DIY Butterfly Catcher Costume

This is the masculine part of a fun couples or family costume: Butterfly Catcher. Click for a detailed tutorial + a frugal supplies list. #craftifymylove #butterflycatchercostume #malehalloweencostume #costumeidea #couplescostume

Today, I am fulfilling a promise I gave you in my recent post about our super cute Butterfly Themed Couples Costume HERE. I am finally sharing the tutorial on how I’ve made Markus’ DIY Butterfly Catcher Costume from thrift store finds.

Quite matching if you think about it, as I am participating in the Thrift Store Challenge, today 😉 Although I am bending the rules a bit as I am upcycling a thrift store find into a costume rather than a piece of home decor.

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How to put together a DIY Butterfly Catcher Costume

We were invited to a dress-up party sorta last-minute last year and I had only a couple of days left to come up with a costume idea for Markus and I.

I chose to wear a costume I already had and enjoy wearing. Read how I’ve made my darling DIY Butterfly Costume HERE. And did you know I even have an alternate set of sparkly wings?

Markus wasn’t in the mood to be a butterfly, too, but wanted to be wearing a matching costume nonetheless. It didn’t take us long to come up with the idea for a Butterfly Themed Couples Costume.

It has a lot of potential to be a family costume. See for yourself HERE.



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Supplies & Directions to DIY the Safari Shirt

  • Thrifted dress shirt + cargo pants to DIY a safari shirt (but you could also use an outdoor vest like this one)
  • Iron on hem tape (I grabbed mine at IKEA but you can find it on Amazon, too)
  • Fabric scissors (you probably know I like to buy my supplies & tools in a set to save money – and they’re purple ?)
  • Crocheted butterflies (these decor butterflies would look nice, too)
  • Embroidery floss (those colors are simply adorable!)
  • Tapestry needles

So, of to the thrift store I went and found these awesome two pieces of clothes. I think, together they cost under $5. I know that I was blessed on this day at the charity shop!

Little time, little budget and a whole lot of luck!

thrifted shirt and trousers for diy butterfly catcher costume

I used the pockets and belt loops of those thrifted cargo pants to upcycle the simple dress-shirt into a safari shirt.

using the pockets from a thrifted cargo short to diy male part of couples butterfly halloween costume

As this safari costume won’t be worn day in day out I decided to make this project as simple as possible. I cut out the pockets and belt loops and used an iron on hem tape to add them to the shirt. The spray adhesive I’ve had at home was only temporary and wouldn’t give enough hold.

I left the cutting edges raw as I figured a little fringe would add to the look.

adding cargo pants pockets to upcycled costume shirt for butterfly catcher halloween costume

As I am a lover of bright and fun colors I found my stash of embroidery floss and added a border running stitches around each element. Next to the pockets I upcycled the belt loops, too. I added them to the shoulders of the shirt.

If you don’t know how to do the running stitch you can read up on it over at The Spruce Crafts. It is super easy to do!

hand stitched colourful contrast embroidery to butterfly hunter costume including crocheted butterflies

I knew I had several crocheted butterflies somewhere and luckily found them pretty quickly in my Craft Room. Probably because I finally brought some order into my mess of craft supplies.

Using a couple of stitches I added them to Markus’s shoulder patches and onto one breast pocket.

How to crochet a butterfly

I hope I get round to film a little tutorial on how to crochet these cute butterflies for you soon. Make sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel HERE so you don’t miss it.

In the meanwhile you can either learn how to crochet a 3-minute-butterfly over at or use decorative butterflies if you don’t want to DIY them.

pockets and belt loops from thrifted cargo pants and crocheted butterflies attached to butterfly catcher costume shirt

Now, as I see my Markus standing all dressed-up in our home, maybe I did create a piece of decor after all?! He looks quite the handsome and suave hunter, don’t you think?

Last-Minute Costume Accessories

To round this costume off, we’ve ordered both a pith hat helmet and an insect or fishing net via Amazon Prime and it arrived the next day aka the day of the party. Yay!

If I hadn’t been so lucky at the thrift store, I would have simply bought this outdoor vest, too. Sure, it would have cost more than the thrifted clothes, but I would have saved a lot of my crafting time.

I have to say that my Prime membership saved my little crafters behind not once, but several times so far. It’s totally worth it!

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DIY Butterfly Catcher Halloween Costume. This idea works great as the male part of a couples costume with the woman being a butterfly. Click for tutorials for both costume ideas!!! #craftifymylove #halloweencostume #butterflycatcher #butterflycostume #costumeinspiration #diycostume #frugalcostume

And off we went to the Faschingsball (a German festivity in February or March where we get to dress up and be goofy) with a bunch of friends all dressed up like butterflies.

Related: Butterfly themed couples costume + ideas on how to make it a FAMILY costume

awesome couples costume idea you can easily make yourself. Butterfly catcher and butterfly

We even made the second place (or was it third?) in the best costume contest. Funny thing that, as the motto of this party was DISCO. As you might have guessed, we were kinda badly prepared for that party as we didn’t know about the motto and the contest, lol.

We’ve won a 30 Euro gift card from a local yarn shop (yes!) and my lovely friends gave it to me (double yes!!) as they know of my craft & DIY passion. I got the loveliest dark rose yarn to crochet a baby blanket for the christening of Markus’ niece Romy. Yet again another tutorial I have to make time to tell you all about!

Happy dress-up!


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Comments (6)

  1. What an adorable couples costume! The crocheted butterflies are my favorite, it’s the perfect touch.

    1. Thank you, Jenny. I love those crocheted butterflies, too. I really should sit down and film a little tutorial on how to make them so everyone can have those cuties flying around in their home.

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