HOW TO – Build a better bat costume (from an umbrella)


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From the MAKE Blog:
Lenore writes – “Halloween is coming right up, so it is time to post one of our favorite costumes to help get everyone in the spirit. This is a darned good looking bat costume you can make from a hoodie and an umbrella. Yes, similar costumes have been made before. Even Martha’s done it. However, our version is better. Forget instructions that call for elastic harnesses and throwing out the “insides” of the umbrella. You don’t need elastic, and the umbrella parts are absolutely essential. Those extra ribs make extra big bat ears. The only raw materials that you will need are an umbrella and a hooded zippered sweatshirt. You will also need some tools and supplies: needle and thread, pins, pliers, scissors, and something to cut the umbrella ribs, such as tin snips, bolt cutters, or cutting pliers.”Link.


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6 thoughts on “HOW TO – Build a better bat costume (from an umbrella)

  1. LittleGreen says:

    Oh this brings back sad memories. I made a very similar costume years ago when I was a teen and didn’t know the value (not price) of vintage umbrellas. But I have to say, the beautiful scalloped edges made great wings. but I can’t believe I cut up something so beautiful as an ivory and silver handled umbrella.

  2. ccbaran says:

    Yes, this one Is better, brilliantly charming.
    It is the ears that make this just perfect- and how cute she looks in it.

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