Tuesday, October 28, 2014

2 DIY Duct Tape Bug Costumes

Looking for some last minute ideas for DIY Halloween Costumes?  I've recently been embracing duct tape as a crafting material.  So I tried using it to make 2 really easy eleventh hour Halloween Costumes for Chuck.

2 Easy Bug Duct Tape Costumes

2 Super Easy Last Minute Bug Halloween Costumes made using Duct Tape!
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Why use duct tape instead of paint?

Before I got on this duct tape streak, I would have probably just painted these costumes.  You can get some really neat and clean designs painted using freezer paper stencils. But, I really like the idea of using duct tape because you don't have to wait for paint to dry, AND, you can use the shirts over again for something else (which is a big plus in my book!)

Ok.  Let's get making!

Materials Needed

Let's Make some Duct Tape Bug Costumes!

How to Cut Duct Tape Pieces
I used to use scissors to cut duct tape.  Ehh, what a big no-no.  My scissors always got super sticky afterwards. I ended up using smelly nail polish remover to clean them.

Here's my current, easy, no-mess method for cutting duct tape.  I simply roll my duct tape onto a cutting mat and then neatly slice it with a craft knife.  The lines are neat and the blade doesn't get sticky at all.

how to cut duct tape easily

And here's how I cut out larger shapes from duct tape-

I pull and cut out strips of duct tape, overlapping them over the cutting mat to create a duct tape "sheet."  Then, I draw and cut out a template from paper.  (Here I cut out a wing shape.)  Then, I trace around that shape with a craft knife on the duct tape.  And then I peel out the shape and stick it wherever I want.  Again, no messy, sticky blade!

how to cut shapes from duct tape

And here are some up-close shots of the two bug costumes.

Easy DIY Duct Tape Ladybug Costume

Easy Duct Tape Ladybug Costume

(I wrapped pipe cleaners around a black headband to form the antennae. I also wrapped duct tape around our red play glasses to make them look more ladybug-ish.)

easy DIY duct tape ladybug costume for Halloween

Easy DIY Duct Tape Bee Costume

This costume just required strips of duct tape in front...

Easy Duct Tape Bee Costume

and lovely white duct tape wings in back.  

Easy DIY Duct Tape Bee Costume (Back)

This was definitely Chuck's favorite costume.   But, we found that the top piece of black duct tape made it hard to pull the shirt over his head. (Duct tape really makes the shirts quite stiff!)  So I ended up pulling that off in the end.

Easy DIY Duct Tape Handmade Bee Costume

Happy making, friends!

And if you liked this idea, here are lots of other easy no-sew kids' costume ideas!

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Happy creating, friends!
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