I've been thinking of group/family costumes for us the past few years while the kids are young (and willing to go along with my ideas!). This Bee Family Costume fit the bill for us: cute, inexpensive, and my husband didn't have to be too silly.
Bees: Basic cylinder/tube pattern. I sewed black and yellow fuzzy strips together horizontally then sewed on a black liner and stuffed in-between them with batting. I put a drawstring at the neck and two drawstrings around the legs (although I totally should have just done one like at the neck, which would have been easier). We wore black shirts, black tights, and black shoes. The antennae were plastic headbands with black pipe cleaners wrapped around fuzzy yellow balls that you can find in the craft section of stores like Wal-mart (or Michael's). The wings were bent hangers with extra netting from the beekeeper stretched across and hot-glued. Then, I glued felt around the edge for a clean look. I tied the black string in the middle of the wings and "attached" them to us by putting the strings on our arms like a backpack and then tightening them with the plastic drawstring thingie (I know, very technical vocab). Add cute red cheeks with facepaint and you're set!
Beekeeper: I bought the cheapest painter's suit from our local hardware store (less than $10) and painted the bee on the front pocket area and a bigger one on the back. Then, I just stapled the netting (that I bought from a fabric store) to my husband's yardwork hat. Add gloves and workboots and you have a nice masculine touch to your adorable bees!
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Total Cost of Homemade Dead Bumble Bee Costume = $1.00
I found a yellow tutu last year as a Halloween clearance. I took an old velvet Christmas dress and removed the bottom half of the dress and then hold glued the shirt portion to the top of the tutu creating a one piece outfit. I then took and old yellow boa and added bits and pieces to the neck, arms and tops of the ballet flats she already owned.
I added black tights to keep her warm in the weather. For the headpiece I took an old headband and painted it yellow, added gold pipe cleaners and topped it with more yellow boa. You cant see it but she had little honey pots painted to the top of the headband.
For the wand I took an old wood stick, painted it yellow and added a yellow pom pom to the top. I took remnant pieces of yellow and black hair ribbons and hot glued it to the base of the wand.
I finished the entire costume by looking for a home made way to make wings online. I took a HUGE pair of panty hose and a hanger. I molded the hanger to the right shape and stretched the hose over the hanger. I then added mode podge to the entire wings to prevent rips and make them really heavy and stiff. Tto finish the wings I added some glitter glue in gold and some rhinestones. She decided to be a dead bumble bee when she found her brother's old makeup sitting around.
My daughter was very much a busy little bee by the time her second Halloween rolled around! So I decided to make her just that, a Homemade Busy Bee Halloween Costume!
I made a tutu out of an elastic of an old pair of pants of hers. I knotted black and yellow tulle to it until it all filled up! I bought a black turtle neck and stenciled "BUSY" and a little buzzing bee on it with yellow fabric paint and a sponge.
I made the wings out of old hangers and black nylons! I decorated them with yellow glitter fabric paint! The antenae are pipe cleaners attached to barrettes with Styrofoam balls wrapped in fabric! They bounced as she walked!
It was truly an adorable costume and a very memorable one!
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