How to Make a Light-Up Costume

  • 01 of 04

    Materials

    Light Up Star on a Light Up Christmas Tree Costume
    Light Up Star on a Light Up Christmas Tree Costume. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    A Halloween costume needs to be safe as well as fun. Lighting up angel wings, butterfly wings, Christmas Tree costumes and other costumes for a dark night of trick or treating not only makes it a novel costume, it keeps the costume very visible.
    On all steps NEVER pierce the light wires with a sewing needle!

    Materials:

    • Costume made from fleece or non fraying fabric OR a sewing machine that has an eyelet stitch.
    • A set (or more depending on the size of the costume) of Battery Powered LED Christmas...MORE Lights - and batteries. Test the string before you begin! (See Note below)
    • Hand sewing needle and thread
    • Eyelet cutting tool
    • Sticky back hook and loop tape.
    • Possibly- paint to color the wires depending upon the costume.
    Note: Luckily most bargain stores start putting out Christmas items before Halloween so the battery powered lights can be found locally. They can also be found online by searching for "battery powered LED Christmas lights".
    Christmas Tree Costume Directions
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  • 02 of 04

    Placement of the Lights

    Setting Up a Light Up Costume
    Setting Up a Light Up Costume. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
    • Turn the costume inside out and lay out the lights to decide where the lights will land on the costume. Using safety pins to "baste the wires is helpful.
    • Mark where the lights land.
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  • 03 of 04

    Holes for the Lights

    Eyelet Tool Making Holes for Costume Lights
    Eyelet Tool Making Holes for Costume Lights. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
    Make holes for the lights
    • On a non fraying fabric cut holes at the marks with an eyelet tool.
    • On fraying fabric, sew eyelets at the light markings and then cut out the center of the eyelet.
    • Another possibility for making holes for the lights is to carefully melt holes with the tip of a hot glue gun if the fabric melts easily.
    • Create holes for all of the light marks.
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  • 04 of 04

    Sewing the Wires to the Costume & attaching Battery Pack

    Sewing the Wires to the Costume
    Sewing the Wires to the Costume. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
    • Using a hand sewing needle and thread, whip stitch the wires to the costume. Large basting stitches are fine. Your goal is to hold the wires in place enough to survive getting the costume on and off and a night of fun. Keep the stitches tiny in the fabric if they will show through on the right side of the fabric.
    • Tack the wires to the fabric on both sides of the lights to keep it held in the hole.
    Attach the Battery Pack
    • Apply sticky backed hook and loop tape to the back of the battery pack and to...MORE an inconspicuous but accessible place on the inside of the costume.
    • Insert batteries and enjoy the night!