How to Make a Pigeon Costume

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How to Make a Pigeon Costume
Common carrier pigeon (carrier pigeon, feral pigeon image by Lars Lachmann from

If you enjoy creating homemade costumes in order to save money and apply your creativity in a fun way, creating a homemade pigeon costume will surely create laughs at an adult Halloween party or make a fun child's costume for any kid who's ever wanted to fly. Using many items that may already be in adult or children's wardrobe and a quick trip to the craft store, a homemade pigeon costume can easily be assembled in one to two hours.

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Things you need

  • 2, 8.5-inch-by-11-inch pieces yellow construction paper
  • White tennis shoes
  • 6 safety pins
  • Grey hooded sweatshirt
  • 100 artificial grey feathers
  • 100 artificial white feathers
  • Grey or black gloves
  • Hot glue gun
  • Glue sticks
  • Yellow leggings or tights
  • Grey shorts
  • Orange face paint
  • Large-frame black sunglasses or black costume eye mask

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  1. 1

    Cut the yellow construction paper into six total 2-inch-by-8.5-inch strips. Fold each strip in accordion fashion. Attach three strips of construction paper to the tongue of each tennis shoe with safety pins.

  2. 2

    Glue white and grey feathers to the sweatshirt. Feathers will cover the entire hood and down the top of each sleeve.

  3. 3

    Glue two feathers on each finger of each glove.

  1. 1

    Dress in tights or leggings with grey shorts placed over tights or leggings, then add pre-assembled shoes.

  2. 2

    Dress in pre-assembled sweatshirt. Put up hood and secure with tie around chin.

  3. 3

    Apply orange face paint to nose for appearance of a beak. Put on sunglasses over eyes. Place pre-assembled feathered gloves on last.

Tips and warnings

  • More feathers can be used if desired; the more feathers used will create a longer assembly time.
  • If the costume is for a child, do not allow children to operate the glue gun.

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