This DIY Butterfly Costume Is the Cutest Thing We've Ever Seen

Amanda Garrity
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Photo credit: Hearst Owned
Photo credit: Hearst Owned

From Good Housekeeping

Halloween is an open invitation to step inside a fantasy world. For some, that means zombies and vampires. For others, that means butterflies and pixie dust. If you or your kid are leaning toward the latter this year, give this DIY butterfly costume a try.

You might think that picking up a cheap pair of butterfly wings may be easier than this DIY, but you'd be surprised: This homemade Halloween costume is practically foolproof, and doesn't require any serious crafting skills. It doesn't even call for any sequins, paint, or glitter a.k.a. every parent's worst nightmare. Instead, just use small feathered butterflies to spruce up an old leotard and tutu, and transform craft wire into a magical, mystical butterfly crown. While we made the costume specifically with kids in mind, it can work for all ages — babies, toddlers, adults, anybody!

No matter if your little butterfly is riding solo or trick-or-treating with an entire kaleidoscope (FYI, the official term for a group of butterflies), we've got you covered with this step-by-step guide.

How to Make a DIY Butterfly Costume

Photo credit: Good Housekeeping Staff
Photo credit: Good Housekeeping Staff

Forget basic butterfly wings — this easy DIY relies on dozens of feathered beauties for a butterfly effect. Head straight to their closet to find the foundation for this adorable look — a black leotard and tutu. And if you can't get your hands on a leotard or tutu, get creative by pairing a long-sleeve tee with leggings, pants, or thick tights.

  1. Lay out the tutu skirt and arrange butterflies in a pattern (we mixed colors and sizes for variation).

  2. Use a few small safety pins to attach the butterflies to the skirt. (Alternatively, you can use a needle and thread to stitch the butterflies to at least 2 layers of the tulle.)

  3. Attach a few additional butterflies to the neckline and waist of the leotard with safety pins or stitches.

  4. Glue a butterfly to a pair of shoe clips, and attach to any shoes or sneakers.

  5. If they insist on having fairy wands with their costume (makes sense!), glue a butterfly to a dowel or stick.

How to Make a DIY Butterfly Crown

Photo credit: Good Housekeeping Staff
Photo credit: Good Housekeeping Staff

Like the one she loves on Snapchat, but with a twist: Finish off your kid's ensemble with a matching crown, or let the headpiece be the talking point.

  1. Cut 12" lengths of craft wire. Use hot glue to attach the wire to the back of the butterflies. Let dry.

  2. Wrap each wired butterfly a few times around the headband to secure, trimming any excess wire. Vary the lengths and positions of the butterflies to make them look like they are flying.

  3. Optional: Secure a piece of black ribbon to one side of the headband with hot glue. Wrap the ribbon around the whole headband to cover the wires for a cleaner look. Secure the other end with hot glue and trim any excess ribbon.

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