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Video:How to Make Butterfly Wings

with Angela Morgan

Butterfly wings are a fun homemade Halloween costume that are easy to make. Here's a step-by-step demonstration of how to make butterfly wings so that your child can be a beautiful butterfly.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Make Butterfly Wings

Hi, this is Angela with About.com and today I am going to show you how to make these fun Halloween butterfly wings.

Making a butterfly Halloween costume is a great family craft project. There are some really nice picture books where you can learn all about butterflies. Your child can choose a butterfly which will be the inspiration for the Halloween costume.

Supplies for the Butterfly Wings

You will need:
  • electrical tape
  • scissors
  • 14- to 16-gauge wire
  • glue
  • acrylic paints
  • wire cutters
  • needle nose pliers
  • paintbrushes
  • needle and thread
  • a tape measure
  • small bowls for the paint
  • two pairs of knee high stockings
  • a decorative piece for the center of the wings

Shape the Butterfly Wings

To begin making the butterfly wings you will start with 14- to 16-gauge wire. Measure four 15-inch lengths of wire and cut them with wire cutters. Then twist the ends of the wire together making the four wings.

Take electrical tape and wrap around the twisted wired ends of each butterfly wing. Next, cover each circle of wire with a knee length pantyhose. You can use any color you choose for your butterfly.

You will then have four butterfly panels. Put two panels together and shape them as you like, two for the top wings and two for the bottom wings.Now, lay the panels out and tape the top two panels together. Then tape the bottom two panels together and finally tape all 4 butterfly wing panels together.

Secure the Wings to Make Butterfly Wings

Next, you will measure your child's waist and then triple the measurement. This is the length of elastic to use. Take the elastic and find the center point and tie it securely around the center of the wings with a double knot.

Now, take the loose ends of each of the stockings and wrap around the center covering all of the wire and making it nice and snug. Take a needle and thread and secure the pantyhose in place.

Decorate the Butterfly Wings

To decorate the wings, use acrylic paint to draw your designs. Then, put hobby glue where you would like your glitter to go. You can decorate your butterfly any way you would like.

For the final touch, secure a decorative piece in the center of the wings.To finish the costume you can decorate a mask to match, add a wand or add anything that comes to your imagination.

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