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New Butterfly Costume

Once you have a basic pair of wings, you can embellish them to create many different costumes.



  • Kraft paper
  • 18-gauge steel wire
  • Black tape
  • Butterfly wings template
  • Duct tape
  • Panty hose
  • Colored Halloween hair spray
  • Plastic gems
  • Glue gun
  • Clear elastic (1 foot)
  • Black headband
  • Black pipe cleaners


  1. Step 1

    Download and enlarge butterfly wings template; trace onto kraft paper.

  2. Step 2

    Wrap 18-gauge steel wire with black tape.

  3. Step 3

    Form traced shape with wire by bending with hands. First form the top shape, then the bottom with another length of wire.

  4. Step 4

    Join the top and bottom shapes with a piece of duct tape.

  5. Step 5

    Cut a leg off panty hose. Slide over the bottom of one wing. Pull taut and tie a knot in the back of wire structure.

  6. Step 6

    Repeat for the bottom of the other wing, then the tops of wings.

  7. Step 7

    Using colored Halloween hair spray, spray one wing orange and one wing black.

  8. Step 8

    Glue on plastic gems to the back and front of the wings.

  9. Step 9

    To make the harness, sew the ends of 1 foot of clear elastic to the front of the knot in the middle of the wings, one by one.

  10. Step 10

    To make antennae, wrap a black headband with black pipe cleaners.

The Martha Stewart Show, October 2006

Reviews (3)

  • 18 Oct, 2011

    This DOES NOT WORK. The 18 gauge wire will not bend back to shape once the pantyhose is on. It was very frustrating!!

  • 13 Oct, 2010

    I'm trying to make the wings but when I get to putting the panty hose i can't get them to go back to the original shape, its not working with me. I got the same 18 gauge wire like the instructions said! anyone can help?

  • 28 Sep, 2008

    I have tried the Halloween colored hair spray, but it comes off onto everything! How do you get it to seal?