How to make a moth costume

Updated April 17, 2017

Children love dressing up as bugs and insects. Moth, butterfly, bee and dragonfly costumes can all be made at home. The most critical part of the costume is the wings which you can make fairly easily from items many found around the home. If you’re making this costume for a child let them help out with the creation. Of course, adults can dress as moths too.

Choose a base colour for your moth. Black, brown or grey are suitable as they are normally drab, but make it any colour you want. Select a long-sleeved top and leggings or trousers in that colour. If you want to be a woolly moth you can wear fleece clothing or winter pyjamas. Choose comfortable clothes that are suitable for the temperature.

Wrap the end of two pipe cleaners around a head band to secure them. Curl the other end around with your fingers so that when you place the head band on your head it looks like antennae.

Look at pictures of moths then shape the wire into four wing parts. Use pliers to shape them the way you want as you can make the tips of the wings pointed or rounded. Join the ends of the wire together and leave at least three inches of wire extra before you cut each wing so you can join them together.

Join the four wings together using the wires you left for this purpose. Tape round the finished junction so there are no parts of wire that can poke into your back. Use old tights or fabric in your base colour to make two straps that tie to the wing junction and attach over your shoulders to hold the wings on.

Stretch old tights over each of the four wings, preferably in a dark colour. Tie them off or sew them to hold them in place. Decorate the wings with fabric paint using a real moth for inspiration or your own imagination. Allow the paint to dry.


Keep you wire wing frames to use for other costumes when you have finished with this one.


Don't make the wings too big as it is hard to move around other people.

Things You'll Need

  • Long-sleeved top
  • Leggings or trousers
  • 2 long pipe cleaners
  • Headband
  • 14 gauge galvanized wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Pliers
  • Tape
  • Old tights
  • Fabric paints
  • Needle and thread (optional)
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