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How to make a crow costume

Updated November 21, 2016

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 brightly coloured beak. There are many variations you can attempt for your crow costume. For example, you can make your crow more lifelike or you can make a crow costume reminiscent of classic cartoons.

Wrap 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. Also, add feathers to black mittens to look like the tips of the crow's wings.

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 two pieces of cardboard in a long, triangular shape to resemble a beak. Paint the cardboard pieces yellow or orange. Glue the pieces together along the edge and allow the glue to dry.

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.

Things You'll Need

  • Black sweatshirt
  • Black trousers
  • Black feathers or boa
  • Hot glue gun
  • Black hat
  • Scissors
  • Cardboard
  • Elastic thread
  • Black mittens
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About the Author

Liza Hollis has been writing for print and online publications since 2003. Her work has appeared on various digital properties, including USAToday.com. Hollis earned a degree in English Literature from the University of Florida.