How to Make an Owl Costume


Soar to new heights at your next costume party with a custom-made owl costume. You can transform yourself into an owl with beautiful plumage with little effort – and a lot of imagination. This easy owl costume can be made from start to finish in just a few hours.

Things You'll Need

  • Black sweatpants
  • Black sweatshirt
  • 2 white feather boas
  • Scissors
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Package of feathers
  • Hot glue
  • Glue gun
  • Black gloves
  • Black felt
  • Black socks
  • 6 large cone beads
  • Plague mask
  • Brown paint
  • Yellow paint
  • Flat-edge paint brush

Owl Shirt

  • Cut the front of a sweatshirt from the center of the bottom to 2 inches beneath the neckband. Fold the shirt in half so that the two cut sides are stacked on top of each other. Cut the fabric so that the edges are no longer straight, but curved. This fly away section will represent the owl’s chest feathers.

  • Measure the length of the rounded cut openings from top to bottom on each side. Record the measurements.

  • Cut the feathered boa into two sections equal to that measurement. Stitch the boa in place along the edges of the opening on each side. Add another layer of boa beside it to create fuller chest feathers.

  • Measure the neckband and cut the feather boa that length. Sew the boa to the neckband starting at the back.

  • Measure the wrist portion of the arm. Cut two pieces of feather boa that length. Sew the boa to both wrist portions of the shirt.

Owl Pants

  • Measure the ankle portion of the sweatpants. If the pants have an elastic band, stretch the band so that it is flat. This will give you an accurate measurement for the feathers.

  • Cut two sections of feather boa to the appropriate measurement.

  • Sew the boa sections to the ankles of the pants. If the pants have an elastic band, stretch the elastic before sewing.

Feathered Gloves

  • Add a dab of hot glue beneath the index finger hole on the back of the glove. Place the end of a feather into the glue. Add another drop of hot glue under the next finger hole, and add another feather. Repeat this beneath every finger hole on the backside of the glove.

  • Add another section of feathers below the first one. Work in straight lines until you reach the wrist section.

  • Hot glue a strip of black felt over the feather ends nearest your wrist.

Bird Feet

  • Cut three small holes in the toe of each sock.

  • Insert a cone bead through each hole from inside the sock.

  • Line the bottom area of the cone beads with hot glue. If necessary, add a dab of hot glue inside the sock to the back of the cone beads.

Feathered Bird Mask

  • Paint the mask brown, add yellow streaks for texture. Let it dry.

  • Add a feather behind the center top portion of the mask. Glue it in place. Work your way out over each eye. Glue as many feathers as you’d like to the plague mask. Allow the glue to dry.

  • Cut strips of felt and glue them over the ends of the feathers. This will cover the rough edges of the feathers.

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