Blue Butterfly

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Blue Butterfly Costume
Total Time afternoon or evening Ages all-ages

This costume's hat, boots and plump belly are just right for those cool autumn nights when most little creatures prefer to stay safely tucked into their cocoons.

What you'll need

  • Pencil
  • 2 sheets of corrugated cardboard
  • Utility knife
  • Tempera paints and paintbrushes
  • Cellophane
  • Glue
  • 8 feet of cording
  • 2 silly straws
  • 2 googly eyes
  • Knit ski cap
  • Blue shirt
  • Tights
  • Socks
  • Sneakers
  • 48-inch piece of batting
  • 24-inch piece of nylon
  • Diaper pins

How to make it

  1. For the wings: Draw the butterfly wings on one piece of the cardboard that extends roughly from the top of your child's hips to the back of his head and no more than 8 inches beyond his shoulders (our butterfly has a wingspan of about 2 feet).

  2. Draw a simple decorative pattern on the wings. Cut out the wing shape and pattern using a utility knife. Trace the shape onto the second piece of cardboard and cut out.

  3. Paint one side of each wing shape. When dry, place one wing paint-side down on your work surface and cut pieces of cellophane to lay over the cutouts in the wing.

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    Glue the second wing on top so that the cellophane is sandwiched in place. Poke three holes in the wing and thread the cord through them so it hangs evenly.

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    For the antennae: Glue one googly eye to the tip of each silly straw, then tape the straws about halfway down the ski hat. Fold up the brim to hide the tape.

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    For the body: Have your child put on the blue shirt, tights and sneakers. Pull the blue socks on over sneakers. Wrap the batting around his middle a few times, then tightly wrap the piece of nylon over the batting. Use a few diaper pins to pin the nylon in place.

  7. Put on the wings: Hold the wings up to your child's shoulders, then help him put one arm through each cord strap, so he wears the wings like a backpack. Run the cord ends around his waist a few times and tie in place.

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