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Coolest Homemade Bat Costume

by Paige
(Dunwoody, GA)

Homemade Bat Costume

Homemade Bat Costume

My daughter wanted to be a bat and wanted the wings to move. So I came up with the idea of using a black umbrella for the wings.

I just dressed her in a black dress, black tights, black boots. I purchased the black umbrella from the dollar store and then I cut it in half. I hot glued some black feather trim around the umbrella for extra effect. I allowed the silver joints of the umbrella to show b/c it looked like the little bones from a real bat. I sewed the umbrella along the underside of the arms and down the side of the dress.

I painted a black mask onto her face. Hot glued some "ears" on a headband that I made out of foam and painted black. Purchased a pair of inexpensive vampire teeth.

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Great Idea
by: Anonymous

What a great idea. I am going to go as bat lady and I love the idea of using an umbrella. Thank you for sharing your brilliant idea. Accolades.

by: Anonymous

In order to control what the kids wear to school, my son's school provides categories for the kids to dress up in. My son's grade was "animals" since this did not coincide with his trick or treat choice we needed a second costume. I replaced the black dress with a black turtleneck and pants and trimmed the umbrella with black felt instead of feathers and it was perfect. Thanks for helping a mom out!

best costume EVER
by: anne borrill

This is the best cheap handmade bat costume I have ever made, also quite easy to do. Thanks for sharing your idea.

Great Costume!
by: rob from sheffield

Great idea. I was stuck for a Halloween outfit for tomorrow and have been able to make this in under an hour. Great stuff!

Fruit Bat
by: Anonymous

I'm a teacher at a school that encourages 'healthy and active' costumes - I am going to turn this idea into a 'fruit bat'. Long sleeved T-Shirt will be adorned with wings on sleeve and fruit on the front:)
Thanks a bunch!


simple and easy and even cooler. I gotta use this idea sometime. thanks for the cool idea!

by: Anonymous

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Creative idea
by: LANA

Wonderful costume idea. Hope mine looks as cute!

Umbrella wings
by: Anonymous

Love it! Thanks for sharing.

VERY creative
by: Francine Sheedy

Amazing!! I can't wait to show my son. I even have an old umbrella that has little pinpoint holes right in the top. PERFECT!

Wondering how to cut the umbrella?
by: Stellaluna's Mom

I love your costume idea and am trying to re-create the same for my daughter. I've got all the materials, but am wondering if you can advise me on how you cut up the umbrella and what you used (scissors?, metal cutters?) to do it. I'm a little hung up on how to disconnect the shaft from the umbrella portion, and what metal can be "scrapped" (pardon the pun), and what should be kept intact as part of the wing to be sure it stays movable. Can you perhaps offer any advice on that portion of the project? (I even bought an extra umbrella in case I foul up the first one since I'm not so handy...) Any suggestions/tips are welcome! Thank you for your creativity.

by: Tracy

did anyone figure out the best way to cut the umbrella and remove the shaft of it? Trying to re-create this and dont' know where to start

by: Carmel

What a great idea, bought an umbrella for $2, so quick, easy and effective, my son is really excited to be wearing this for a dress up as an animal day, thank you

great idea
by: Anonymous

I am so excited to try this for my son! Wonderful idea on using the umbrella!!!!

how to cut the umbrella
by: Anonymous

To cut the umbrella, you use scissors. cut the umbrella in half and throw ouw the inside of it (this includes the shaft, handle, and spokes)

Bat Costume.
by: Anonymous


How to cut the umbrella
by: Paige

It was a lot easier than it looks! I simply cut the umbrella with a pair of scissors. I decided to leave in the metal spokes to make them look like little bones in the wings. Also, my daughter liked "opening and closing" them when she flapped her wings. I remember using black thread to tie the joints in a knot before sewing it to the garment. Hope this helps!

by: bob


batty creative
by: Anonymous

that is very creative

Thank you!
by: suzie

Phew! Just finished umbrella bat creation for school PTA Hallowe'en party!! My son absolutely hates dressing up but was really into flapping the bat wings and is excited to be going to the party now. Thank you for showing your fab idea! It made me finally get out and try and learn how to use my sewing-machine too.

Bat Costume
by: Janet

This is a great and easy idea! Thanks for sharing! My daughter always wants to be some kind of animal for Halloween and this was different. She really loves the way it looks!

Great idea
by: Kirsty

I have just come by this idea. I have a panto to do later this year and have 4 young girls to dress as bats that change back to children half way through the play. I think this will be good but might use velcro instead of sewing it.

Cool costume!
by: Lynne

Wow! What a crafty idea! My daughter lives it. Igot her little bat wings but these look so much cooler. Did u sew the umbrella to the dress?

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