This is another diy costume activity and I loved it! This was my younger daughter Anjana who almost 2.5 years old and goes to a play group. Remember when they had the red day? Anjana went in as a red crayon! Now it was blue day and though there was no information from the play group for any costume, I decided to make one anyway.
I initially wanted to dress her up as a blue bird but the bird wings costume was way beyond my ability. So, I settled for butterfly wings. This time, I did not want to work with fabric or with wire; hence, I had to improvise much after taking inputs from a variety of websites/blogs by searching in google and in pinterest. I filtered two pins – one to figure out how they got the shape right and the other for putting it around Anjana’s shoulders.
What I used:
- Cardboard (from an Amazon delivery carton)
- Blue colour paper (one dark blue shade and the other was more of a turquoise)
- Black cardstock for the body
- Elastic band (1 inch wide; about 60 cm long)
- Scissors, glue, double-sided sticky tape, brown tape
- Sewing machine
- Beads for decoration
- Pipe cleaners for antennae
This is how it took shape:
Step 1: Draw the butterfly wings (top and bottom wings) on one side of the cardboard.
Step 2: Cut the wings on one side and use it to trace the other set of wings.
Step 3: Trace the other set of wings and cut.
Note: I did not cut the bottom to shape because I was too lazy and also because it will not be seen from the front.
Step 4: Sew the elastic band with two loops (to rest on the shoulders). I used the buttonhole stitch in my machine hoping it would hold the band together more firmly than the other stitches.
Step 5: Cut a hole on either side of the wings (roughly about 2 inches from the centre and 3 inches from the top) and slip the loops through these holes.
Step 6: Using double sided sticky tape and brown packing tape, glue the centre of the elastic band to the centre of the wings. This would be side which will be seen from behind.
Step 7: Cover both sides of the wings with the blue paper and decorate (the outer side) to your liking. Do remember to slit holes on the blue paper covering the side of the wings (which will face your child’s back) for the loops. With the black cardstock, add the butterfly’s body and stick it to the centre. Paste one end of the pipecleaners to the back of the butterfly’s head using double sided sticky tape and brown tape.
Slip you child’s arms through the loops and you would have turned your cutie pie into a sweet butterfly. See my blue butterfly here:
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