Halloween 2014 - DIY Tutorials - Insect/Bug Themed Family Halloween Costumes

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Halloween 2014 - DIY Tutorials - Insect/Bug Themed Family Halloween Costumes

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We had such a fun time making this year's insect/bug themed Halloween costumes. Chris was a giant preying mantis. I was an equally giant monarch butterfly. Zander was the sweetest little firefly, complete with a glowing bum. Lastly, little Zoey was a bumble bee.

Here are tutorials on how we made these costumes:

IZZAROO - DIY Insect/Bug Themed Family Halloween Costumes

DIY Firefly Halloween Costume Tutorial:

IZZAROO - DIY Insect/Bug Themed Family Halloween Costumes

Here's the gist of how to make this DIY firefly halloween costume and the supplies you'll need:

Supplies:

Instructions:

  • Cut front pieces of tan felt and glue together. The dark color between the pieces is marker. I used a Sharpie for shading to create a shadow effect.
  • Cut out little insect legs using black felt and glue the sides of the body piece you just made
  • Cut 2 rectangular tan pieces for shoulder straps
  • Back center piece is 1 piece of tan felt. Draw lines using black marker.
  • Wings are tan with a smaller piece of black felt glued on top
  • We attached some string to tie the front and back pieces together and keep them from flapping when worn.
  • The glowing bum is a frosted plastic container with a yellow glow stick inside. The container is glued to the back tan felt to hold it in place.
  • We purchased these antenna and added the eyes by using a styrofoam ball (cut in half and painted black).

Bumble Bee Halloween Costume: 

IZZAROO - DIY Insect/Bug Themed Family Halloween Costumes

This bumble bee costume was actually a bathing suit that Zoey already had. It came with a swim cap with antennas and the back has wings and a stinger. Since the cap was too small for her we used these antenna and added the eyes by using a styrofoam ball (cut in half and painted black).

DIY Monarch Butterfly Halloween Costume Tutorial:

IZZAROO - DIY Insect/Bug Themed Family Halloween Costumes

Supplies and instructions for this DIY monarch butterfly halloween costume:

Supplies:

Instructions:

  • Cut 3 grey piece of felt, left wing, right wing and center body. (I made wings identical)
  • Glue the wing pieces to the body piece
  • Cut all colored felt. (For ease, I cut the wing pieces identical.)
  • Glue all the colored pieces onto the wings
  • Cut rectangular pieces of grey felt and glue underneath to act as backpack style straps.
  • Cut smaller rectangular pieces of grey felt and glue underneath to act as straps around forearms or wrists.
  • Use these antenna and add the eyes by using a styrofoam ball (cut in half and painted black).

DIY Preying Mantis Halloween Costume Tutorial:

IZZAROO - DIY Insect/Bug Themed Family Halloween Costumes

IZZAROO - DIY Insect/Bug Themed Family Halloween Costumes

Supplies and instructions for this DIY preying mantis halloween costume:

Supplies:

Instructions:

  • Use the green foam block and shave it in the shape of the head and eyes.
  • Use the silver spray paint to paint the eyes.
  • For the antennas, poke 2 holes in the top of the head, insert green pipe cleaners and glue into place.
  • For the top part of the body, use the large cardboard tube. Wrap with light green felt and glue into place.
  • The bottom part of the body is a flat piece of cardbard, cut and bent along the center. Wrap with light green felt and glue into place.
  • Arms are small cardboard tubes. Cover and glue dark green felt, bend and glue in place.
  • Legs are small pieces of cardboard covered in dark green felt
  • Cut 4 holes into the large tube (body) and thread string through to create backpack style straps.
  • Use a black marker to draw "BUG LIFE". Chris added a nice touch by drawing a Raid can in place of the "I" in "LIFE".

    There you have it. Fun DIY insect/bug costumes for Halloween or any other fitting occasion.

    If you make your own versions we'd love to see! Tag #IZZAROOcostumes for a chance to be featured on our website.

    See our past Halloween costumes for more fun ideas.

    Hope this inspires you to #CREATEmore and make lasting memories for your family. I would love to hear what you think of these in the comments section. 

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