Felt Monarch Butterfly Wings (Tutorial)

These felt monarch butterfly wings are very simple to make and make a great Halloween costume or a cute addition to dress up play. Just pair the wings with some black leggings and a black top, you’ve got the perfect monarch butterfly costume!  (We actually will be wearing ours to our upcoming local butterfly festival and parade.)  

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DIY Felt Butterfly Wings- Easy tutorial for homemade butterfly wings (perfect for Halloween or pretend play) ~ BuggyandBuddy.com

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*This post was originally published on September 18, 2013 and has since been updated.

Felt Monarch Butterfly Wings Tutorial

Materials for Felt Butterfly Wings


Directions for Felt Butterfly Wings

1. Draw half of a wing shape on the white posterboard using pencil and cut it out. (I measured from the center of Lucy’s back to the edge of one hand. This distance was just under 22 inches.)


DIY Felt Butterfly Wings- Easy tutorial for homemade butterfly wings (perfect for Halloween or pretend play)

2. Take your piece of black felt and fold it in half. I had to fold mine in half diagonally for the wing to fit. Place the center edge of the wing template along the folded edge of the black felt. Pin it in place.

folded and pinned

3. Cut the black felt around the template. Unpin the cardboard and unfold the black felt to reveal your butterfly wings.

Black felt cut into wing shape

4. Now it’s time to add the black and white design. I started with my white felt, cutting various circles and placing them along the edges of the wings. Then I cut teardrop-like shapes from the orange felt and placed them onto the wings. (It helps to always cut two shapes at a time. That way you’re guaranteed to always have two identical shapes~ one for each wing.)

DIY Felt Butterfly Wings- Easy tutorial for homemade butterfly wings (perfect for Halloween or pretend play)

5. With your leftover black felt, cut our a center body for the butterfly.

DIY Felt Butterfly Wings- Easy tutorial for homemade butterfly wings (perfect for Halloween or pretend play)

6. Once you’re happy with how you’ve arranged the felt pieces, glue them in place. I used the spray adhesive to do this. Later when I found corners that I had missed, I used the Fabri Tac to stick them down. Allow the wings to fully dry.

7. Now it’s time to sew on the elastic. We’ll be making two large loops in the center of the wings to place arms through and a small loop for the tip of each wing to place the thumbs through. Turn the wings over so the wrong side is facing up.

8. Take your two long pieces of black elastic (each 15 1/2 inches long) and fold them in half forming a loop with each one. Pin them to the wings with the cut edges in the center top of the butterfly wings. (I’m using white elastic in the photo below so you can see it more clearly.

loops up closePinning large elastic loops to back of wings

9. Cut out a small rectangle from your leftover black fabric. Place it on top of the elastic ends to cover them up. Sew around the entire rectangle, securing both elastic pieces in place.

Back straps sewn

10. Now that the arm loops are sewn in place, it’s time to attach the thumb loops. (Again, I’m using white elastic for you to see it more clearly. The actual wings use black elastic.) Take one of the 4 inch pieces of black elastic and form it into a loop. Pin it at the end of one wing. (You can hold the wings up to your child to estimate about where his/her thumb will be.) Pin the loop in place. Do this for the other loop on the remaining side.

white loop

11. Sew the loops in place.


This is how the back of the monarch butterfly wings will look.

completed back

And here’s the front of the monarch butterfly wings!

DIY Felt Butterfly Wings- Easy tutorial for homemade butterfly wings (perfect for Halloween or pretend play)

Once the kids are done wearing these for the butterfly parade (and possibly Halloween), they’ll go right into our dress-up basket in the playroom! I’m sure there’s tons of imaginative play in our future with these adorable butterfly wings!

DIY Felt Butterfly Wings- Easy tutorial for homemade butterfly wings (perfect for Halloween or pretend play)

DIY Butterfly Wings: Easy Tutorial for Making Felt Butterfly Wings- Perfect for Halloween, pretend play, or a Monarch butterfly parade!


Felt Butterfly Wing Tutorial: Super easy DIY butterfly wings- make to resemble a monarch or any colorful butterfly! Makes a great homemade costume or dress up for pretend play! ~ BuggyandBuddy.com


  1. Love this! They look so beautiful on your little girl. I can’t wait to try and make my girls some butterfly wings! Thanks for sharing.

  2. I LOVE this! It looks so gorgeous on Lucy, I cant wait till my little girl is older to make such lovely things. Right now, she pulls things to bits. sharing /pinned.

  3. Wow – beautiful. You are so creative. These would be great for a dress up bin too.

  4. This is so beautiful! If my daughter saw this right now, I bet she would be sold. Then I would ask my mother-in-law to make it :).

  5. These are gorgeous! I’m pinning this and really hoping I get around to giving it a go one day!

  6. That is super. I love monarch butterflies. And you could adapt it for other species of butterfly!

  7. We don’t do Halloween costumes as much here in the UK but I shall be looking for an opportunity to use this wonderful idea nonetheless!

  8. My daughter’s store-bought wings just bit the dust the other day, and she is very sad. I’ll have to try this for her…although I’ll have to find a pink butterfly to use as a model. =)

  9. awesome! My girls would love these. Thanks for posting the tutorial.

  10. Those look amazing and I love no sew costume ideas!

  11. They are stunning. What a fantastic idea for Halloween.

  12. Chelsey, you are my felting idol! These wings are fabulous and little Lucy is just as cute as can be. 🙂

  13. I can see my girls dancing around the house in these!!! thanks for the instructions!

  14. This outfit is as gorgeous as its model. Too bad my daughter wants to be a ghost for Halloween and not a butterfly 🙂 Thanks for sharing with Afterschool!

  15. That is simply AWESOME! And you could make any sort of butterfly, bird or fairy wings with this pattern. (Dang, wish I had a girl now.)

  16. What beautiful wings!
    Thanks for linking to Tutorial Thursdays on Marigolds’ Loft.
    Your tutorial will be featured tomorrow 🙂
    Look forward to seeing you again this week.
    Marigolds’ Loft
    Pinned 🙂

  17. This is a very cute craft project just in time for Halloween too. The wings turned out just lovely! Thank you for linking up this week to the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop 🙂

  18. You’re going to have a very happy little girl on Halloween – what a beautiful costume! Thanks so much for sharing at After School.

  19. Beautiful!! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!

  20. This is such an adorable costume idea. I am featuring on Mom’s Library this week at Pounds4Pennies!

  21. just gorgeous! My kids will be so pleased I pinned this one day when they need a costume!

  22. Love this SOOO much! I just found out that we have a local monarch butterfly parade on the 19th, so I’m looking at monarch butterfly wings instead of going to bed OR working on my own blog 😉 Love, love, LOOOOVE!

  23. Hi! Love your idea!! We included your butterfly costume in a round-up we did on no-sew costume ideas! Thank you for sharing!


  24. A search on google to grant my daughter’s wish landed on your wings. Beautiful.. i did a pink version and my girl is in love . It was time well spent for both of us.
    Here’s my version

    You are on my weekly reading list ..Thanks.

    • Those wings turned out absolutely beautiful!! I absolutely adore them and especially love that it provided quality time together! Thank you so much for sharing! I’d love to share your finished photo on the Buggy and Buddy Facebook page if you don’t mind. I think others would love to see your version!

  25. This is beautiful and a very fun project!
    Thank you for sharing!

  26. This is darling! LOVE the idea and pinning! 😉

  27. Hi, thanks for the tutorial a blessing to find it as my daughter needs a costume for the school play. I was wondering what does it look like from the front? Thanks for sharing.
    From Oman, Clo

  28. Just made these, fairly true to your original. They turned out PERFECT! Thank you, thank you. Your directions were simple to follow and the whole costume came together in just a couple hours 🙂

  29. Hello! These r gorgeous!!!! Is there a template to print for the wings?

    • Thank you, Erinn! Sorry, there is no template for the wings, but it’s not too hard to free hand! Please let me know if you have any other questions!

  30. How do the wings attach to the dress? Such a cute idea I’m making an adult version for Halloween this year!

    • I love that idea, Cassie! How fun! The wings aren’t attached to any clothing. They’re just held on the body with the two straps at the shoulder and two at the hands. 🙂

  31. What a beautiful monarch!! Thanks for sharing the directions. I have been looking for a monarch butterfly costume since our move to Northern California has been finalized, and my kids have gotten interested in monarchs and its migration. When I came across your blog,I knew I found the perfect costume. Followed the directions, and it turned out great. Now if only my little one would stand still for a picture….
    From your post, I gather you are around the same area as we would be moving in. I have heard its beautiful!!!

  32. I just made these for myself, a 20-year-old, and I loved them! I had to extend the length and width a bit but I am happy with the result. The will surely make a lovely addition to my butterfly Halloween costume! Thank you for the tutorial! 🙂

  33. I made these for my almost two year old for Halloween this year. What a beautiful idea and it turned out mostly great! I adjusted for her size, which worked out fine. This was my intro to spray adhesive and fabri tac and a couple of the orange and white pieces fell off. (Maybe I didn’t let it dry long enough? not sure what happened there.) Also, she didn’t like having her thumbs stuck in anything, but we were able to have her keep the arms on and so it just hung on her back, which didn’t look too bad 🙂 Thanks for a great and easy butterfly costume overall!

  34. Thanks for the great post!!!!!! Just made my daughter a butterfly this year 🙂 I adjusted the specs a bit to work for a 2 yr old, but the design is the same. I started by making it double sided so I could sew the sides together to keep a hanger inside. Then I attached elastic the armpits so she could wear it backpack style.

    Here is a link to my post, scroll down to check out the picture!

  35. Sindhu Nair says:

    Hey, thanks a lot for this post. My daughter wanted to dress up as a butterfly for her fancy dress function at school. Your post really helped me make the butterfly wings for her and she loved them. She still plays with them @ home. And best part, she could help me with making them too. Thanks again

  36. Just beautiful! Thanks for the inspiration!
    Hugs, Jacqueline

  37. Anshu Makin says:

    Thanks for uploading such a wonderful craft. The wings looking beautiful. My daughter wanted to wear them for her fancy dress competition at school. She is 6 yrs old. I created them as per your instructions given and also decided to the do the pattern on both sides of the wings. In the end I had applied glitter on wings to make them look more beautiful. Along with wings I have made headband and used white felt circles on the front portion of the shirt to define the butterfly body. Hoping to win the competition. Once again thank you very much. For you to see my daughter, I have uploaded her video on YouTube. In search enter – Fancy dress competition monarch butterfly.

  38. Oh my goodness, LOVE THIS!!!
    I saw this on pinterest and am planning on making my (adult) self some butterfly wings for my Halloween costume this year!!! 100% in love!! Thank you!!
    Also, I’m thinking about doing mine in silk — I have some old silk scraps lying around that should work perfect for this and give it a nice flowy look :):)

  39. Carissa says:

    I pick my daughter up from school today and she told me that she needed an insect costume for her school play tomorrow. I ran across your tutorial and ended up making her These Wings and she loves them! Thank you so much!

  40. Might be too late, but what age was your daughter (or what size was she wearing) when you made the wings? I’m making for a 6 year old butterfly tea party with 5 and 6 year olds, I think these measurements are about right, but wanted to check since i can’t measure all the kids. Thanks!

    • Hi Sharon- My daughter was 5 when I made her the butterfly wings, and she wore them again the next year to our local butterfly parade! Hope that helps!

  41. Hi! I was looking for a diy carnival costume for my kiddies and bunped into this- awesome! I made 2 for my twins (similar pattern but i stiched the bits just to make that they wouldn’t fall to bits as I didn’t trust the glue i had so much…), big success! My kids love their butterfly wings so much, they want to wear them everyday! Great tutorial! Cheers, Marzia


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