and I wrote all about it). Then, he got into Jake and the Neverland Pirates. Then, as part of our prep-watching for our upcoming vacation to Disney World, we watched Disney's Peter Pan for one of our movie nights. It was all over from there...
And I love it.
So, when he asked me to make him fairy wings so he could play Tinker Bell, I couldn't say no. We took a trip to Michael's to pick out some flowers and paint, and I finally forgave Jake for having wire hangers in his closet. (He's getting better, but there are still a couple. I struggle not to go all Joan Crawford on him, but it's what keeps our marriage interesting.) I used this tutorial, which was pretty darned clear. My one note: even though I used Q-sized stockings, they compressed my hanger-shapes, so they wound up thinner than my original design. It's cool; he loves them, and so do I!
I realized if I could make fairy wings, I could probably make a pair of swords for swordfighting, too. The Kid has been initiating swordfights with everything from chopsticks to plastic cucumbers to rubber snakes. Jake and I hadn't had The Play Weapon Talk yet--it had never come up. But both of us figured, if The Kid uses safe foam swords to play pirate, how could we argue?
Especially because I'm a craft-nerd who already had all of the materials, and didn't have to buy anything...
Tutorial after the jump.
1 Poly-Fill Tru-Foam foam pad
Paints (I used Liquitex acrylics)
Mod-Podge (I used satin finish)
4. ...Add embellishments! The Kid's favorite color is orange, so I sketched out some jewels on the hilt and painted one orange. The other is blue, because color wheel opposites. I outlined the embellishments with cartoonish black lines. Again, be sure to let the paint dry completely between steps.