My oldest daughter (3) wanted to be a pirate for Halloween, so I dressed my younger child (7 months) up as her parrot. Gleaning ideas from the other parrot costumes on this site, I went to work.
I began by scouting online auctions for red bunting. I wanted the arms to have optional hand-covers (in case of extra-cold weather) and a hood was required. I found the perfect candidate and won the auction (for only $3 and change!)
From there I purchased sheets of felt in red, yellow, green and blue at my local craft store. I cut two of each layer so that I'd have mirror copies for each side, but mostly free-handed the wings and tail feathers. I assembled the wings by using patch glue and then sewed them into the seam of the bunting. I did something similar for the tail.
For the eyes I used white felt, cut two together and used patch glue to adhere them to the hood. I topped them off with large googly eyes purchased at the craft store. Then I free-hand drew the beak on yellow felt, cut it out and sewed the pieces together. Once sewn, I turned them right-side out, stuffed it with batting and attached it to the hood.
My girlfriends and I love to theme our costumes together every year. This year we thought of doing Jungle Animals. Right away I thought of a Parrot. Well, turns out, they all backed out on me. I still ran with the Homemade Parrot Costume idea.
I got a red petticoat and sewed 4 layers of red feather trim to the skirt. I got a red corset and glued feathers to the top of it. I found this thick foam paper and cut it into the shape of the winks and tail of a parrot. Then I glued red, blue and yellow feathers to that with fabric glue.
I got red fishnet stockings and added red feathers sporadically around my legs. I bought a red wig and made a headband with feathers sticking out on top. Of course I had to do my makeup to look like a bird!
Now the best part of all. For picture taking, I thought of one of those dome shaped monkey bar things from the playgrounds to act as my "bird cage". Then I had someone make me a swing to perch myself on inside the cage!
I had so much fun with this Homemade Parrot Costume!
This Homemade Parrot Costume was such a fun time. A fun time to make and a fun time to wear. My most favorite part was the rubber gloves on the feet! I had some basic flats on then just slid yellow rubber gloves over them. I was able to walk around all night without foot pain and the rubber gloves held up. I bought a basic white, silk corset and tried to dye it red…fail of course, but I like the pink. I bought a red tutu from Wal-mart, but it was too fluffy for my taste so I cut a few layers out.
The hardest part was the wings. I got 4 boas and sewed the boas in the color order of parrots feathers to little pieces of red felt. I sewed the boas at the middle and each end just to keep the colors in the correct order. Then I sewed a little ring of elastic to each end of the boas to loop around my pinky fingers. Last step was just lightly sewing the middle of the wings to the corset. A few final touches; feathers for the hair and tail, red tights, and an annoying birdcall perfected!