Ostrich Rider Optical Illusion Costume

This ostrich rider optical illusion costume was very challenging to make. Overall, though, it was worth it. I wore the costume at work and everyone loved it! It received some good laughs. Some people had trouble trying to figure out the optical illusion. :)

Starting with the ostrich body, I made it with pipe insulation covers, layered them until I got good strong base. I put two of them together to make the neck, covered the neck in a pleather type material and glued and/or taped it all together. I made 2 – 3″ elastic straps to hold it up on the inside, it is a little heavy.

I covered the body with black material and added a different color for the wings and the neck. I attached the neck to the body.
The head and beak are carved from Styrofoam, I used one round piece for the head and a cone shaped piece cut in half to make the beak. I then coated and painted the head gray and the beak orange. The eyes are made from clear flat glass pieces that I painted to look like eyes. I added fake eyelashes for a more feminine look.

I made the feet out of shoes with attached foam pieces, and then covered them with a pleather type material. The legs are out of the same material used for the feet and the neck. I measured my legs and made leg wraps with the material. I used elastic bands to hold them on my legs.

I used an old pair of pants and shoes, stuffed the pants with old clothes, material, etc. and glued them on top of the ostrich body. I glued an old pair of shoes to the pants.

I love making costumes and this was one of my favorites. I loved the reaction the costume received. It makes it all worth it!

Ostrich Rider Optical Illusion Costume

Ostrich Rider Optical Illusion Costume

Ostrich Rider Optical Illusion Costume

Ostrich Rider Optical Illusion Costume

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