How to Make Wings for a Fly Costume

Updated April 17, 2017

Halloween is all about dressing up in a unique costume which will showcase personality and creativity. One creative costume idea is a fly costume. Although not very cute, dressing up as a fly can show a person's creativity and sense of humour. Unfortunately, fly costumes are not easy to come by in stores. However, it's rather easy to make a set of fly costume wings from home. With basic sewing skills and a few common craft supplies, anyone can have an inexpensive fly costume of which he or she can be proud.

Cut out two ovals of white, shiny transparent fabric that are each 24 inches long and 18 inches wide. Hem the fabric all the way around, leaving a 1 inch opening in the hem of each wing.

Thread some thin craft wire through the hem of one of the wings, using the 1 inch opening. Twist the ends of the craft wire together and sew the 1 inch opening closed. Repeat this process with the other wing.

Cut 10 pieces of black felt that are each 12 inches long and 3 inches wide. Fray each of the felt pieces along one of the longer edges.

Sew each of the felt pieces in a row onto the back of a black T-shirt, sewing along the unfrayed longer edge of the fabric. This will create a fuzzy look like a fly's back.

Sew the wings next to each other onto the back of the shirt along the longer edges of the wings, in between where the shoulder blades would be on the shirt.


If you do not want to sew, make a less durable pair of wings with clear cling film, rather than fabric. Simply wrap the cling film all around the wire frame.

Things You'll Need

  • Tulle (or other white, shiny transparent fabric)
  • Fabric scissors
  • Thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Thin craft wire
  • Black felt
  • Black T-shirt
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About the Author

Courtney Clark studied English, creative writing, film and history at Southern Virginia University from 2005 through 2008, earning a Bachelor of Arts. During her time at SVU, Clark participated in the English Honors Society and the university's film club.