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Published on August 12th, 2012 | by Jules Yap


LÖVA elf

Materials: 2 LÖVA, 2 FLYN LILL and 1 POLARVIDE, accesories; KLISTRIG place mat and SMYCKA flowers and leafs

Description: I really fell in love with the LÖVA children’s bed canopy, but I don’t have kids and no place to put one up. But the item remained in the back of my head. Than there was the invitation to Castlefest a fantasy event in Lisse, The Netherlands (where I’m from). At the festival most of the people will be dressed as a fantasy figure.

I had one wish big wings and elf ears. Then there was the task of making a costume. And it was a success, I made the national news!

I’m a big fan of Ikea and as soon as I knew I wanted to make my huge ass wings from the LÖVA canopies, I went shopping.

2 FLYN LILL green panel curtains
1 green POLARVIDE plaid
6 sets of SMYCKA leafs, both kinds
10 SMYCKA small yellow flowers (buttercups)
1 KLISTRIG place mat set
and of course 2 LÖVA canopies

All I needed then was an old wedding dress, an old trekking backpack, a basket and some embellishments.

Then I bought a wig and some ears to complete my look.

The wings

I used the backpack with frame as a harness for the wings. Some wood was used in the backpack to screw the wings on later in the process.

Backpack inside

We had to saw off a big part of the glass fiber stem. The small remaining part we screwed to the back plate with some small pipe saddle clamps. In the top of the backpack we burned some holes in the seem and used some nylon cord to run behind the glass fiber frame pole in the edge. Then stapled it to the backpack.
I covered the backpack straps and visible parts with almost one FLYN LILL curtain. I used the SMYCKA leaves and bow that came with the dress to create the illusion of lower wings, covering the lower part of the backpack.

In the dress I made two cuts in the back to hide the hip strap.

From 1 POLARVIDE plaid I made a coat/vest and hood. It was a warm day so I only wore it later that evening. During the day it cover my belongings in the basket. Which I toped off with a bouquet SMYCkA buttercups.

Pattern of the vest and hood

The dress
On the dress I made some decorations in the neckline with a piece of FLYN LILL. And uses one full FLYN LILL on the skirt. Where the ends of the curtain overlap ik made a little rose of the fabric used a white rose embellishment en two remaining SMYCKA leaves.

On the other side on the bottom of the skirt I used the birds from the KLISTRIG place mat as decoration, 4 birds I hung with some ribbon from two bracelets on both arms.

I had the most wonderful and fairy-like day and was a big hit with the photographers but especially the children.

I’m not a costume maker and not big with the sewing machine, with a bit of creativity and the Ikea you can do a lot. I certainly felt like an elf!

And the nice thing was, there where 2 kinds of people, 1 group who recognized the canopies immediately and another who had no idea you could do that with Ikea. And then there was one person who mentioned I definitely should be featured on Ikea hackers.

~ Anke, Holland (Twitter: @knutselservice (dutch))

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Jules Yap

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30 Responses to LÖVA elf

  1. Wow. That´s a fantastic idea. And you´re so pretty. :)

  2. Anonymous says:

    I love this hack. Fantastic. I think as it was posted on my birthday it is telling me to treat myself!

  3. Anonymous says:

    You look beautiful.

  4. Anonymous says:

    You looked amazing! When I saw you, I emediatly regonized your wings being from Ikea. GREAT JOB!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Really nice! I love it! I’m just like you, those canopies remained hunting my mind somewhere and this is some perfect hack for it!
    Echt een aanrader voor iedereen, met of zonder kinderen. De truc met de oude rugzak is een schitterend idee. Nogmaals een dikke proficiat! No wonder you made the national news..

  6. Anke says:

    That would have been a great idea, haven’t found such footage yet.
    There are two moving images of my costume I know of:
    6:15 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzz20_0SdpY
    9:36 http://nos.nl/uitzendingen/2851-nos-journaal-1800.html

  7. Anonymous says:

    I congratulate you and wish you or someone else would have made a video about your walk! Wiebke

  8. MacMama says:

    You look great Anke! I bet you put a smile on everyone’s face:) Inlcuding your own;)

    • Anke says:

      Tnx, I couldn’t wipe the grin off my face indeed :)
      Is the Roodkapje en draken cape yours?

      I saw them in my search for a fleece jacket, they are really cute!

  9. Anke says:

    Here is the sewing pattern for the POLARVIDE jacket(not to scale).
    I used a shrug I had to draw the body on the plaid. Then drew the arms tot the corners.
    Open the front with a cut to the fold and only in the front panel you draw the neckline and cut it out (half a circle).

    Fold the corners and use a stick to secure it.

    The pattern:

  10. Anonymous says:

    It reminds me of that saying about being like a duck (or maybe swan would be more appropriate here): all calm and beautiful on top, paddling like hell underneath. It’s funny to think of all that effortless looking elegance being built on a backpack frame with means-business straps and putting 3kg of weight in the breeze above your head. Well concealed!

    Can’t see myself ever doing the whole thing, but I will be eyeing up the polarvide blankets next time I’m in a store.

    • Anke says:

      Haha true, but it was surprisingly comfortable, only my arm muscles got soar (4 clay cups in my basket is heavy on the arms). I had the wings on the full day and luckily there was hardly any wind that day, but again – straps straps straps. :p Although I tested them in some wind and they could withstand them. But you feel the wind pulling on them.

  11. Anonymous says:

    wow!!!This is amazing!! And it looks fun! I LOVE it!!

  12. designindoor says:

    Brilliant, I should try these n next halloween for my kid ^^

    • Anke says:

      The wings are around 3 kilo’s in total in weight.
      Rising about 60 cm above your hight.

      The trick is using a backpack with enough straps.
      If it isn’t to windy, your kid will me fine ;)


  13. Sara Bellum says:

    That was amazingly clever and you look beautiful! Great hack and I’m glad you had fun.

  14. Katchups says:

    That looks so fun! Great hack!

  15. Anonymous says:

    The jacket and hood are very easy, I’m not a great seemstres. I don’t know how big your daughter is but for my long arms folding te plaid was the perfect armlenght. I used the remaining 4 triangular scraps for the hood. Good luck with your project!


  16. lerusisik says:

    it´s marvellous! my daughter demands from me immediately such jacket and hood. great hack!

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