Hello, friends, Happy (Early) Halloween! I am so, so excited about Halloween this year for one reason and one reason only – I get to share it with the cutest little girl in the world! (And, yes, I am totally biased, but I don’t care!)
Not only do I get to go trick-or-treating tomorrow night with the darling little 3-year-old whom I babysit, but I also made her Halloween costume! When her mother asked her what she wanted to be for Halloween this year, she said, without hesitation, a butterfly and I quickly made up my mind to make her the most spectacular wings any 3-year-old has ever worn.
I decided to use felt as the main material for the wings because it’s relatively lightweight and super easy to work with. For the embellishments, I chose blue glitter ribbon, glitter foam paper (the pink cut-out flowers), large silver sequins and orange ric-rac ribbon.
For the construction, I simply drew the shape I wanted, cut out two pieces and sewed them together. For support, I used wire metal clothes hangers and bent them into shape to create an internal frame for the wings (much like store bought wings). For the arm bands, I simply sewed two black elastic circles or loops onto the back of the wings.
I machine-sewed the wings together and then turned them inside out to get the base for my design; then, I hand-sewed all of the layers on top to add detail and character. It looks like a ton of hand sewing, but I really love hand embroidery, so it wasn’t a big deal for me.
All of the rest of the pieces – the glitter flowers and sequins – I simply attached with a hot glue gun. I also made a quick and easy pair of “antennae” using a purple plastic headband, a purple pipe cleaner and two purple fluff balls all hot-glued together. And there you have it – handmade butterfly wings for Halloween!
I am so excited for trick-or-treating tomorrow and I promise to take lots of photos of Ruby in her costume! If you follow me on Instagram (click here or search for username: alligatortoe), then you’ve no doubt seen pictures of Ruby and I will definitely be posting some Halloween snaps as well.
Hope you have a Happy Halloween and, as always, thanks for reading! :), Kristi