Baby wearing a ladybug Halloween costume

Easy DIY Bug Costumes Under $20



Halloween is weeks away and rather than sift through pricey pre-made costumes for your kids, why not make your own? If you’re the savvy type who prefers treats to tricks, you’ll opt for an inexpensive getup this Fall. Check out these 3 inexpensive bug costumes that are creative and just plain cute.

DIY Spider Costume

spider costume
Photo Credit: Pretty Plain Janes


  • Black long sleeve shirt
  • Black stocking cap
  • Black pants
  • Black Adult socks (the kind that have the “L” shape)
  • Dark Shoes
  • 2 eyeballs
  • Black mittens
  • Gift tissue, plastic bags or newspaper for stuffing
  • Black ribbon or yarn
  • Hot glue gun and glue for it


  1. Stuff each sock with tissue, plastic bags, paper or whatever you have that will stuff a sock. I used one tissue paper for the foot of the sock and another for the part that goes up the leg.
  2. Hot glue (or sew) each sock to back of shirt making 4 “legs”.
  3. Attach each “leg”, starting with the arm of the shirt (because that’s a leg too), by taking ribbon or yarn and hot glueing it to the back of every limb. I left about 4″ of space between each leg.
  4. Take 2 eyeballs and attach to front of the hat with hot glue.
  5. Dress your spider (don’t forget the mittens)!

DIY Ladybug Costume

ladybug costume
Photo Credit: Ruth Meharg


  • Half a yard of red felt
  • A couple of sheets of black felt
  • 36 inches of black ribbon
  • Half a yard of fuzzy red trim
  • Two pipe cleaners
  • Fabric glue
  • Headband
  • Black socks
  • Black shirt
  • Black pants will make the costume complete!


  1. Begin by cutting a large semi-circle out of the red felt (suggested radius is 18 inches, however you may need to increase or decrease this depending on how long you want the cape to be).
  2. Cut a shallow semi-circle from the center edge of the large one to make a space for your child’s neck.
  3. Glue round circles of black felt onto the red cape
  4. Glue the length of ribbon around the neck. Cut two 1 inch pieces of red trim and attach to the headband using pipe cleaners.
  5. Glue the remaining trim around the top of the socks.
  6. Pair your ladybug cape with a solid black base to make the red pop!

DIY Butterfly

butterly costume
Photo Credit: Ruth Meharg


  • 1 1/2 yards of wool felt in color of your choice
  • Butterfly Template
  • Scissors
  • 1 yard polyurethane foam or a white poster board that’s sturdy (optional)
  • Colored fabric in color of your choice or acrylic paint
  • Fabric Glue
  • Ribbons


  • Fold dark brown felt in half and cut two matching wing shapes that are as wide as your child’s arm and as tall as your child’s back.cut out.
  • (Optional) Cut foam or poster in same size and shape as dark felt.
  • (Optional) Glue the dark brown belt and foam/poster together to create a more sturdy surface.
  • Put wax paper underneath the wing fabric so your wings don’t stick to the surface underneath as you decorate.
  • If you are using fabric to decorate, cut two sets of matching designs to adorn the wing felt and glue it on. If you are using paint, paint symmetrical designs on each wing. See Martha Stewart’s butterfly template here for some inspiration.
  • Attach the middle of two 24 inch ribbons and one 36 inch ribbon along the top of the wings, and the end of two 10 inch ribbons along the side using fabric glue.
  • To make the headband – cut 2 rectangles from matching fabric and fold in the corners to create bows. Attach to the headband with pipe cleaners.

 Do you have kids in school? Read our blog post “Books, Bags and…Lice Alert!” for tips on how you can prevent your kids from bringing home lice. 



Ashley Smith

Ashley is a Digital Content Manager with Rentokil. She loves drinking coffee and spending time with her dogs.

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