How to make a bird costume

Updated February 21, 2017

Whether for playing dress-up, a school play or a different Halloween outfit, a bird costume is a fun and easy outfit to put together. Best of all, this costume can be assembled by kids of almost any age with just a little effort and help from parents.

Cut the yard of yellow felt into an oval shape by rounding the edges using the scissors. Then cut a circle in the centre of one end that is large enough to be slipped over the head while wearing a sweatshirt with the hood pulled up. This will become a feathered cape that resembles bird wings and a tail when worn.

Glue the feathers, quill side against the fabric, around the edge of the cape, with the shaft and plumes sticking outward.

Glue the googly eyes side-by-side on the hood of the sweatshirt so that they sit just behind the opening for the face.

Spread craft glue on the inside edge of the brim of the foam visor and adhere it around the top of the sweatshirt's hood opening. This will be the bird's beak. Allow glue to dry fully before assembling the rest of the costume.

Put costume on by first donning the tights. Over the tights, pull on the pair of yellow sweatpants. Pull the bottoms of the sweatpants up to just under the knees. Then pull on the sweatshirt and position the hood so that the visor sits across the forehead and the eyes are on top. Then slip the cape on over the sweatshirt hood to complete the costume.


Birds range in appearance from yellow songbirds like canaries to flightless birds like peacocks and penguins. Despite this variety of appearance, all birds have beaks and wings. When you include them in a costume, these features make birds identifiable. Birds of other colours can be created using the same steps. Simply change the colours of the materials you use to create a bird of a different colour.


When children work with scissors or craft glue, it is best they do so under adult supervision.

Things You'll Need

  • Yellow tights
  • Yellow sweatpants
  • Yellow hooded sweatshirt
  • 1 yard yellow felt
  • 1 package craft feathers in assorted colours
  • Googly eyes
  • 1 yellow foam visor
  • Fabric glue
  • Scissors
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Tracy Morris has been a freelance writer since 2000. She has published novels and numerous online articles. Her work has appeared in national magazines and newspapers including "Ferrets," "CatFancy," "Lexington Herald Leader" and "The Tulsa World." She holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of Arkansas.