How to Make a Crow Costume

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A crow costume is fun for Halloween celebrations and performances.
A crow costume is fun for Halloween celebrations and performances. (Image: the crow image by Felix Chen from Fotolia.com)

If you are a bird-lover, you may have considered making a bird costume for Halloween or some other special event. A crow is an easy bird to replicate in costume because the simplicity of its plumage. To create a crow costume, you really only need a good supply of black feathers and a few easy-to-find articles of clothing. There are many variations you can attempt for your crow costume. For example, you can make your crow more life-like or you can make a crow costume reminiscent of classic cartoons.

Things You'll Need

  • Black sweatshirt
  • Black pants
  • Black feathers or boa
  • Hot glue gun
  • Black hat
  • Scissors
  • Cardboard
  • Black paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Elastic thread
  • Black mittens

Cover a black sweatshirt or long-sleeved shirt in large, black feathers. Start at the bottom of the shirt and work your way up, layering the feathers. Glue them in place as you go along with a bead of hot glue. Instead of individual feathers, you could also use black feather boas.

Add extra long feathers on the underside of each sleeve of the shirt. The longest feathers should start in the underarm and decline in length until you reach the cuff of the shirt. This will help to give the illusion of crow’s wings.

Repeat the process of gluing feathers onto fabric on a pair of black sweatpants.

Glue feathers to black mittens to look like the tips of the crow’s wings by layering them over one another. The tops of the feathers should point toward your fingertips.

Cover a small hat with individual feathers or pieces of a feather boa. A small black baseball cap works well for this costume, as would a black pillbox hat.

Cut out a long, triangular shape from the cardboard and bend it in half to resemble a beak. Paint the cardboard pieces black.

Punch holes in either side of the beak and thread through a piece of elastic ribbon. Secure the beak in place around your head. Cut off the excess elastic thread.

Tips & Warnings

  • Instead of gluing the feathers to the sweatshirt, you could also try stapling or sewing them.
  • Wear some five-finger shoes on your feet and glue black cardboard claws to the ends of each toe so they look like talons.
  • Add some black face paint and a black wig to complete the look.

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