Friday, October 21, 2011

DIY Angry Bird Costume - So Easy Even I Could Do It

WELCOME - Are you here because that "Buy an Angry Birds Costume Guy" called this a "last resort"? COOL!

It's the moment you've all been waiting for!!!

I'm fully aware you all have NOT been waiting for this moment. Just humor me. 

I said that I'd be making his costume over "the weekend." So now it's Friday...yes, it took a little longer because of numerous distractions, but now Ryan's Angry Birds costume is complete! 

Why, you might ask, did you not just buy it considering you are super-busy you dumbass? Every Angry Birds Costume I found online was very expensive and was big and puffy and made you stick your face through. Lame. Completely weird for an 8-year-old and too hot for Florida Halloweens. The other DIY Angry Birds costumes required a sewing machine. Ummmm...

What you'll need:

  • 2 pieces of red foam core board (or white and you can paint it red -  it's cheaper)
  • 4 sheets of craft foam (2 white, 1 black, 1 yellow)
  • Red ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Marker
  • Pencil
  • Exacto knife
  • Glue Gun

Step 1 - Hit the computer for a picture of your angry bird. Snag the eyes, beak, etc. and blow them up on the computer and print out to make tracers. They'll be grainy, but that doesn't matter. Cut them out. 

Step 2 - Using a pencil, draw your Angry Bird body onto paper that you'll then trace onto the BACK of the foam core board. Make sure you do it backwards because you want the tail to be on your kid's right-hand side. This took A LOT of trial and error because the Red Angry Bird is not a perfect circle so there was nothing we could just trace. Shoulda done yellow. Ours still isn't perfect, but it totally works. Don't forget the feathers that stick up on the top of his head. I made a separate piece with the red foam core for simplicity. I'll glue it later. (If you feel like it, you could probably have a huge Angry Bird blown up at Kinkos and you can trace that)

Step 3 - Cut out bird body using a sharp exacto knife. This is a mess. Foam core is hard to cut. Do your best.  Your edges won't be perfect. I might use some red paint to fix it...later...if I have time. 

Step 4 - Trace the body onto the other piece of foam core to make the back of the costume. Make sure you trace on the opposite side of the board so the tails match up on the correct side of the kid. 

Step 5 - Trace the eyes (white), eyebrows (black), tail (black), eyeballs (black) and beak (yellow) using the tracers you printed from the computer. Cut them out with scissors. Like the actual angry bird, I used a black marker to carefully outline some of the face parts black. (you could probably also just paint these on, but I'd screw that up)

Step 6 - Make the off-white bird belly. Ever notice that the Red Angry Bird has a off-white belly? Me neither until now. Eyeball the correct shape on to the second piece of white craft foam. Again, not a perfect circle so there was nothing to trace. I used some of my own powder foundation and brushed it on with a cosmetics brush to give the white an off-white tint. Yes, I'm a crafting genius. And I'm out of foundation. 

Step 7 - Use a hot glue gun to glue the face pieces, belly and head feathers into place. 

Step 8 - Measure two pieces of red ribbon to go over your kids' shoulders that will hold the front and back in place (like an old-fashioned sandwich board). Make sure you have enough room to slip it on over his head, but not so much that it falls off his shoulders. Glue them to both sides. (I'll probably still try to figure out a way to keep it together on the sides too so it doesn't slip down and the pieces stay lined up.)

Viola! A DIY Angry Birds Costume suitable for a big kid. 

Now go pin all of my costume-making genius to Pinterest! 


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  1. Nice job!!! Glad to see someone was productive while I was bed-ridden... :)

  2. you're a GENIUS!! love it - and WAY nice job on the face and everything!! way to go Ali :)

  3. Wow. I LOVE it. You're so crafty Ali. I'm in awe.

  4. Sweet ass costume without sewing!? Double fricken fabulous! Love it.

  5. This is awesome!
    You're so creative! I love his creativity with what he dresses up as!

  6. Are you going to throw him at houses while trick or treating?

  7. I'm very impressed. You really are quite crafty.

  8. Seriously awesome! I'm in awe of your mad costume making skilz.

  9. I just want to say as a makeup junkie - that was very nice of you to use all that powder foundation on his are a good mom:)

  10. Coolest mom ever! I cannot decide if I want to show this to my little guy. If I do I am certain I will be following the tutorial!

  11. Wow you did a great job! Good job momma!

  12. You are very crafty! I don't think I could have done this, even if it is no-sew!!

  13. Seriously, you are an artiste! Good job, Ali!

  14. Looks beautiful, Angry birds costumes are the best. Thank you very much for sharing.