Make This Cute Bug Halloween Costume Using Leftover Cardboard Boxes
Got empty cardboard boxes? Make use of your recycling stash for this larger-than-life beetle. Use the patterns to cut the body, wings, legs, and antennae, then use black and gold paint to give the beetle a realistic creepy-crawly look. To finish the easy handmade Halloween costume, you'll just need a black shirt, sweatpants, and a knit hat. Nothing is attached to the sweatsuit, so you'll be able to use it long after the holiday is over. Customize your little bug with your child's favorite colors and let them help splatter paint the design.
How to Make a Kid's Beetle Costume for Halloween
- Printable bug pattern
- Utility knife
- Acrylic paint: black and gold
- Hot-glue and glue sticks
- Black 1-inch-wide elastic
- Two black chenille pipe cleaners
- Black knit hat
- Black shirt and pants
Create your own little bug with a few crafty tools and materials you might already have on hand. Your little one will be ready to crawl into the Halloween festivities.
Step 1: Make the Bug
Enlarge and trace the bug body, wings, legs, and antennae patterns onto cardboard; cut out. Paint the body, legs, and antennae black on both sides; let dry. Paint the wings gold; let dry. Paint the edges of the wings black and add black spots and speckles. Hot-glue the wings to the bug body. Hot-glue front leg parts together. Arrange the six legs evenly along the sides of the wings. Hot-glue the legs to the underside of assembled bug body. For arm loops, determine strap length and placement on the bug body to fit the child. Hot-glue ends of black elastic strips to the assembled bug body, making two arm loops.