I made these wings and costumes for my daughter and I to wear to the Maryland Faerie Festival. It took several tries before I could get the wings just right. The pantyhose method didn't work well with the wire I was using, so I used a sheer white curtain that had been lying in my stash for years and hot glued it to the wire frames. I also tried painting them with regular acrylic paint and a sponge brush but the color came out too opaque for my taste. Instead I decided to try spray paint and that worked perfectly.
She asked for a shirt and pants with blue on the top and orange on the bottom, so I made a pillowcase top and bloomers and dip dyed them to her specifications. The "belt" is just blue ribbon with a flower hot glued onto it, and the headband is more of the same wire I used for the wings.
I made myself a headband out of ribbon, elastic, felt, and more fake flowers
And I made my skirt by cutting up a dryad costume
I made years ago for my boyfriend's LARP
And because this post doesn't have enough pictures yet, I also made a pair of wings for my boyfriend's niece's birthday. This time I whip stitched the fabric to the wire after hot gluing it in place, to make it extra secure. She's a bit of a wild child and I was afraid she would destroy them. She really loved them, though, and according to her mother she wants to wear them all the time now.