How to Make a Costume With Grasshopper Wings

Updated February 21, 2017

Iridescent wings stretch along a grasshopper's back. They are traced with a delicate pattern of veins and reach all the way to the insect's powerful legs. To mimic this effect create long wings that reach all the way to the wearer's hips Make them from sheer fabric on a metal frame, then paint on the veins and spray on a bit of glitter paint to add shine.

Measure the length of your back from your shoulder blades to your hips, and the width of your back across your shoulder blades.

Shape two ovals from 10-gauge wire as long as your back and half as wide. Twist the ends of the wire together, leaving 8 inches of loose wire. These are the wings for your grasshopper.

Twist the loose ends of the wire together so the wings are joined at the top and are about 6 inches apart. Bend the wings so they are hanging down from the twisted wire that joins them. The edges of the wings may overlap, but the whole wire structure should be flat.

Stick one of the wire ovals in each leg of a pair of green tights, Pull the tights up snuggly around the wire frame, and wrap the excess leg and the panty around the twisted wire in the middle of the wing frame. Hold the fabric in place by sewing it or using safety pins. Be careful not to break the fibres in the tights and cause a run.

Paint a pattern of veins on the wings with a fabric paint pen.

Spray on a light coat of clear glitter and allow the wings to dry for 30 minutes.

Spray paint the lenses of a pair of swim goggles black. Allow them to dry for 30 minutes.

Wear a green turtleneck and trousers or a green leotard and tights. Pin the centre top of the wings to your back between your shoulder blades, and wear the goggles on the to of your head to resemble a grasshopper's eyes.


Bend the outside edges of the wings toward your sides.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • 10-gauge wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Pliers
  • Green tights
  • Needle and thread (optional)
  • Safety pins
  • Black fabric paint pin
  • Clear glitter spray paint
  • Swim goggles
  • Black spray paint
  • Green turtle neck and trousers or leotard and tights.
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About the Author

Camela Bryan's first published article appeared in "Welcome Home" magazine in 1993. She wrote and published SAT preparation worksheets and is also a professional seamstress who has worked for a children's theater as a costume designer and in her own heirloom-sewing business. Bryan has a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from the University of Florida.