This year, I had fully intended to buy Pottery Barn Kid’s white swan costume as Harper’s Halloween costume. I just loved it, though it did have a steep price tag (it’s on sale now though!)
Weeks went by and I realized I had pink tulle leftover from Harper’s first birthday party…then we went to the zoo, I saw the beautiful flamingos there and put two and two together. So, if you need a costume for your little one this Halloween… this tutorial is for you!
When I sat down to make this costume, I put all of the materials I had purchased at Michael’s in front of me, opened up my laptop and checked out some of the flamingo costumes (store bought and DIY) that were already online.
I had decided the day before that instead of tulle, the costume really needed feathers, so I purchased three pink boas at the craft store and they’re really what make the costume, so it’s a good thing I went with those instead of tulle.
My original plan was to make some kind of headpiece that looked like a flamingo head, but I soon realized that was a) really complicated and may require more tools and materials than I had b) Harper would rip it off of her head anyway. So I was back at square one, just trying to come up with something as my crafting materials laid before me on our kitchen island.
I decided to do my own version of this tutorial. It allowed me to have all of the fluffy feathers, without a headpiece and still have that flamingo look. Win!
In terms of execution, I totally winged it. I got out my glue gun and scissors, and hoped for the best. I took me two tries to get the right beak shape, but I was very happy with the finished product.
Here’s what you will need:
- Existing pink dress- this is an inexpensive one from H&M in a 12 month size
- Three feather boas (or more, depending on the age and size of your child)
- Light pink and black felt
- Glue gun
- Fabric scissors
- A couple of cotton balls
Next, I used a roll of packaging tape to trace a circle onto my light pink felt to make the head of the flamingo. I free handed the flamingo’s beak, eyes and other parts of the flamingo’s face and adjusted as needed.
After I had it all set up, I took a cotton ball and spread it out on the round head of the felt that made the flamingo’s head. I guess it gave it some extra dimension/cushion. Then I used hot glue to put it all together.
Here is the dress completed, front and back:
I hot glued the flamingo head to an extra piece of pink tulle, which served as its long neck.
I didn’t want Harper’s head to be completely bare with such a fun costume, so I decided to make her a hair bow with some feather flair. I literally googled “how to make a felt hair bow” and I free handed the cutting I did based on the templates I saw in the tutorial I used.
Once the initial hair bow was made, I added pink feathers, also with hot glue:
Lastly, I made these flamingo feet and I affixed some elastic to them so they could go over Harper’s shoes. Unfortunately, she wouldn’t wear them…but they’re a cute touch!
So, how did it turn out? I have to say it has been my favorite DIY to-date! Just look at this sweet little flamingo! I will have to figure out how much to adjust the length of the neck part so the flamingo head is positioned better, but I still have until Friday 🙂