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Attempting Aloha: Glamorous Flamingo Halloween Costume - Free Printable

Friday, October 7, 2011

Glamorous Flamingo Halloween Costume - Free Printable

I checked out an old Martha Stewart Halloween DVD from the library a couple weeks ago, and my 2-year-old fell in love with a chicken costume. But (of course), she wanted to be pink! The original costume had a shirt sewn to a onesie and then stuffed with cotton to make it extra fluffy. The poor girl looked a little uncomfortable, and I thought it would probably suffice to just do feathers and skip the stuffing part (and would also allow my child to breathe better)! I'm also extra cheap and didn't want to ruin a shirt. :)  I simplified it by just safety pinning on 2 feather boas to a shirt we had on-hand.

Martha Stewart
The hat was cute, but not really appropriate for our flamingo, and I was worried my kids would get too hot, and masks aren't allowed at their school. So, it took some serious brain-storming as to how I was going to make a face. After browsing around Dollar Tree, I found an ugly parrot visor head thingie (technical term I'm sure), and knew I could make a cute flamingo (aka "pink chicken") using the same concept.  We also skipped the somewhat cheesy feet for practical purposes. While they look cute for a photo shoot, I'm not sure my 2-year-old is agile enough to walk around with rubber gloves on her feet for hours...

Here are my supplies:

I found everything that I needed at the Dollar Tree. I already had hot glue, scissors, safety pins, and a long-sleeved shirt on hand.

Safety pins
2-3 feather boas (depends on how fluffy you want it and how big your child is)
Googley eyes (I got a variety pack with extra large ones)
Glitter foam paper (they have non-glitter as well, and that would save $$ if you have more than one child since there are more than one sheet per color...but mine wanted glitter and pink, so I forked out the big $$ and bought a pack for each child)
Foam visor (these come in a 3-pack)

Fake eyelashes (found in the make-up section...obviously optional but definitely makes her "Glamingo")
Tights (They didn't have pink in the little one's size, so we went ahead with black. My older two girls have pink.)
Skirt (our shirt was extra long for my 2-year-old, so the tights were enough to do the job, but my older girls will be wearing tulle skirts with theirs)

Total cost for Glamingo the Flamingo is about $5-8 for one and less (per costume) for more since you'll only need one pack of googley eyes, glitter foam paper, etc.

STEP 1:  Print your templates and cut them out

STEP 2: Cut out your glitter foam shapes and trim the visor down. The lines in the "face" piece need to be slit to allow the beak to be attached.

STEP 3: Fold the black tip of the beak in half and glue the front edge together. Be sure not to glue all the way around. Leave the back part open like so:

STEP 4: Fold the pink part of the beak in half just to get a crease, and then glue across the straight edge and attach to the black beak tip.

STEP 5: Line up the visor and the face so the centers are aligned. Then glue each of the tabs to the bottom of the visor (I found it easier to do the center two first and then the outter two after those were set).

STEP 6: Stick the three beak tabs into the three slots on the face, put glue on the tabs, and glue them up (you can see the underside of my beak is purple in the second pic).

STEP 7:  Secure the beak to the visor, so it's not flopping around. I just added a drop of glue to the end and then another one on each of the two sides of the beak.

STEP 8: Glamorize! I found it easiest to add the eyelashes to the eyes before putting the eyes on. That way you can control which way your eyelashes go. It's harder to get the two sides (eyelashes) even when they're already on the face.

I didn't snap any pics of pinning the feather boas on. It was pretty much just trial and error. I wrapped it around like a regular boa and went from there. Be sure to keep it loose and drapey, so your little one can pull it on and off their head.

Definitely the cutest, cheapest, easiest costume I've ever made!

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At October 7, 2011 at 5:33 AM , Blogger Footprints of Peace said...

That is just way to cute. Just way too darn cute! Don't you just love making costumes. My children are either grown or too old in their minds to have me make costumes for them now, but I tell you, I did enjoy making them.

I didn't make scary costumes either. My children were raised with Disney movies and such, so we usually had Disney costumes. As a matter of fact I just can't give them away. I keep them stored in a big plastic bin, waiting for the day they have children who can wear them.

At October 7, 2011 at 1:34 PM , Blogger Tauni @ SNAP! said...

Super cute costume! I love it :)

At October 7, 2011 at 9:47 PM , Blogger Lizzy said...

How cute! The flamingo costume is very creative =)

At October 9, 2011 at 5:07 AM , Blogger Amy said...

Sooo cute and clever too! She looks adorable! Hope you'll link this idea at my kid-themed party:


At October 9, 2011 at 12:11 PM , Blogger Katy said...

This is so cute! It was one of the costumes I voted for ;)

At October 9, 2011 at 4:54 PM , Blogger Cindy said...

How adorable! I'm going to vote now!

At October 9, 2011 at 6:50 PM , Blogger Allison Shops said...

She's adorable! So is the costume.

Dropping by from BNOTP.

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At October 9, 2011 at 8:27 PM , Blogger Elaine said...

Yours is SO much cuter than Martha's!!! I will definitely save this for my future granddaughters. Thank you for making it so simple!

At October 10, 2011 at 9:19 AM , Blogger Jenni said...

Charlie, this is SO cute! I love that you did a pink flamingo, too~ just perfect for a girl who loves pink! It turned out amazing, and your little one looks adorable! :)

I hope you are having a great day so far, my friend!


At October 10, 2011 at 10:40 AM , Blogger Karen said...

That is adorable, you are one creative lady. This reminds me of the days when I used to make my girls Halloween costumes (sniff sniff) they are adults now... it goes way too fast.

At October 10, 2011 at 2:01 PM , Blogger Krista said...

I love this costume! I pinned it for next year, since I'm already 1/2 way finished making this year's costume!

At October 10, 2011 at 6:55 PM , Blogger Becky said...

Oh My GOSH! This is unbelievably ADORABLE!!

At October 11, 2011 at 7:32 AM , Blogger LocalFunForKids said...

I love it! She is the cutest little glamingo and that's such a creative costume! Visiting from T.J.

At October 11, 2011 at 4:39 PM , Blogger Jenny @ Simcoe Street said...


At October 11, 2011 at 8:34 PM , Blogger Zuni said...

Great job on the costume, but that last picture, of that cute little flamingo, is too much! Just precious!

At October 12, 2011 at 9:06 PM , Blogger Joy @ Thrifty Parsonage Living said...

What a precious little girl and the costume you made is supper cute!

At October 14, 2011 at 8:03 AM , Blogger Beverly {Flamingo Toes} said...

Charlie I just had to feature you today (of course)!! :) Sooo love this costume! http://www.flamingotoes.com/2011/10/crush-of-the-week-think-pink-features-24/

At October 17, 2011 at 6:41 AM , Blogger Meg said...

That is adorable! I love, love, love it! Great job!

At October 20, 2011 at 12:50 PM , Blogger gail said...

charlie!! oh my! so sweet and adorable!

At October 22, 2011 at 4:12 AM , Blogger Jilly said...

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At February 26, 2012 at 10:56 PM , Blogger Sandy said...

Great post, I am searching the information on cheap halloween costumes and i find it here. So much informative post and it was really helpful for me. I am very thankful for sharing such a useful post.

At September 17, 2012 at 10:22 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Almost a year later, I've made a trip to the Dollar Tree and picked up the supply list for my four year old! I'll check in after Halloween to let you know how it goes! Low Country Mom

At October 30, 2012 at 7:56 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you so much! I am attempting to make this tonight!

At November 30, 2012 at 12:12 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where is the link for the template. I need asap. My daughter is a flamingo in her school play. Help. Thanks:)

At April 13, 2014 at 5:32 PM , Blogger Carla said...

6 of us wore these in a half marathon today. It was a hit!!


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