How to Make a Children's Chicken Costume

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How to Make a Children's Chicken Costume
Your child will look amazing as a chicken. (chicken image by Anne Staub from

Children love to dress up in costumes. Whether your child wears a costume for Halloween, a class play, a pageant or simply for fun, dressing up can add excitement to your child's day. If your child loves farm animals or barnyards, she will love creating this humorous chicken costume. Although it looks like a complicated professional costume, it can actually be constructed inexpensively and quickly. The supplies you will need for the costume can be purchased at any craft supply store.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • 2 white long-sleeved ballet leotards
  • Needle
  • White thread
  • 3 bags of polyester batting
  • 2 or 3 white feather boas
  • Safety pins
  • 2 pieces of red felt, 8 by 10 inches
  • White swimming cap
  • Hot glue gun
  • Hot glue sticks
  • 2 yellow kitchen gloves
  • Yellow tights
  • Sneakers

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  1. 1

    Slip one white, long-sleeved leotard inside a second white, long-sleeved leotard. Stitch the legs of the leotards together around the seams with a needle and white thread, leaving the leg holes open. Have your child put on the doubled leotards.

  2. 2

    Push polyester batting in between the layers of leotard to fill in the body of the chicken costume. Have your child slip off the leotards.

  3. 3

    Sew together the necklines of the leotards to contain the polyester batting. Allow your child to put the leotards back on again.

  4. 4

    Wrap two or three white feather boas around the puffy body of the chicken costume.

  5. 5

    Pin the boas to the leotard using safety pins. Continue to wrap and pin the white feather boas until the body of the chicken costume is covered with white feathers.

  6. 6

    Cut out the crest of the chicken's head out of two pieces of heavy red felt, 8 inches in height by 10 inches in width.

  7. 7

    Apply a strip of hot glue to the curved part of one red felt crest. Place the other red felt crest on top of the first, securing the tops together.

  8. 8

    Splay out the felt on the widest edges. Apply a strip of hot glue to the top of a white swimming cap. Attach the two splayed edges of felt to the top of the cap.

  9. 9

    Cut off the ends of two yellow kitchen gloves and slip the gloves over a pair of your child's sneakers.

  10. 10

    Help your child put on a pair of yellow tights and slip on the chicken costume.

  11. 11

    Slide the swimming cap onto your child's head, and help him put on his glove-covered shoes.

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