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Katie Hacker & Jenny Barnett Rohrs


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Age Range: 7 to 12

Grade Range: 2 to 6

Skill Level: Moderate

Appropriate for These Special Events:
Every Day and Rainy Days

Supports Subject Area(s) of:
Language Arts – e.g. step by step instructions
Mathematics - measuring
Visual Arts

Time needed for project:
1 to 1½ hours

Designed by Cheryl Ball

Materials needed:
FloraCraft® Design It® SimpleStyle® Decorative Mesh–10” and 6” wide, white
FloraCraft® Design It® SimpleStyle® Glittered Organza – Silver Lattice
FloraCraft® Design It® SimpleStyle® Diamond Wrap – Silver
Elmer’s® CraftBond Tacky Glue
(White and silver is suggested but any colors may be used)

Basic Supplies:
Tape measure
Elastic – 1 yard, ½” wide- decorative
Chenille stems (cut in half)
Wire cutters



  1. Measure and cut one 56” and one 50” length from 10” wide decorative mesh, then 44” and 36” from 6” wide mesh.  Be sure to cut evenly between strands for a straight edge.
  2. Place longest length of mesh on work surface.  Bend ends toward center and overlap about 4”.  Note: width of wings can be changed to create smaller ones by trimming ends at this time. Use stapler to carefully staple layers together adding one every 2” or so.  Repeat step with shorter length.
  3. Place shorter section on top of longer section.  Use fingers to carefully gather sections across centers holding tightly together.  Wrap 2 chenille stems around center about 4” apart, twisting tightly to hold.
  4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 with 6” sections of mesh.
  5. Cut two 30” lengths of Organza, then repeat steps above to create one section with two loops on each side. (Make sure sparkle side is facing out).
  6. Place organza bundle over combined mesh bundle and secure with chenille stem as before.
  7. Use wire cutters to trim chenille stems to about ½” then bend flush with mesh for a smooth surface.
  8. Use tape measure to determine length needed for elastic to fit around arms and across back. Cut elastic to this length adding 4” for overlap.  Overlap elastic 2” then add chenille stem to form two even loops for arms to go through.
  9. Cut an 8” length of Diamond Wrap.  Measure and cut width of mesh to fit width of center section cutting wide enough to cover all chenille stems.  Wrap around center then cut length to fit around center with a 1” overlap. Mesh is easily cut with scissors.
  10. Cover the back of the Diamond Wrap with glue.  Wrap around center of wings making sure overlapped seam is in the back where the elastic is.  Let dry.



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