Bat Costume DIY

*warning: photo heavy post ahead*

As you may have seen in THIS post, I decided to be a bat for Halloween this year. The idea struck when I came across this bat shaped mask in the $1 section at Target. I decided I could make my costume (pretty much) myself rather than spending a lot of money on something I would never wear again. It was really easy, took about an hour to make the whole thing, and cost me about $10. Plus, it's not a complicated costume. Just wear all black, throw on the bat accessories, and you're good to go. I also opted for some darker makeup to match my look.

Supplies you'll need:

Bat Mask
Roll of Black Sequins
Large Black Umbrella (mine was on the small side)
Pair of Black Shoelaces
Hot Glue & Hot Glue Gun
Wire Cutters
Black Electrical Tape
2 Hair Combs


Heat up your hot glue gun while you gather your supplies. Start with your mask and glue the sequins onto the mask, leaving the eyeholes uncovered and following the outline of the bat. I really didn't make this complicated, just glue in small sections to make it easier to keep the bat shape. Trim any fraying pieces and glue down any loose ends.

For your wings, open up your umbrella and place it on it's top. Cut two of the triangles out, with your scissors, that are directly across from each other and set the fabric aside for your ears.

Using your wire cutters, clip the main support wires off of the umbrella just above the joints.

Also clip off the main rod and file down the raw metal if you can't get it all the way out.

Clip off the wire that connects the main wire to the second wire.

Tape off any of the spots you've cut to cover any sharp edges.

I added some hot glue to the center, just to make sure the left over sharp pieces would not bother me while I wore my wings.

Use one of your shoelaces and tie it around the main support wires in the center of the wings (just loop it through and tie the ends together. you will place this strap around your shoulders) and then cut your second lace in half and tie it onto the top wire on either end of the wings (these will tie around your wrists).

For your ears, use the small pins that are still attached to the main rod. They should slip out easily.

Glue the pins to the top corners of the left over fabric you trimmed at the beginning.

By gluing the pins to the fabric it will keep the ears standing up straight.

Trim the ears about half an inch below the end of the pins and glue them to your combs.

Use your left over sequins to cover the ears (I just did the front) to make them match your mask.

That's it! You'll have a unique and beautiful costume in no time!

Have you decided what you will dress up as for Halloween, yet?


The Twisted Red LadyBug / Anda Alexandra said...

That is very creative, lady :)
Looking awesome!

Amy Beth Foley said...

Oh my goodness you are clever!!!! I'm very impressed.

Amanda said...

Ha, this is so cool and creative! I shouldn't have just thrown out that black umbrella I had... Ugh!

Dianne said...

This is adorable! Thanks for sharing! :-)

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