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Beautiful Butterfly Costume – EASY No Sew idea

Posted by  ·  September 18, 2018  ·  Last Updated: October 1, 2018

This butterfly costume is perfect for my coloring loving girl! With just a few simple supplies she was able to color her way into a beautiful butterfly. This no sew Halloween costume couldn’t be any easier and could be made in an evening!  We love easy DIY Halloween costumes at our house. Last year we made a no sew  witch costume. Both these ideas are great costumes for girls. Here are some great family costume ideas.

 butterfly costume

Really it is all about the wings! This wings costume could easily become any butterfly you like.  A monarch butterfly costume would be amazing too. Just simply color monarch butterfly wings.

Butterfly Costume Supplies

  • a black long sleeve shirt
  • black leggings
  • thin white muslin fabric (about a yard)
  • Elmer’s Painters
  • black extra wide Sharpie
  • 2 large pom poms
  • 2 black chenille pipe cleaners
  • 1 headband
  • glue gun and glue sticks
  • glow in the dark fabric paint (optional)
butterfly costume supplies

How to make a butterfly costume

Not only is this costume easy enough to let your child participate…. it is easy to wear.  The wings attach to their shirt and allow for total arm movement.

Place arm of shirt up at an angle. Take fabric and cut a wing shape. Cut fabric to match angle of sleeve and side of shirt.

butterfly costume making wings

Copy this shape so there are two symmetrical wing shapes.

butterfly costume wings

To make coloring the fabric easier, iron the fabric wing to the shiny side of freezer paper. The freezer paper will stabilize the fabric and can be easily peeled away when  finished.

butterfly costume freezer paper

Draw a design on the wing with a Sharpie marker. Repeat for other wing making sure design is symmetrical.  Holding the fabric up to a window will make it easy to trace.

butterfly costume draw design

Color away! If you want your butterfly to glow in the dark outline with glow in the dark fabric paint.

butterfly costume color wings

Hot glue wings to back edge of arms and sides of shirt.

homemade butterfly costume

Twist pipe cleaners to the headband and hot glue to secure. Hot glue a pom pom to each end of pipe cleaner.

DIY antenna for butterfly costume

How easy was that! There you have it a beautiful butterfly Halloween costume.

DIY butterfly costume

Costume Ideas

We love Halloween at our house. Here are some of our favorite family costume ideas.

Group costume Flintstones group costume KISS

And here is our no sew witch costume from last year!witch costume



Loving these easy and DARLING halloween costumes that use a box.

Doll in a box costume

The Claw costume

Kids will love these Halloween coloring pages. The perfect way to keep kids busy on Halloween.



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  1. jennny
    Tuesday, April 16th, 2019
    This is good
  2. jenny
    Monday, April 15th, 2019
    This is good
  3. Thursday, June 21st, 2018
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  4. Friday, October 20th, 2017
    Cool! It's perfect for coloring loving girl!
  5. Thursday, October 1st, 2015
    OMG, you guys as KISS . . . I"m laughing . . .

    Love it that Bella got to help make her costume. She's a beautiful butterfly!!
    • Cindy
      Sunday, October 15th, 2017
      Thanks Amy!
    Thursday, October 1st, 2015
    How clever and easy this is. That is what Halloween should be about, fun and stressfree.
    • Andy Reed
      Monday, April 15th, 2019
      I like it!