Welcome to day 4 of Homemade Costume week. This bumblebee Halloween costume looks great in person, and could not be simpler to make. A black shirt, yellow duct tape, some pipe cleaners, and a pair of dollar store wings. You can make this one in about 15 minutes. I made this quick and easy no-sew costume for Kaboose, and you can find the instructions for how to make it over there: [how to make a bumblebee costume]

Project Estimate:

  • Black hooded sweatshirt, on hand
  • Yellow duct tape, $3
  • 2 yellow chenille stems, on hand
  • 2 yellow pom-poms, on hand
  • 1/4″ elastic, $1
  • Hot glue gun and hot glue stick
  • Pair of bee wings from dollar store (or instructions at Kaboose), $1

Total: $5


I don’t know if you guys care about seeing my sketches or not, but it amuses me, so I’ll just keep posting them. My original sketch was slightly more complicated than the costume ended up — I originally envisioned a black hoodie with a yellow t-shirt over it, but when I started making the costume, I eliminated the yellow t-shirt and just went with yellow duct tape stripes. I also called for the costume to be stuffed with grocery bags (to make it more round) but I decided the stuffing was unnecessary when I put it on my model (my 4 year-old).

My craft planning process is this:

  • sketch the project and label what each part is
  • think through the actual process of making it and what supplies I will need
  • write down the process as I imagine it (so I have “instructions” to follow)
  • then take a step back and see if there is anything I can eliminate in terms of supplies or extra work
  • collect my supplies (from my stash, or shop for them)
  • do the project and change something (usually!)
  • make sure to photograph most of the steps so I can remember how I made it

How do you plan for your craft projects? Do you have a sketchbook?