Flap your way into the Makedo menagerie with these beautiful Bird Wings and Parrot Hat, as designed by artist Lottie Smith from the UK.

It looks intricate but the construction is really simple. Join us as Lottie talks through how to make a pair of Wearable Bird Wings and a matching Parrot hat complete with a big, bold beak and feathered dome.

This project can be adapted for both little kids and big kids to enjoy.

We created our Parrot Costume from a variety of recycled cardboard and Makedo parts available at mymakedo.com.

Step 1: Gather your materials

WIll your bird wings be bright and colourful, like the ones Lottie made? With all of the boxes and packaging we use in our lives, there are so many colours and patterns to choose from to use for making feathers. You could make a rainbow-hued Macaw from South America, or a majestic Australian Cockatoo, or perhaps a haughty Hornbill from the mountains of Borneo! Choose your materials carefully if you have a specific bird in mind, otherwise enjoy the variety of a random selection.

You will also need a pencil, measuring tape, scissors, craft knife, large dinner plate, a big corrugated cardboard box along with your large collection of colourful household packaging. 
<p>The children of the Werfklas (Culemborg, the Netherlands) have made your great Parrot Costume for a schoolplay called Ni&ntilde;os. They made it themselves and had a very good time making it. They've used a part of an old backpack (for the arm straps) for a comfortable fit. (Pictures: Dirk Jan Buizer) Thank you for sharing your design Lottie Smith!</p>
<p>This is the best! Love the colours :D</p><p>Thanks for sharing the images and what a great idea using an old backpack for better straps!<br></p>
I am in love with this! I also really like that the boxes were not painted, I think it makes it all the cooler that you used the packaging to your advantage! Well done!
Thanks very much!
Love This!!! <br>I really love that you used the box printing to get the bright parrot coloring rather than painting. <br>NICE JOB!
Thank you! Yes we like to try to feature the attributes already present in the materials we are using. We try to use things to it's advantage rather than modifying it :)
What a simple, colorful costume--thanks!
You're welcome!
wow <br>

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