How To Make a Bumble Bee Costume out of Bubble Wrap and Duck Tape!

Ever wanted to know how to make a bumble bee costume?

With Halloween just around the corner, I thought I’d share one of my favourite DIY fancy- dress outfits.

It’s made in very much the same way that I created the DIY grasshopper costume — you can read that tutorial in another post.

This bumble bee fancy dress costume is super-easy to make; there’s very little sewing involved and it looks brilliant! Perfect for Just So festival too, where one of the ‘Animal Tribes’ is bees!

Ever wanted to know how to Make a Bumble Bee Costume? This bumble bee fancy dress tutorial is super easy
Cosmo in his bumblebee outfit
Ever wanted to know how to Make a Bumble Bee Costume? This bumblebee fancy dress tutorial is super easy
Ever wanted to know how to Make a Bumble Bee Costume? This bumblebee fancy dress tutorial is super easy. Bubble wrap makes fantastic wings

Super-cute — plus it costs very little to make. I had a look on Amazon before making this, to see if I could buy one but they were so expensive!

If you want to know how to make a bumble bee costume for Halloween — or any other event — then read on…

To Make a Bumble Bee Costume You Will Need:

  • Black leggings
  • Black long sleeved t-shirt
  • A pair of long, black socks
  • Newspaper
  • Yellow Duck Tape
  • Black Duck Tape
  • Bubble wrap
  • 2 jumbo black pipe cleaners
  • Black foam sheets
  • A length of elastic
  • A needle and black thread
  • Glue

Step 1: The Body

To make the body of the bumblebee costume, stick lengths of yellow duck tape, horizontally at equal intervals, on to the front of the top; starting from just underneath the arms.

Next, you can tape around the back in the same way, so the bands of yellow go all around the top and meet at the sides.

TOP TIP!

Really stretch the fabric out and go quite wide with your bands of duck tape, on the sides of the top.

Because there’s no stretch in the tape, if you make the width of the bands too narrow, it makes it really hard to get the top on to a body!

Next, stuff the socks with newspaper, to form the legs.

I made a simple belt with black elastic, to go round my little boy’s waist, and stitched the ‘legs’ onto it, either side.

You could skip this bit and stitch the ‘legs’ directly on to the t-shirt — as I did with the grasshopper costume — if you prefer.

We quite liked how ‘springy’ the legs were on the elastic though! Plus, as they were independent, they didn’t pull the edges of the top down.

Step 2: The Wings

For the wings, I took a couple of lengths of bubble wrap and cut them into two long, oval shapes.

I laid them on on top of the other, then taped them in the middle with the black Duck Tape.

You can cut around the edges a little more, at this point, to get a wing shape you’re happy with.

And fluff them up, so they look like a double pair of wings.

Tape the wings (or sew them with a couple of stitches if you want them to be extra secure) to the back of the top.

Step 3: The Headdress

To make the bumblebee costume headdress, I used two giant, fluffy black pipe-cleaners from Amazon, attached to a band made from a sheet of black foam.

Cut two identical lengths from a piece of foam; (ours were about 3 inches/ 7.5cm wide). Then tape together at one end with the black Duck Tape.

Next, wrap around the head of the person who’s going to be wearing the costume; and tape the two ends together.

I found this a much easier way of working; it’s a good way of making sure the headband is a snug fit.

Remove the foam circle from the wearer’s head, then wrap more tape around the joins of the headdress, to ensure that they’re nice and secure.

Next, take one of the giant pipe cleaners and roll the end of over to resemble an antennae.

Attach it to the headdress with some more Duck Tape.

Repeat the process with the second pipe cleaner.

Next, cut two discs of foam — approximately 5 inches/12.5cm in diameter — and glue them onto the headdress, in front of the two ‘antennae’. As well as making the bees ‘eyes’ these two discs make a very good job of keeping the pipe-cleaners in place; and not letting them flop over.

How to Make a Bumble bee fancy dress outfit using duck tape and bubble wrap!

And that’s it!

The cutest little bumblebee costume I ever did see!

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Make a Bumblebee Costume

Make a Bumblebee Costume

Ever wondered how to make a bumble bee costume? Here's how!

Prep Time 1 minute
Total Time 1 minute
Difficulty Easy

Materials

  • Black leggings
  • Black long sleeved t-shirt
  • A pair of long, black socks
  • Newspaper
  • Yellow Duck Tape
  • Black Duck Tape
  • Bubble wrap
  • 2 jumbo black pipe cleaners
  • 2 black foam sheets
  • A length of 20mm black elastic
  • Black thread
  • Glue

Tools

  • A glue gun — this is optional
  • A needle
  • Scissors
  • A plate/bowl to cut around

Instructions

Step 1: The Body

  1. To make the body of the bumblebee costume, stick lengths of yellow duck tape, horizontally at equal intervals, on to the front of the top; starting from just underneath the arms.
  2. Next, you can tape around the back in the same way, so the bands of yellow go all around the top and meet at the sides.
  3. Next, stuff the socks with newspaper, to form the legs.
  4. Make a simple belt with 25mm black elastic, to go around the wearer's waist. Then stitch the 'legs' onto it, either side.

    You could skip this bit and stitch the 'legs' directly on to the t-shirt if you prefer.


Step 2: The Wings

  1. Take a couple of lengths of bubble wrap and cut them into two long, oval shapes.
  2. Then lay one on top of the other and wind tape around the middle with the black Duck Tape. You can cut around the edges of the bubble wrap a little more, at this point, to get a wing shape you're happy with.
  3. Next, fluff them up, so they look like a double pair of wings.
  4. Tape the wings (or sew them with a couple of stitches if you want them to be extra secure) to the back of the top.


Step 3: The Headdress

  1. To make the bumblebee costume headdress, cut two identical lengths of black foam (mine was about 3 inches/ 7.5cm wide). Then tape together at one end with the black Duck Tape.
  2. Next, wrap around the head of the person who's going to be wearing the costume; and tape the two ends together.
  3. Remove the foam circle from the wearer's head, then wrap more tape around the joins of the headdress, to ensure that they're nice and secure.
  4. Next, take one of the giant pipe cleaners and roll the end over to resemble an antennae.
  5. Attach it to the headdress with some more Duck Tape.
  6. Repeat the process with the second pipe cleaner.
  7. Next, cut two discs of foam — approximately 5 inches/12.5cm in diameter — and glue them onto the headdress, in front of the two 'antennae'.

    As well as making the bees 'eyes' these two discs make a very good job of keeping the pipe-cleaners in place; and not letting them flop over.


And that's how to make a bumble bee costume! Perfect for Halloween or costume parties.



Notes

TOP TIP!

Really stretch the fabric out and go quite wide with your bands of duck tape, on the sides of the top. Because there's no stretch in the tape, if you make the width of the bands too narrow, it makes it really hard to get the top on to the body!

How to Make a Bumble bee fancy dress outfit using duck tape and bubble wrap!
How to Make a Bumble bee fancy dress outfit using duck tape and bubble wrap!
How to Make a Bumblebee Costume using duck tape and bubble wrap!

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About Caro Davies

Caro Davies art directed fashion and interiors before leaving the world of design to pursue a career in social media. She can now be found chasing the light — and two small twin boys.

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