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.