How to make dragonfly wings for a costume

Written by courtney clark | 13/05/2017
How to make dragonfly wings for a costume
The dragonfly's remarkable wings are a common costume motif. (Getty creative)

With their stunning colours and distinct shape, dragonflies are a common theme in jewellery and accessories among teenage girls and young adult women. Consequently, many girls may want to dress up as a dragonfly for Halloween or another costumed event. Even though other kinds of costume wings can be found in stores, dragonfly wings are scarce. Luckily, it's not too hard to make a pair of homemade costume dragonfly wings using common craft supplies.

Cut out four teardrop shaped pieces of tulle that are each 15 cm (6 inches) wide at the top and 60 cm (24 inches) long.

Fold over the edges of each of the tulle pieces 6 mm (1/4 inch) and sew the folds down, leaving a 25 mm (1-inch) opening in the seam of each piece.

Thread craft wire through the hems of each of the tulle pieces, using the 25 mm (1-inch) openings in the seams. Sew the 25 mm (1-inch) openings closed.

Cut out two pieces of elastic that are each 50 cm (20 inches) long. Sew each of the elastic pieces into a loop by sewing the ends together.

Hot glue two of the wings to each of the elastic rings, gluing the thinner ends of the wings to the elastic, so that you now have two elastic rings each with two tear drop shaped wings attached.

Cut out a piece of elastic that is 30 cm (12 inches) long. Sew the elastic loops to each end of this elastic piece. Attach the short elastic piece to the loops directly beneath the wings.

Things you need

  • Tulle
  • Fabric scissors
  • Thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Craft wire
  • 12 mm (1/2 inch) wide elastic
  • Hot glue gun

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