New This Month


New Butterfly Costume

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

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, October 2006



  • Kraft paper

  • 18-gauge steel wire

  • Black tape

  • Duct tape

  • Panty hose

  • Colored Halloween hair spray

  • Plastic gems

  • Glue gun

  • Clear elastic (1 foot)

  • Black headband

  • Black pipe cleaners


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

  2. Wrap 18-gauge steel wire with black tape.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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