Things You'll Need
- 2 wire hangers
- Wire cutter
- 2 black stockings
- Black thread
- Black felt
- 2 yards grey ribbon
- Black half-mask
- Stiff black paper
- Grey leotard and tights or shirt and pants
Mosquitoes are no fun, but a mosquito costume can be. It could be part of a group costume titled, "The Terrors of Florida," along with a hurricane and an alligator. You could also use this costume to publicize a blood drive emphasizing that, unlike mosquitoes, the drive will only take voluntary donations. This costume is quick and easy to make so, unlike real mosquitoes, it will not keep you up long into the night.
Shape the coat hangers into ovals to make wings. Cut 2 inches off the hooks, and twist the remaining wire together to hold the wings together.
Stretch a black stocking over each wing. Gather the stocking around the bottom of the wing where the wires are twisted together, and tie it in place with thread. Twist the remaining fabric around the wires in the center of the frame.
Wrap a small piece of black felt over the stockings wrapped around the center of the frame to cover them and hold them in place. Sew the felt in place.
Cut the ribbon in half and sew the center of both pieces to the back side of the felt covering the center of the wings. These ribbons are wrapped over the shoulders and under the arms to tie the wings on.
Make a cone of stiff black paper 5 inches long and 1 1/2 inches wide. Secure the bottom with tape. Cut a 3/4 inch slit in the edge of the cone. This is the mosquito's stinger.
Place the cone over the nose of the mask with the slit at the bottom. Spread the edges of the slit and staple them to the mask to hold the cone in place.
Put on the grey clothes and wear the mask and wings.
Carry a noise-maker that makes a buzzing sound or a tape of a buzzing noise. You may use old pantyhose instead of stockings.
Do not cut the stockings or hose, they will run.
- Carry a noise-maker that makes a buzzing sound or a tape of a buzzing noise.
- You may use old pantyhose instead of stockings.
- Do not cut the stockings or hose, they will run.
Camela Bryan's first published article appeared in "Welcome Home" magazine in 1993. She wrote and published SAT preparation worksheets and is also a professional seamstress who has worked for a children's theater as a costume designer and in her own heirloom-sewing business. Bryan has a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from the University of Florida.