For Halloween a few years ago I made a flamingo costume for myself and a parrot costume for my best friend. With Halloween just around the corner once more, here is a tutorial to get the bird costume inspiration flying!

Step 1: Brainstorming

Choose your bird!
Flamingo, parrot, toucan, imaginary technicolor falcon! The possibilities are as endless as your imagination.

Choose your colors!
The easiest way to do this is to research your bird. Look through photos to help figure out the main colors that you will be using.
After looking at photos of flamingos I decided to use a light pink as my main color plus a darker pink, red, and white for the other feathers. For the parrot costume, I looked at photos of scarlet macaws which helped me to choose colors and see the placement of those colors on the wings.
At this point, you can also read about your bird for added costume enjoyment! Learn about where your bird is from, what it eats, and how it behaves in its' natural environment so that you can truly get into character once you're all dressed up!

Choose your fabric!
The edges of the feathers and wings are left unfinished, so try to pick something that won't fray too much. When looking at fabric, imagine how it will look as a finished wing. You will probably want something that moves, flows, and flaps nicely. Also, try not to choose anything too heavy since you will be sewing many layers of feathers to each wing.
For my costumes I bought inexpensive, lightweight polyester in bright colors with a satin finish.
<p>Great tutorial. Thank you for being detailed and clear. I ended up making four sets of wings for Halloween this year - 2 adult and 2 toddler size. Tons of compliments on the final costumes which came together so easily. I believe it took about 5 yards of fabric to make enough feathers. I ended up cutting all the feathers to a single level rather than the doubled layered feathers to have enough for all the wings. I left the top row as doubled to have them hang over as shown. I used polyester lining fabric as it was the cheapest and lightest for fluttering. If it frays at all, you can seal the edges with a flame, which I did for the toddler wings. I sewed the feathers on to three sets of the wings and hot glued one set. The hot gluing was WAY easier timewise and didn't seem to make a difference in the hanging or fluttering ability of the feathers. I used hair ties pinned to the wings for the wrists and pinned a ribbon to the center to tie around our necks rather than make the loops. Love how they turned out and I know the toddlers will enjoy still wearing them for dress up.</p>
<p>Has anyone tried this with felt? Is it too heavy?</p>
<p>Has anyone tried this with sheer fabrics or lace? I'm trying to figure out the best way to create bird wings for a bird themed contemporary dance solo.</p>
Sparrow wings for my son. Thank you so much for great instructions!
<p>I decided to dress as a parrot to a pirate themed party. Everybody was blown away by these wings.</p>
<p>Here's how mine looks (before attaching the wings to each other!) I ended up hot gluing the feathers on instead of sewing. It turned out awesome!</p>
<p>I am making these wings with a couple of old fabric shower curtains. I plan to use the top edge of one to be the top edge for my wings and there are already holes- so I don't have to add loops!</p>
<p>I am making these wings with a couple of old fabric shower curtains. I plan to use the top edge of one to be the top edge for my wings and there are already holes- so I don't have to add loops!</p>
<p>I just made this costume for my almost 3 year old. Thank you so much for the wonderful, detailed tutorial, and beautiful idea. </p>
I'm thinking of making a hummingbird costume!
Thank you so much for your post. I followed your steps and made fabulous owl wings!
<p>Approx how much material did you use in total? </p>
<p>I used these for part of my owl costume.. I will have to get you the photo</p>
I love these costumes! Thanks for sharing! :)
I love this! I'll wear it 24/7 and not just on Halloween! You should make an etsy and sell them ;)
I love this! I have looked literally for years for a pattern for wings like this!! Thanks! :)
Love these! <br>
Congratulations on being a finalist in the Halloween contest!!! Can&rsquo;t wait to see if you win! Good luck!
I tried it! LOVE IT! THANK YOU!
Is the base fabric a triangle or a quarter circle?
Sorry for the late reply to your question! When making the wing base you want to start with a triangle, but after deciding the measurements you can change the hypotenuse of the triangle to be curved for a better wing shape.
This is a great project! It would be perfect for my daughter. She's only 1 right now and it wouldn't be to bulky and she could just wear a pair of footie pj's to stay warm on halloween. Thanks for the great idea!
I love these costumes... they reminded me of ond of the greatest films ever made? (LOL ? mark intentional) <br> <br>&quot;CONDORMAN&quot; <br> <br>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t1dOS012Ol0&amp;feature=related
Seriously, you two look like you had great time! Which is what good work is all about! <br>
Cool! Sewing is not my strong suit, this should help me get started!
You may change it into sorceress from he-man
Very nice. You could use these and make a bird costume from the Rio movie.
Me like!! Pretty colors... Looks like you two where having fun wearing this. Now fly!! =)
Just beautiful!
YAY! I love this costume! I'd love to see V2 with fiber optics or LEDs!!!!
wicked and beautiful, :)
What a cool costume idea! I'm having a very hard time not switching costumes with all these other wonderful ideas that I have seen on this website.
What a fantastic idea - love the colors. Those are gorgeous wings. :D

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