I decided I wanted to be an Owl for Halloween. I was not looking to purchase a costume, but rather create my own Homemade Owl Costume. After looking through many websites of other people's home made owl costumes I began to create my own.
What I needed: a variety of brown fabrics, scissors, hot glue gun or fabric glue Long sleeve t-shirt (to glue the 'feathers' to).
I went to the local fabric store, and purchased between 1/2 - 1 yard of different brown remnant fabrics. I was not going to purchase fabric full price, and the remnants gave me a wide variety. I made a few model 'feathers' using cardboard and cut out many of these 'fabric feathers'. I began gluing them from bottom of the shirt up, the feathers resembled roofing shingles in that the top layer feathers covered the attachment of the layer beneath to the shirt. The longest part in the process was the cutting of the feathers.
The Halloween party I went to was outside, therefor this outfit was not meant to be 'sexy' but rather warm, which it was with the numerous layers on my chest and arms.
The last part of my costume was my makeup. This was the easiest, and by far the most fun. I had taken a theater makeup course in college, which helped with the actual makeup for this costume, but the method was actually copied from a few different videos I had found on the internet. I think most people got a kick out of the makeup of my costume because I had painted eyes on the lids of my own eyes ( using liquid eyeliner).
My five year old wanted to be an owl but I can’t sew. I managed to get this ensemble together with about $20 worth of felt, foam board, ribbon, craft feathers, and a cheap pair of plastic novelty glasses (with the plastic lenses popped out).
Other items used to construct the owl costume: x-acto knife, scissors, glue stick, tape, safety pins. The base of the costume consists of stuff we already had: orange Crocs, brown socks, brown fleece pants, long sleeved brown t-shirt, and a short-sleeved brown t-shirt.
1. I layered three different colors (dark brown, light brown, oatmeal) of felt, cut them into a zig-zag shape and attached them to the short-sleeved t-shirt with safety pins.
2. I attached some craft feathers to some felt, using a glue stick, and pinned it to the top of the t-shirt.
3. Mask: brown, beige, white, and black craft foam sheets cut to a pattern that I drew. Used the x-acto knife to cut holes in the foam. Used tape to attach the mask to the plastic glasses frame. Taped two feathers to the top of the mask. Glued the orange beak (craft foam) onto the front of the mask.
4. Wings: cut out of dark brown foam sheets. Two brown ribbons are attached to the underside of the wings with safety pins.
For my best friends' birthday we did a zoo theme! So I went with the Homemade Woman Owl Costume.
Supplies: *old t-shirts *scissors *simple dress (I bought a thin swimsuit cover up dress) *fabric glue
I went to a thrift store and bought cheap tshirts of any color. I then made a stencil out of cardboard so that all my feathers were the same side. Cutting out takes a while but well worth it. I then attached all my fabric feathers with fabric glue.I made sure they layered on top of each other. The dress was a bit heavy and layering was time consuming so I would recommend making larger feather cut outs.
Makeup & hair: My makeup was done by a talented friend. It is a mix of face paint crayons and eye makeup. The hair band was bought at hobby lobby in the hat section and my hair was waved and teased.