Do you want to “bee” the life of the Halloween costume party? Here’s a simple and inexpensive way to create a cute bumblebee costume that people will be buzzing about for years to come.
You’ll need the following materials for your costume:
- A bright yellow T-shirt, preferably long sleeve
- Black fabric paint
- Ruler or tape measure
- Pencil or marker
- Girls plastic headband
- Black pipe cleaners
- Black pom poms (1 inch size)
- Hot glue gun
- Large cone or plastic funnel (for stinger)
- Black leggings or close-fitting sweat pants
Begin by marking horizontal lines on bodice of the yellow T-shirt, using the pencil or marker and the measuring device. Leave a distance of about 2 inches between the lines, and continue each line around to the back of the shirt so the stripes will wrap around the person like the stripes on the body of a bee. You should end up with a series of horizontal stripes, each about 2 inches in width that wrap around the bodice of the shirt. Leave the sleeves alone.
Using the black fabric paint, color alternating stripes black, leaving the ones in between unpainted. This will result in alternating stripes of black and yellow to simulate a striped pattern on a bee’s body. You may want to place some cardboard inside the T-shirt before you paint it so the color doesn’t bleed through. Allow the paint to dry overnight. If you are in a hurry, you can speed up the drying process by using a blow dryer on the painted areas. To add dimension, try using fabric “puff paint”. This will actually puff up when the heat from the blow dryer comes in contact with it. Even of you used a blow dryer to dry the paint faster, it’s still best to let the paint cure overnight.
While the paint on the T-shirt is drying and curing, gather materials for the bee antennae. You’ll need the headband, pipe cleaners, pom poms and glue gun. Plug in the glue gun and allow the glue to heat up while you wrap the pipe cleaners around the headband to simulate antennae. Secure each one with a dot of hot glue and gently press together until secure. Now gently apply some hot glue to one of the pom poms and quickly set a pipe cleaner end into the glue. Hold firmly in place until completely cooed and dried. Now repeat with the other pipe cleaner and pom pom. You should now have a headband with two antennae springing up from it like springy lollipops.
When the costume is ready to be worn, slip on the black leggings or stretchy pants and carefully insert the cone or funnel into the posterior section of the pants. This will serve as the bee’s stinger. There should be no need to secure the cone in place. The stretchy pants should keep it secure. Remember not to sit down or else you may “bee” surprised!