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DIY Bee Costume: $9

October 26, 2009

I stopped by Micheals this weekend and spent $9 to buy:

  • Yellow Duct Tape $4
  • Black little puff balls $2
  • Black Wire $3

I decided that I would dress up like a bee this year!  I was excited about this idea, because who doesn’t have tons of black in their closet?  You can make it as sexy or modest as you want, depending on the outfit you choose.   Mine is tight, but no where near as revealing as what you will find if you search for ready-made bee costumes for grown ups.

I tested out my idea using an old cheap skirt I had — I think you could use a skirt you still wear since the tape seems quite gentle.  I can’t do the top in advance since it is fitted.  I made the stripes while wearing the skirt, so they are a little crooked (will try to fix!) and they aren’t as taut when the skirt is off.


I already had two coat hangers and old black nylons for the wings. I had a headband to attach the wire to for antennae, and black leggings so I’d look more bug like.  I’m going to try to use a swimsuit string to fasten the wings on.  I also want these yellow shoes for fun, but we’ll see.  They aren’t even the right shade, but I’m in love with mustard right now.


If you want your boyfriend to roll his eyes, you could also consider carrying a fake gun/knife — then you are a killer bee!

5 Comments leave one →
  1. October 26, 2009 4:01 pm

    This is so cute! At first I wanted to be a bee as well, but changed my mind. I’m not crafty at all and wouldn’t even know how to make those coat hanger/nylon wings!

  2. October 26, 2009 7:07 pm

    Cute costume! What a great idea. I haven’t dressed up for Halloween in years…but now I want to 🙂

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    October 27, 2009 8:16 am

    I’m not crafty at all either — this is really really simple, even for me. I can handle tape! (Sort of. It is crooked!)

    The wings look kind of not-so-awesome if you look closely, but they’ll do. 🙂

    I haven’t made my own costume before and I didn’t dress up last year. So i’m pumped. Though when I tried to explain my costume to a friend I think she was worried — “Duct tape??!”

  4. October 27, 2009 12:30 pm

    Very cute and clever, I like it! I have a few costumes saved from years past in case I decide to dress up, but I may skip halloween this year. My friend whose party we go to every year is teaching in Italy for the fall, bummer. I’ll torture the dogs with costumes instead!

  5. October 27, 2009 2:17 pm

    I love it! And I think the sort of crooked lines look perfect – bees’ lines aren’t exactly parallel anyway so it looks more realistic. There was some facebook quiz you could take to see what you should be for Halloween this year, and mine told me I should be a bee. So maybe I should!

    Still not sure if I’m even going out Saturday though…I have events Thurs and Fri so I might be done for the weekend by then. Plus Halloween is so annoying to me what with all the drunk half-naked girls stumbling around and drunk idiot guys ogling them.

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