Easy DIY Bee Antenna {Halloween Costume Idea}

I miss the days when my kids wanted homemade Halloween costumes.  I love creating things for them, but now they’re more into other things.  Sigh.  At least I still get to supplement their costumes! Check out these super easy DIY bee antenna that I made for Boo a couple of years ago.  No need to buy the expensive version when you can make bee, ladybug or butterfly antenna on the cheap!

Easy Floppy Bee Antenna for Halloween {Works for Ladybug or Butterfly, too!} OneCreativeMommy.com #halloweencostumes #kidshalloweencostumes

We found Boo’s costume at a consignment shop for kids’ clothing, but the antenna were long gone, and we had to improvise.  I may be biased, but I think our “floppy” antenna are much cuter than the ones that stand straight up and cost big bucks!

Easy Floppy Bee Antenna for Halloween {Ladybug or Butterfly, too!}

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Here’s what you need:

  • 1 headband (Mine had a fake braided look, so it had holes all over it that were perfect.  You can use a plain headband, but the antenna will flop slightly differently.)
  • 2 giant black puff balls
  • 2 yellow pipe cleaners (also called chenille stems) For butterfly or ladybug antenna, use red, pink, purple–etc.
  • craft glue
  • a pencil or pen

Easy Floppy Bee Antenna for Halloween {Works for Ladybug or Butterfly, too!} OneCreativeMommy.com #halloweencostumes #kidshalloweencostumes


  1. Glue each pipe cleaner to a puff ball.
  2. Allow to dry.
  3. Using a pencil or pen, carefully twist the pipe cleaner into a spiral.
  4. Twist the free end of the pipe cleaner around the headband a few times, and them back around the pipe cleaner to attach.
  5. Adjust the “flop” to your desired look, and you’re done!


How do you feel about Halloween costumes? Do you like to buy pre-made costumes or create your own? What’s the best costume you ever made?

Easy Floppy Bee Antenna for Halloween {Works for Ladybug or Butterfly, too!} OneCreativeMommy.com #halloweencostumes #kidshalloweencostumes

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  1. Aw so sweet & Boo is adorable!

  2. What an adorable idea. I love that you can make these in any color combination…heck..I might make one for myself this year, it would be an easy “costume” for an adult too! Thank you for sharing…pinning now!

  3. What an adorable idea…I love that you can totally customize the color combinations. Heck, I might make one for myself, it would make a great last minute adult “costume” thank you for sharing, pinning now

  4. That’s a wonderful solution! The antennae I’ve been acquainted with were both expensive AND flimsy – snapped right in half when they were worn and irritated the kids’ heads if they didn’t break!
    When my daughters were young we had no choice but to make costumes. “Halloween stores” didn’t exist. Once my grandkids turn five, they start asking for elaborate costumes – like the $58 Star Wars Storm Troopers I just bought two of for the twins. Yikes! But that’s what grandmas do, I guess! I can’t think of another thing I’d rather spend it on!

    • Thanks, Joyce. My daughter was just looking at a $50 costume today. I just can’t justify it! She’ll have to sweet talk her own grandma, or we’ll have to figure out how to DIY it! Personally, I love to DIY costumes. It’s so much fun when you make it yourself. Although, I don’t think I could DIY a storm trooper! Your grandkids must love you!!!

  5. what a great idea! super easy and adorable

  6. I’d love to make my kids’ costumes, but I lack the time for 4 costumes. I need to get started this weekend on our plans so I’m not rushing around at the last minute.

  7. Love them! And so simple to create too. You always come up with the best ideas Heidi!

  8. This is so cute. I love this costume.

  9. How stinkin’ cute! My daughter would totally wear this to school :)

  10. Heidi, this is such a great craft idea! I wish I had a girl in order to make one!

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