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How to Make Wings

Many kinds of wings are used with crepe paper costumes.

Making Feather Wings

Feather wings, such as Cupid wings and angel wings, are made on a founda­tion of wire bent in the correct shape, or if they are quite large, the foundation is made of cardboard reinforced with wire. When cardboard is used, cut inthe desired shape and then cut out the center, leaving a narrow frame. A wire, shaped to follow the outline of the wing, is fastened to Continue reading “How to Make Wings”

Making Crepe Paper Hats

The foundations for many different kinds of crepe paper hats are close fitting caps. Use a piece of crepe paper from 5 to 10 inches wide and long enough to reach around the head. Paste the two short ends together. Gather the top and fasten tightly with spool wire, leaving sufficient length to make the flower stem, if one is required. The lower edge may be turned back, making a double Continue reading “Making Crepe Paper Hats”

Hollyhock Costume

Hollyhock Crepe Paper Costume

materials needed (16 year old size):

2 Folds No. 46 Leaf Green Crepe Paper
1 Fold No. 41 Apple Green Crepe Paper
1 Fold No. 364 Decorated Crepe Paper
1 Sheet No. 13 Mat Stock

The foundation is a plain long waist to which is attached a skirt of fringe.
Panels of double crepe fluted on the edges extend from the shoulders to the bottom of the skirt, front and back. To the panels are pasted hollyhocks cut from Continue reading “Hollyhock Costume”

Wisteria Costume

Wisteria Crepe Paper Costume

materials needed (adult size):

3 Folds No. 22 Violet Crepe Paper
3 Folds No. 23 Purple Crepe Paper
1 Fold No. 45 Moss Green Crepe Paper
1 Fold No. 71 Tan Crepe Paper

The shape of the natural flower is obtained by cutting the foundation in a deep point on one side and covering with twisted Continue reading “Wisteria Costume”

Daffodil Costume

Daffodil Crepe Paper Costume

materials needed (16 year old size):

3 Folds No. 61 Light Amber Crepe Paper
3 Folds No. 63 Dark Amber Crepe Paper
2 Folds No. 45 Moss Green Crepe Paper
1 Doz. No. 10 Wire
1/2 Doz. No. 7 Wire
1 Sheet No. 13 Mat Stock

The skirt is a plain one slightly gathered at the waist. The bottom is fluted on the edge, turned up about 3 inches and the edge fluted again. Six large petals are Continue reading “Daffodil Costume”

How to Make Crepe Paper Petals for Costumes

Cutting Strips of Petals from Crepe Paper

Slip the paper from the packet, mark and cut off the required width. Unfold the strip, stretch slightly, then starting with the two ends together refold until there are eight thick­nesses. Make straight cuts down the required distance apart and round off the sections as necessary. Be sure to leave a piece of paper at the top at least 2 or 3 inches uncut (illustration No.2).

Creating Twisted Petals from Crepe Paper

Cut strips of petals as described above, then holding a petal division between the thumbs and forefingers of both hands, twist towards you with one hand and away with the other. Repeat until the whole strip is twisted (illustration No.3).

Making Rose Petals from Crepe Paper

Roll the top edges of the petal over a knitting needle of suitable size, and if a crushed effect is wanted, push the paper close together as it is rolled around the needle. When very large petals are being made use a pencil in­stead of a knitting needle (illustration No.4).

Making Cup Shaped Petals from Crepe Paper

Take several thicknesses of petals together or a single petal and with the thumbs in the center of the petal and the forefingers on the opposite side near the edges push the petal into shape.

How to Wire Crepe Paper Petals and Leaves for Costumes

How to Wire Crepe Paper Petals and Leaves

Use straight wires, not spool wire, unless the petals are very small. Cut the wires a little longer than the petals to which they are to be attached. Hold about six wires by one end, keeping them out in a flat row rather than in a tight bunch. Rest the other end on a piece of paper on the table and cover one side of the wires with paste. Place the wires, one at a time, sticky side down, in the center of a petal or leaf, allowing the extra length to extend below the base. Press down firmly until dry.

How To Wrap Wires with Crepe for Costumes

How to Wrap Wires with Crepe Paper

The crepe paper for wrapping wires should be cut through the entire thickness of the fold and doubled through the center lengthwise. This may be done by folding the entire strip before starting to wind the paper around the wire or by folding and winding at the same time. Put a little paste at the end of the wire and wind the crepe around two or three times very tightly; then, holding the wire in the right hand, twirl it Continue reading “How To Wrap Wires with Crepe for Costumes”