Dragon Wings

The first week of March, we visited my husband’s family in Kentucky. They have much warmer, sunnier weather than we do around that time so we spent a lot of time outdoors taking in all the fresh air. My husband’s family lives on the river so my oldest son especially enjoyed walking by the river everyday, throwing rocks and sticks in. 

One day we were walking by the river and my oldest son noticed his shadow. We had fun jumping and making our shadows do silly things. I thought it would be fun to make a sun catcher and make our shadows bright and colorful. So that night, I created sun catcher dragon wings out of cardboard and cellophane.

Kid wearing Dragon Wings casting a colorful shadow into the water using repurposed cardboard

Tip 1: You will want to use cellophane instead of tissue paper for these suncatchers to make the beautiful, colorful shadows on the ground. I purchased cellophane sheets from Amazon.

Kid playing with Dragon Wings on his back running in the sunlight

Tip 2: If you are trying to get a cute picture of your child wearing their wings, I learned that the sun placement matters. If you look at the pictures that I took of my two sons, you will notice that the colorful shadow is behind my oldest son in his pictures and in front of my youngest son for his pictures. I like the look of the shadow in the front better. To accomplish you will want the sun to be in front of you/behind your child when taking the picture. 

Child riding tricycle wearing dragon wings made of cardboard catching the sun

What you will need:

cardboard, box cutter, clear tape, yarn, cellophane sheets

Directions:

1. Trace and cut out dragon wings shape from cardboard

2. Cut cellophane sheets to fit in holes of wings

3. Tape cellophane to the wings

4. Attach yarn to make the wings wearable. I had room at the top and bottom of my wings to tie the yarn. Another option would be to tape the yarn to the cardboard.

5. Finally, enjoy the beautiful shadows your wings will create!

Inspired by: aplayfilledlife

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Suzanne Gelfound
1 year ago

This is wonderful my preschool class would go crazy for these!

Heather Behrends
1 year ago

This is AWESOME! I have never seen anything like this and LOVE the creativity!

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