How to make a child's butterfly costume

Updated February 21, 2017

A butterfly Halloween costume is easy to make, and many of the materials need can be found in the home. You can add your own personal touches.

Start creating the wings. Draw the wings onto one piece of cardboard. Wings should extend roughly from the top of your child’s hips and about 15 cm (6 inches) past their shoulders. You may want to use a pencil for this so that you can erase and start over if needed. Draw a decorative pattern of your choice on the wing and duplicate everything onto the other wing.

Prepare to paint. Lay both wings on a flat surface and paint one side of each. This is a great opportunity to get your children involved. Once the wing has dried, place one wing, paint-side down, and cut cellophane to lay over the cutouts of the wing.

Sandwich the cellophane by gluing the second wing on top. You will need to cut or poke three holes into the wing so you can put the cord through them in order for it to hang evenly on the back.

Create your antennae. On each spiral straw, glue on a googly eye. It may take some time to draw eyes on the straws, so it is recommended that you lay them on a flat surface for a few hours before proceeding on. Once dried, you can attach the straws about halfway down the hat. To hide the tape, you can fold the brim up.

Assemble the costume on your child. Get your child dressed in colour-coordinated clothing. Put coloured socks over sneakers for an added effect. Wrap the batting around your child, and tightly wrap the nylon and attach it with safety pins.

Attach the wings to your child. Hold the wings above your child’s shoulders, and putting arms in each of the corded holes. It will look similar to wearing a backpack. Wrap the extra cord around the waist to keep the wings intact.

Things You'll Need

  • Two sheets of cardboard
  • Writing utensil
  • Box cutter
  • Colorful paints
  • Paintbrushes
  • Glue
  • Two googly eyes
  • Knit ski cap
  • Blue outfit (top and bottom)
  • Cellophane
  • 60-cm (24-inch) piece of nylon
  • 1.2-m (48-inch) batting
  • 2 spiral straws
  • Piece of cord or rope to attach wings
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