Cool Homemade Jewel from Rio Costume

We love the movie Rio…

Usually when I make a costume I start out by sketching my idea(s). In the case of this Rio costume I made sketches off of the movie. It took a lot of rewinding to get a good look at what Linda (Blue’s owner) was wearing. The costume had to be reconfigured for a 9 year old.

When that was done, I then broke down each part of the costume, i.e the waist band, the tail, headpiece and arms…the clothing part.

I started with the head because it seemed to be the hardest thing to make. The head piece was made out of paper mache using a punchy balloon, strips of newspaper, flour and glue. Once dried I covered the head piece with white glue and LOTS OF GLITTER ( sorry….I love glitter). I did the contours with different colors of glitter, put on the beak and feathers at the back of head piece. Once dry, I added the eyes. We placed a toy bobby hat inside the head piece and used spray foam to keep it in place….then put on a chin straps.

I made a flap pattern for the belt, cut it out and glued the flaps to a wide belt. I then used blue and silver glitter for the designs. I made a pattern for the gauntlets and cut out the foam forms. I added glitter designs and Velcro.

The wings were a bit easier, because I bought a pair of angel wings and tore them apart for the frame. I re-shaped the wings and covered them with tissue paper. It took 15 large boas, royal blue, to do the wings. Once dry, I attached shoulder braces.

I made the ankle feather straps using elastics and feathers, covered a pair of runners with blue glitter. I glued four gradual colors of blue sequins on a turquoise shirt (with washable glue).

And lastly…I used wire cutters to make the tail out of lite coat hangers. I spaced the wires, shaped and then duct taped them together. I covered the frame with blue tissue paper and then glued feathers on it.

I took me about three weeks to make this costume. Yes, I started late and my dining room looked like a Macaw massacre with glitter (ooo…..glitter) My daughter loved it and it was definitely something no one else had…anywhere!                                                                                                                                                                                                This costume got lots of

Attention. I was asked where I bought it, when I told them that I made it the reaction was always the same…..THAT’S AWESOME!

It was worth the 3 weeks of insanity!

Cool Homemade Jewel from Rio Costume

Cool Homemade Jewel from Rio Costume

Cool Homemade Jewel from Rio Costume

Cool Homemade Jewel from Rio Costume

Cool Homemade Jewel from Rio Costume