautiful angel Wing project. Just what I’ve been looking forever!

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  4. Jasmine

    Hello, I’m trying to recreate this DIY. However when I open the largest feather on cricut design space it says it is too large to print then cut. Are the dimensions on your feathers different? I’m new to cricut so I’m a little lost =/

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  5. Maria

    How do I sign up or register?

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  6. Iesha Fennell

    When I clicked on Design Space link it says private. How can I access it?

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  7. angelalambert7

    This is such a great DIy. This is probably my favorite so far.
    Angela

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  8. Parties With A Cause

    The gold was a must. Without it the wings fell flat. The shimmer added just the right amount of magic! And they are so easy to hang. I’ve toying the idea of making them out of other materials but this was pretty slick! Thank you so much.

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  9. livewellplaytogether

    These are gorgeous! I love the touch of gold on them and that they are made from card stock so really not too heavy to hang and display at all! Great job on these!

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  10. Lori Hanrehan

    Amazing tutorial Bri!! They’re just so stunning!!

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  11. like Sara...but with a d

    These are so pretty! I want to wear them!

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  12. Janine Huldie

    Omg, these are absolutely gorgeous and sadly I have 2 kids so the 4 days to make would probably be double that here though LOL 😉

    Reply

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