How to Make Bee Wings for a Costume

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Generate some buzz and "bee" the center of attention in your homemade wings. Incandescent-cellophane bee wings are easily made in a short period of time. They are lightweight and suitable for adult costumes but can be used for older kids' dress-up gear too. These simple wings can also be adapted for other winged costumes or for cosplay.

Things You'll Need

  • 6 black poster boards
  • 8 1/2 x 11-inch drawing paper
  • Pencil
  • Craft glue
  • White chalk
  • 1 roll of cellophane
  • 1 roll of parchment paper
  • Iron
  • Ironing board
  • Silver glitter
  • Staple gun
  • Staples
  • 6 black pipe cleaners
  • Hot glue gun
  • Glue

Cellophane Bee Wings

  • Make a poster board sandwich. Place one poster board onto a flat surface and cover the poster board with craft glue. Lay another poster board over the top of that one, and add more glue to its surface. Place the third poster board onto the glued surface. Let the poster board dry. Repeat this process to make the other side of the bee wings.

  • Design your bee wings. Draw several different wing styles onto a piece of drawing paper. Each wing can be a simple elongated oval shape, or more intricately shaped butterfly wings. The design is completely up to your imagination. Choose your favorite.

  • Sketch one side of the bee's wings onto one of the poster board sandwiches with white chalk. Cut the pattern out and trace it onto the other prepared poster board. Cut the other wing out.

  • Lay a sheet of incandescent cellophane over the top of the bee wings. Make sure that the shiniest side is facing upward.

  • Place parchment paper over the cellophane, waxy side down.

  • Turn on the iron to the cotton setting. Allow it to preheat so the base will be uniformly heated.

  • Iron the cellophane onto the poster board. Press down evenly, and don’t linger in any one place too long in order to prevent melting.

  • Allow the cellophane to cool before adding more. Don’t forget to add cellophane to the underside of the wings.

  • Add more cellophane to the bee wings. Use as many or few sheets as you’d like to get your desired look.

  • Draw veins onto the bee’s wings with craft glue. Add glue a little section at a time, and sprinkle silver glitter into the wet glue. Allow the glue to completely dry before proceeding.

  • Staple the wings together in the center.

  • Twist the six black pipe cleaners together to make one large pipe cleaner.

  • Add a line of hot glue over the stapled section of the wings.

  • Center the twisted pipe cleaners over the hot glue and press down firmly. This will camouflage the staples.

  • Hot glue a French barrette to the underside of the wings.

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