Broken Umbrella makes fantastic halloween costume

Broken Umbrella makes fantastic halloween costume

Stop before you throw away that broken umbrella in the cupboard. Rather sew together a home-made costume for your little man. Make use of items lying around the house and transform your child into the coolest superhero around! All his friends will be asking where he bought his “super-cool” costume, and all their mums will be calling you for tips.

You will need:

  • Black umbrella
  • Pliers
  • Wire cutter
  • Scissors
  • Safety pins
  • Long-sleeved black top
  • Large sheet of black cardboard
  • Chalk or a light pencil
  • Cutting mat
  • Craft knife
  • Paper piercer or punch
  • Elastic band
  • Glitter glue


Open up the umbrella and remove the metal fittings in the centre of the umbrella with small pliers and a wire cutter. Leave the metal sparks at the outer ends of the umbrella.

Cut the umbrella in half.


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Make the bat wings by securing each half of the umbrella onto the black top with safety pins. Secure it along the underside of the sleeves, and down the sides of the top. You can also use a needle and thread to sew it onto the top.

Draw the outline of your bat mask with chalk on the black cardboard. We recommend using the craft knife to cut out the straight sides of the mask and a pair of scissors for the trickier parts.

An easy way to cut out the eyes is to gently fold the cardboard in half and cut out the oval shape with a pair of scissors. Use your craft knife if you’d prefer to keep the mask fold free.

Make a small hole on each side of the mask through which to insert the elastic band. You can use a paper piercer or a punch for this.

Decorate the front of the mask with glitter glue.

Your little bat is ready to fly!

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