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Baby Bumblebee - Homemade costumes for kids

The Baby Bumblebee

Other creative insect costumes sent by Heather.

Costume type:  Costumes for Kids
Categories:Halloween Costumes, Animal Costumes

This homemade costume for kids entered our 2011 Halloween Costume Contest, and won a special prize in the Most Creative Costume nomination!

A word from Heather, the 'Baby Bumblebee' costume creator:

This was the very last costume I made out of the 13 "Insects" this year.

My 2 yr. old nephew isn't too thrilled about dressing up. (Actually, he hates to have his clothes on at all!) So I had to come up with something that wouldn't be too bothersome to him, AND something he couldn't take off by himself.

I had to get creative with this one, as it was the LAST costume to make, and I was running really low on supplies. While I pondering how to make it for him, my husband went to throw a plastic cheese ball barrel in the trash. As soon as I saw the barrel I knew what I could do with it and it just took off from there! (Yes, he got yelled at for throwing it out because I had to wash the coffee grounds off it!)

Below are my instructions for making it. In all reality, this costume cost me nothing but time. I already had most of the supplies, and for the yellow stripes on it, I cut up one of the yellow plastic trick-or-treat bags they send home from school (They don't last with my kids anyway, so it was either to the trash or use it!)

Again, hindsight is 20/20 when you try to write down how you made something. Instead, you write down what you SHOULD have done :) I've added the illustrations chart, so if you get confused, make sure you check out the chart.

My sister (my nephew's mom) was just amazed by it, and she said it was her favorite of all the costumes, because he just looked so darn cute in it!

Materials Needed

Body:
An old pretzel or cheese ball barrel (any other kind will do)
Zip Ties
Yellow and Black Felt OR Yellow and Black Fabric
Spray Adhesive
Strip of Fabric

Wings:
Corrugated Plastic
Zip Ties
Silver or Gold Glitter Glue or a Glue stick and loose glitter
Black Spray Paint

Head:
Something to form a head (I used the head off an old stuffed animal)
Pipe Cleaners
Yellow Spray Paint
Clear Caulk or Clear Silicone

Tools Needed:
Utility Knife
Side Cutters
Tape Measure
Hand Drill
Rubber Gloves

Measure the size of your barrel. Cut the corrugated plastic into two oval shapes, making sure they are 4" longer than the barrel. These will be your wings. (See 1)

Next, take your barrel and cut two slits in each side of the barrel, about 3/4 of the way around the barrel. (See 2)

Also cut two small slits on the side that will be facing the wearer's back. Slide the strip of fabric through the slits. Tie in a knot in the middle, making sure it is long enough to go over the shoulders, under the armpits, and tie at the back comfortably.

Drill three holes in the wings. Thread zip ties into two holes on one of the wings and one zip tie into one hole on the other wing. Then slide the wings into the slits in the barrel. Reach inside, and finish threading the zip tie ends into the empty holes and tighten down. Snip off any long ends as close to the "knob" as possible. (See 3)

At this point, spray paint the wings black or use the spray adhesive and cover the wings with black felt. You can tuck some extra in the slits for the wings if you so choose.

Next, grab whatever you are planning on using for a head. Make sure it is slightly larger than the opening of the barrel. Cut two slits small enough to slide the pipe cleaners through. Twist together to form the antenna. Add two yellow pipe cleaners around the tips. Set aside. Drill two holes on the opposite sides in the rim of the barrel. Slide a zip tie through.

NOTE: Some of the head will be inside the barrel.

Using the silicone, run a bead all the way around the inside of the top of the barrel.

Take the head part and cut small slits in the bottom of the head, and slide the rest of the zip tie through. Put on the rubber gloves stuff the head down into the rim of the barrel. (The silicone hold the head in place.) tighten down the two zip ties and snip off the long ends. Allow the silicone to dry. (See 4)

Once the silicone has dried, you can do a few things with the head. If you want, you can spray paint it yellow or black. You can cover it with yellow or black felt. If you choose to do a yellow head, cut out black felt circles for the eyes. If you do a black head, cut out yellow circles for the eyes.

Cut the yellow and black felt into strips. If you made a yellow head, start with a black strip. If you made a black head, start with a yellow strip. Alternate the strips down the body until you get to the bottom, sticking the felt down with the spray adhesive. Cover the side facing the wearer's back the same way. (See 5)

Using the glitter glue or a glue stick, draw the vein pattern on the wings. If you used a glue stick, sprinkles on the glitter and shake off any excess. (See 6)

A black shirt and pants may be worn to complete the costume.

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