We’re so excited to finally share this DIY! We made these costumes for Halloween last year (before our blog was even born). After much deliberation on finding a costume that would be both creative and original, we came up with the idea to be exotic birds. Our group decided to be a swan, a blue macaw, a flamingo, and a phoenix (worn above by our friend Liz). For the costumes, we DIYed masks and wings and just wore clothes that matched the colors of our birds. We went to Michaels, Jo-Ann Fabric, and the Dollar Store to gather our supplies. If you use these sources, along with existing clothes, you can definitely make this costume on a budget.
We started by looking up pictures of our birds. After getting familiar with your bird, draw a simplified version of it’s face onto the mask with a pencil. Try focusing on the distinctive features, like stripes or colors. Then apply the Mod Podge with a paintbrush onto the masks where you want a single color of glitter. Pour the glitter on the Mod Podged area, tap the mask against the table to remove excess glitter, allow to dry fully, and repeat for each area of color. You can always touch up with a fine paintbrush and glitter or your fingers afterwards.
After the mask is covered in glitter and dry, it is time to add the feathers. We found our “feathers” at Michaels and Jo-Ann Fabric (we bought them as they appear in the photos, these are not made out of loose feathers). Use a hot glue gun to attach them to the masks. The black swan feathers are attached to the inside of the mask while the blue macaw feathers are attached to the front. Finally, cut elastic to the size of your head and tie it to the small holes on the edge of the masks to make them wearable.
-hot glue gun
We picked up wings and boas from the Dollar Store. We highly recommend buying these things here – boas and wings can be super overpriced from your average party or costume store. Wrap a boa around each of the 4 sections of the wings. One person can hold the boa in place, while another person uses a glue gun to adhere it to the wings. After we had the majority of the boa attached we would selectively glue spots with extra feathers to cover what was bare.
These costumes were surprisingly easy to make and we were very happy with the outcome. Here are some pictures from our night!