My son loves the book ‘My Mother is so Smart’ by Tomie dePaola. In the book the boy says, “My mother is so smart she turned me into a bird for Halloween.” When we asked Henry what he wanted to be for Halloween he said he wanted me to turn him into a bird for Halloween, just like the boy in the book. He said he wanted to be a red bird though. And so began the DIY Cardinal bird kids Halloween costume.
We started by looking for a bird head. We found the foam cardinal head at a rummage sale for a decent price and went from there. I took an XL fleece and sewed a crotch and leg holes into it and then put elastic around the leg holes. Next I added the black fleece for the bird tummy.
I sewed wing shapes of fleece to the sleeves and sides of the fleece and then began sewing the feathers on one at a time. I did a row of feathers and then a row of boa (which I purchased at the dollar store). We bought black tights for the legs and I made black shoe covers for his feet. He was very excited to be a red bird and loved flapping his wings from house to house for treats :)