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Handmade Halloween: Butterfly Wings

October 30, 2013

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!)

P1050732_webNot 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.

P1050747_webNaturally, she also got to choose the colors – purple, pink and blue – and I chose some fun glittery details because trust me when I say this girl likes glam!  ;)

P1050749_webP1050739_webI 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.

P1050742_webFor 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.

P1050753_webP1050756_webI 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.

P1050743_webP1050750_webP1050759_webAll 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

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8 Comments

  • extincshion

    Oh it’s so cute !!
    thanks for sharing this

    October 30, 2013 at 11:09 am Reply
  • drowninmelancholy

    Awwww! so cute! I would never come to the idea of dressing as a butterfly :)
    And I would also like to go trick or treating again. Done it as a child every time and it was such a fun time *o*

    October 30, 2013 at 2:36 pm Reply
    • alligatortoe

      Thank you! I am super excited about going trick-or-treating with her tomorrow night, I can’t wait!!! :)

      October 30, 2013 at 9:52 pm Reply
  • Wink n Pout

    So much hard work has gone into this! We are completely in awe… so beautiful !! Gosh you did a great job :)

    Love, Wink n Pout
    Blog, App

    October 30, 2013 at 3:57 pm Reply
    • alligatortoe

      Thank you so much!! I honestly had such a fun time making them for her and she is such a sweet girl, I am so excited! :)

      October 30, 2013 at 9:53 pm Reply
  • annepy

    Oh, God! It’s amazing! When we do something with love, it`s easier to do a beautiful job. I loved! =)

    November 1, 2013 at 6:28 pm Reply
    • alligatortoe

      Aw thank you so much, that is such a sweet thing to say and you’re right, a little TLC makes a big difference! :)

      November 1, 2013 at 10:35 pm Reply

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