Spelling Bee Costume

This post was sponsored by our friends at Primary.com.

One of the winning qualities that I try to weave into Halloween costumes is to be able to use clothes after the holiday is over. It’s a challenge to craft this way, for sure, but it’s certainly economical and makes us feel less wasteful, both in regards to money and to materials!

This DIY Spelling Bee costume (see what I did there?) is exactly that. Nothing is permanently glued onto the clothes, which is a good thing because these Primary.com basics are the best! With yellow duct-tape stripes, elastic bumble bee wings, and antennae attached to a headband, you can pull off the “bee” elements and look chic and comfortable in your pullover hoodie and stripe leggings.

Now that spells FUN, right?


What you’ll need:

  • Primary Pullover hoodie, in black
  • Stripe legging, in black-ivory
  • Yellow duct tape
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun
  • Various blue papers
  • 1” Letter and number stickers 
  • Yellow and black pipe cleaners
  • Yellow pom-poms
  • Headband 
  • 2 bubble envelopes
  • Small rubber band 
  • Pin back



  1. Twist a black and a yellow pipe cleaner together. 
  2. Glue a yellow pom-pom to one end.
  3. Twist the other end around the headband.

Award ribbon

  1. Print template onto the back of your paper. Accordion fold on each line. 
  2. Wrap a small hair or loom rubber band around the center of the folded paper. 
  3. Hot glue the ends of each side of the folded paper together to make a circle.
  4. Adhere a “1” to the center of the circle and glue to the center of the folded circle.
  5. Cut two ribbon tails from blue paper.
  6. Glue ribbon tails to the back and the pin back to the back center.


  1. Adhere yellow duct tape in 2 to 3 stripes around the body and arms of the sweatshirt.
  2. Use white letter stickers to write difficult words around the yellow stripes.


  1. Cut bubble envelope on the two side seams. Repeat with the second envelope.
  2. Trace wing template on each envelope.
  3. Cut out each wing set.
  4. Glue two wings together.
  5. Cut elastic to fit around shoulders and glue loops to the wings.

This post was sponsored by our friends at Primary.com.

October 4, 2019| ad, Early Elementary, Grown-Up, Halloween, Holidays, Older Elementary, Preschool, Toddler, Tween to Teen