My costume is BirdGirl - a character from Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law. I decided on this homemade Birdgirl costume because I love the Harvey Birdman series and she is one of my favourite characters from the show. This was my first homemade costume that I’ve made, most of the pieces from scratch and I’m really happy with how it turned out.
The costume was fairly easy to make though time consuming finding all of the materials for it, mainly the right style of clothing (which I had to tweak a bit) and the mask. The wings are just made from cardboard, duct tape and silver spray-paint and I attached them by slotting them through a hole in the back of my jacket and keeping them sturdy by sewing it in place and of course duct tape.
I made the belt and the ankle pieces again with cardboard wrapped in red duct tape. The mask/helmet was by far the most difficult I tried using a store bought mask but none were the right shape and the helmet would not attach. Eventually I just made the mask out of thin plastic and for the helmet I cut a good size, sturdy rubber ball in half (which was surprisingly the right color) and attached it to the mask using proxy glue. I’m really happy with the end result and I hope you enjoy it too!
My daughter Emily loves all birds,and asked me to make her a bird costume. I searched home-made bird costumes, and found this site.
At first I was overwhelmed at the costumes of all the birds, since they looked so hard to make. I thought about it, and came up with my own idea.
I went to Michael's craft store and got a Hanes long sleeved shirt, multi-colored felt squares, pink and white feather boas, and I found a pink feather clip for her hair at Michael's also.
I started off by sewing one pink square to the bottom of the sleeve and to the side of the shirt. I then cut out feather shapes out of all the colored felt. I hot glued them on the pink felt squares and also on the front of the shirt. I sewed the feather boa's on the neck, cuffs, and back of the shirt, to make a tail.
I took an old pair of stretch pants that she grew out of, and also sewed the feather boa's on the bottoms of the legs. It took me one night to do, and I was so proud of myself for how it came out.
Emily loved it, and so did everyone who saw her. A big thank you to this wonderful site, for giving people the inspiration to make something they thought they never could make.
This Homemade Bird Costume took about 8 months to make. I started with a plain white bustier, a tablecloth, and a huge white sweatshirt. The table cloth served as a base for my wings, which I then covered with felt and sweatshirt "feather" cut outs (most of these were either sequined or dipped in glitter.) I got a few packs of turkey feathers and glued them to completely cover the bustier. I then purchased and cut up a few feather boas to serve as my neck ruff and cover my bum a bit more.
I made my headdress out of tin foil and paper mache. First I covered a manikin head in plastic wrap (to prevent sticking) and applied a thin layer of paper mache. I wrapped tin foil around a pencil and flattened out the bottom to serve as feather holders. I spaced these evenly along the center of the head and secured them with more paper mache. After the headdress was dry, I removed it from the manikin head and cut it to fit me. I painted it, glittered it and hot glued ostrich feathers into the foil holders. I glued several hair combs and wig clips to the inside of the headdress to secure it to my hair.
This costume includes only three unchanged store bought items; the ruffle panties, tights and go-go boots.
by Michelle from Gnomeclothes
(West Lafayette, IN)
Homemade Bird Costume
I made this homemade bird costume for my daughter when she was 2 years old. I started with a pair of yellow sweat pants and a yellow zip jacket. I cut out a white oval for the belly to add some contrast and make it look more “costumey”. I found a yellow and white boa at the craft store and sewed pieces of it around the legs, arms and around the hood of the jacket.
I used two white puff balls for the eyeballs and glued on wiggly eyes. I cut out an orange piece of foam board and sewed that on the front of the hood for the beak. I also made orange shoe covers for the feet. For this I cut it out the shape and size of her shoes with a hole in the back for her foot to fit through. I sewed a piece of elastic to both of the sides so that it would contour over her shoes and stay on her feet.
Meet our precious golden finch! He is the sweetest little bird you'll every meet, snuggled up in his nest with his snuggley little worm.
We started out this Homemade Baby Bird Costume with a yellow hooded sweat shirt, sewed on a beak and black accents and made some fabric wings and attached at shoulders. We also made a simple front fabric piece which we attached behind the wings with Velcro. To add the look of feathers to the wings and front piece I simply added a small amount of batting between the fabric layers and simply sewed several wavy rows.
Then we dyed some orange tights and added some little fabric talons. Also added a wicker wreath for the nest and made a soft stuffed work to snuggle. Super easy to make, had only about 1 hour in making but looks awesome!! He was a traffic stopper tricker-treating, had many people stop and ask to get his picture, sooo sweet!!
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