For our brother’s 21st birthday we decided to have an Animal Party Pub Crawl. I couldn’t find an animal costume that I loved enough to buy so I decided to be original and make my own! I found a pattern for a child’s homemade flamingo costume that I thought was really cute – when cutting out my pieces I just added several inches to the pattern.
The homemade flamingo costume is made out of a fleece base which I lined with a jersey fabric. I cut out each piece separately and sewed them all together – the head is a separate piece from the body.
After constructing the entire body came the painstaking task of sewing on the feathers. I used about 12 pink feather boas – the pattern called for 6 boas, but again, this was for a kid and a kid I am not. I started out sewing the boas on but towards the end I ended up doing a half-sew/half-hot glue gun. The beak portion is made out of foam that I sewed together.
In the end it all came together and I was very happy with the outcome.
Everything on this Homemade Flamingo Costume is completely handmade and bought at either Hobby Lobby or Joann's. The body suit is made from pink panne fabric. I found this very good to work with because it’s stretchy so I didn’t have to make the measurements exactly right. The skirt is a variation of a tutu and very simple to make. I bought two different colors of boas, cut them, then hot glued the strips to a piece of elastic. The cuffs on my ankles were also hot glued to a piece of elastic. I had a pair for my wrists too but I’m not sure where they were when the picture was taken. I definitely suggest making a mask to really pull off the flamingo look. The good thing about a mask on a stick is that it can be used for pictures but then out of my face for the rest of the night. I found that it worked best slipped in my skirt like a sword.
Skirt: Tulle (cut into 3-5" width strips) attached to an elastic band using two different shades of pink.
Top: I found a pink romper at Walmart for $3 on clearance and cut off the top to make my tube top. Black belt, black leggings and black shoes I already had on hand.
Wings: I had some black leg warmers on hand that I attached pink wing shaped fabric to and glued pink feathers to the edges of the wings so that when I spread my arms out, it looks like a flamingo with her wings spread.
Mask: (the coolest part of the Flamingo Yard Art costume!!): I purchased a mardi gras mask from a craft store, then made a paper mache beak and painted it black. I glued the beak to the mask and then glued on several pink feathers to complete it.
A friend and I went as yard art (a flamingo and a lawn gnome). It was a real hit!!
I made this homemade flamingo costume for my daughter when she was 3. We have done homemade animal costumes for all of her Halloweens and have been on a bird theme for the past three years (see parrot section for her 4 year old costume.)
I started with a leotard and added 63 feet of feather boa. My mother made the head piece which was like a hood that closed with Velcro under the chin. The beak and eyes are made of craft foam with wiggly craft eyes glued to them. The shoes are made of pink croc-like knock off type shoes with kitchen gloves with the thumbs cut off sewed to them. She wore pink tights.
She loved this homemade flamingo costume and won every costume contest that we entered! This year we hope to make an awesome peacock costume.
I wanted to be a bird, but something semi-sexy and functional so I made this Pink Flamingo Adult Costume. The top and bottom are a pair of tights and running shirt. I took a feather boas, cut into a few sections and glued them to a pair of boxers. I cut some felt into a triangle then a piece for my neck and stitched them, you can safety pin. I glue another boa onto the triangel and pinned it to the shirt. I cut stripes of felt for the arms and legs.