The novel coronavirus has inspired many seamstresses, craftswomen and even costume designers this summer. Rising Oconee County Middle School seventh grader Emmie Herndon is one of those creative hobbyists who just finished creating a fur bumblebee costume. 

“I had always wanted to make one when I was younger in the fifth grade,” Herndon said, explaining that she was recently inspired after seeing a bee costume on Pinterest.

She acquired the head from Target and spent hours painting and putting the mesh eyes in. She finished the ears before asking for more help. Herndon’s friend, Isabel Bancroft, assisted with the fur part of the costume.

The head itself took two months. 

“We had to start by doing the foam at the top of the mouth and making the mask actually wearable, because it was a cheap mask when we bought it,” Herndon said. 

Now, Herndon’s hoping she can display her project at sci-fi and comic conventions, such as Atlanta’s Dragon Con. 

“I’m glad it turned out really well and really cute,” Herndon said. “My main thought was that I wanted to make one costume and just be proud of something I made.”


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