How to Make Paper Angel Wings With Marion Smith Designs

by Keri Sallee

Today, I want to show you how to make a simple pair of angel wings from Marion Smith's "Mad Tea Party" collection and poster board.


  • Marion Smith Designs "Mad Tea Party" Collection
  • Matte Gel Medium
  • Posterboard
  • Scissors
  • Exacto or Craft Knife
  • Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist-Coffee Shop
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Pen or Marker
  • Spray Water Bottle
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    Start with a 1/4 of a sheet of poster board.

    Step 2

    Fold it in half width-wise.

    Step 3

    Draw the outline of your desired shape. I suggest doing a google search for angels wing shapes. There are many styles and you might find you like 1 more than another.

    Step 4

    With your poster board still folded, cut out your shape. When you are done, open it up and you have your wing base.

    Step 5

    Next, grab your matte gel medium (you can also use Mod Modge.)

    Step 6

    Apply your gel medium to the bottom part of the wing.

    Step 7

    Lay a small sheet of paper over your gel medium. Doing this is easier than trying to layer "feathers" on these intricate places later. :) Apply a layer of gel medium over it and allow to dry.

    Step 8

    To give yourself an idea of how big your feathers need to be, do a rough sketch of your feathers on your wing.

    Step 9

    To make a large number of feathers at one time, fold your paper accordion style.

    Step 10

    Draw a feather design on your paper. I chose a tear drop shape, but you can play with different shapes for different effects!

    Step 11

    Once you have cut your first wings, use them as a template for your other feathers. Wings this size take approx 40 larger feathers and 12 smaller feathers (we will make these later.)

    Step 12

    To give your feathers textures, start by spraying them with water.

    Step 13

    Now would also be the best time if you are wanting a distressed look, to spray your feathers with a colored mist like Tattered Angels in Coffee Shop.

    Step 14

    Don't forget to spray your wings with your spray ink as well.

    Step 15

    Here is a closeup of one feather. you can see that the Glimmer Mist adds color and shine!

    Step 16

    While the feathers are still damp, scrunch them in a messy accordion shape. Repeat this with all of your feathers.

    Step 17

    Once you are done, you will have a big pile of feathers! Allow them to dry completely. A heat gun can speed this up if needed.

    Step 18

    While your featehers are drying, flip your wings over. Using an exacto or craft knife, cut the away the excess paper from your wings.

    Step 19

    This was my finished product once I finished.

    Step 20

    Before I started adding my feathers, I decided to trim down the connector between my two wings. I also did a couple of dry runs with my feathers to get an idea of how best to arrange them.

    Step 21

    It works best to start from the bottom and work your way up.

    Step 22

    Apply a line of hot glue at the top of your feather.

    Step 23

    Continue layering your feathers in a row. When you start your next row, place the tip of that feather in between the two feathers below it.

    Step 24

    Sometimes the feathers don't lay just right. When that happens, simply lift the feather up slightly and add a little glue.

    Step 25

    For me, it took about 3 layers of larger feathers to fill the majority of my wing. Once I reached the top, I angled my feather slightly to go with the curve of the top of the wing.

    Step 26

    Here are the layered feather's at the top.

    Step 27

    Once all of the larger feathers are in place, I thought the bottom looked a little

    Step 28

    From my scraps, I hand cut 12 small feathers and did the same process of crinkling and distressing them.

    Step 29

    I tucked them under my last layer of feathers, graduating them down..row of 3..row of 2, then 1

    Step 30

    To hang your wings, use your hot glue to adhere a rope or ribbon to the back. From the front, there were a few places were you could still see the white poster board, so I simply trimmed them out.

    Step 31

    Here are my finished wings! I love my mixed of colors and patterns, but you can make them out of any paper you wish. The sky is the limit! I hope enjoyed today's project!