How to make a bee costume

Written by kittie mccoy | 13/05/2017
How to make a bee costume
Knock up a cute bee costume for a children's fancy dress party. (James Flint/Hemera/Getty Images)

Make a homemade bee costume suitable for adults or children with inexpensive materials that you may already have in your home. Choose age-appropriate clothing to form the base of your costume and create a cute child bee or a sexy adult bee. While you can purchase clothing specifically for your bee costume, you can also use your own existing clothing without fear of damaging it due to the no-sew aspect of the costume.

Apply strips of black electrical tape to a yellow shirt to create stripes for your bee costume. Avoiding wrapping the tape around the entire shirt because that will prevent the shirt from stretching and make it difficult to wear. Instead, apply the stripes first to the front of the shirt and then to the back with a small space between the stripes at the sides of the shirt.

Cover a foam cone with black electrical tape to form a stinger. Foam cones are available from craft shops.

Attach the stinger to the back of a pair of black trousers or a black skirt with electrical tape. Position the stinger high on the trousers, directly below the waistband so that you won't sit on the stinger while wearing the costume.

Bend a wire clothes hanger into a circle to form one wing for your bee costume. Repeat the process with a second hanger. Twist the hook part of the two clothes hangers together tightly.

Stretch one leg of a pair of white tights over each round hanger. Pull the legs of the tights down so that they are taunt over the hangers to give the appearance of bee wings. Tie the tights in a knot at the base of the wings and trim off the excess material. Wrap black electrical tape around this knot to prevent it from coming loose while you wear the costume.

Tape the hook part of the clothes hangers to one of the black stripes on the back of your costume with additional electric tape. Use as much tape as necessary to secure the wings to your costume.

Sew or hot glue two black chenille pipe cleaners to a black hat and arrange them to form antennae for your bee costume.

Paint two foam balls with black craft paint. Push each foam ball down onto one of the chenille pipe cleaners to finish your antennae.

Things you need

  • Black electrical tape
  • Yellow shirt
  • Foam cone
  • Black trousers
  • Wire clothes hangers
  • White tights
  • Black chenille pipe cleaners
  • Black hat
  • Foam balls
  • Black craft paint

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