With a couple of hours and a couple of dollars, I made a cute $5 DIY Owl Costume for one of my 6-year-old daughters. Even better, this is no-sew!
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Halloween doesn't have to be expensive. Just like last year, time and creativity trump money when it comes to costumes.
If you think you're not creative, you can just copy ideas off the internet like I do. Start by finding some inspiration. I went to Pinterest for ideas, but most of the DIY owl costumes I found required sewing.
If your child would prefer another bird, just use different colors that are more vibrant.
How to make a DIY Owl Costume
Start with an old piece of clothing
If I'd had an old shirt of her brother's, I would have used that, but I bought a grey t-shirt at a thrift store for $1 instead.
I don't sew, so using a shirt meant I didn't have to construct anything. You can use a long-sleeved tee or sweatshirt as the basis for many costumes.
Cut felt into shapes
I cut a piece of cardboard into a U shape (for feathers) and cut a bunch out of felt. I had some felt already, and I bought a bunch of the .23 sheets at Walmart in owl-y colors.
This technique would work with many kinds of animals; just adapt the shape to whatever animal you're making–feathers, fur, stripes, etc.
Glue felt with hot glue
I don't sew, but I can glue. I glued the feathers in lines–on both the back and front of the shirt. Then I went back over the collar to make it more round.
I couldn't believe how heavy the shirt was when I was done–at least she'll be nice and warm on Halloween night!
My daughter wore dark grey leggings (that we already had) for the bottom of the costume. Any dark pants or leggings will do.
Mask or hat?
My inspiration costumes used masks, but I didn't want my daughter to have trouble seeing when we're out trick-or-treating.
I cut a little beak out of orange felt, too. The hat colors dictated the feather colors for the costume.
My daughter absolutely loves this DIY Owl Costume! She wore it to a Halloween party last weekend, and only one feather came loose, so I just glued it back on.
A couple of hours + a couple of dollars = happy mom and happy child. Yippee!
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