Last-Minute Kids’ Owl Costume



By Ellen Baker
Kid's Owl Costume DIY by Ellen Luckett Baker at
Kid's Owl Costume DIY by Ellen Luckett Baker at
Still looking for a Halloween costume for your kiddo? Here’s an easy way to turn a t-shirt into an owl costume in a couple of hours. If you don’t have a sewing machine, you can simply glue the fabric feathers onto the costume with permanent fabric glue found at your local sewing shop or craft supply store. You can cut up old t-shirts or other old clothing for the feathers. So just cut and glue. Easy, right? I think this would also work pretty well for a wild thing costume.
Kid's Owl Costume DIY by Ellen Luckett Baker at
-dark colored tee
-fabric scraps (50-60 feathers)
-thread and sewing machine (or permanent fabric glue)
-card stock
-craft knife
-children’s sunglasses
1. Cut out the feathers from fabric scraps using the template below.
2. Begin pinning and sewing in rows from the bottom (or just line them up and glue).
3. Continue until you reach the top and then form a circle around the neckline.
4. Print out the owl mask and cut it out. With a craft knife, cut out the center eye holes.
5. Attach the mask to the sunglasses with tape. Hoot!
Click here to download the template for mask and feathers: Download file
Kid's Owl Costume DIY by Ellen Luckett Baker at
Kid's Owl Costume DIY by Ellen Luckett Baker at
Kid's Owl Costume DIY by Ellen Luckett Baker at



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About the author

Ellen Luckett Baker
Ellen Luckett Baker is the author of the long thread, a blog about handmade goods. She has always enjoyed making things, but the flexibility of staying at home with her two daughters along with the creative inspiration they provide has led her to craft on a daily basis. Combining her love of graphic design and sewing, she has created an Etsy shop selling machine embroidery designs and sewing patterns.

Ellen lives in Atlanta with her husband and two young daughters. She holds a B.A. in Art History and a Master's of Public Administration with a focus in Non-Profit Management.

Ellen recently wrote 1, 2, 3 Sew: Build Your Skills with 33 Simple Sewing Projects her crafting book. She is crazy talented!

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32 Responses to “Last-Minute Kids’ Owl Costume”

  1. Meghan Oct 29 at 10:44 am Reply Reply

    Cute idea!
    The link to the template doesn’t work, though.

  2. Kari @ Ucreate Oct 29 at 11:08 am Reply Reply

    I know what I’m being for Halloween!

  3. Jenn Oct 29 at 11:40 am Reply Reply

    This is brilliant. I want to be an owl! Maybe I will make it for myself, hehe

  4. Yael Oct 29 at 12:01 pm Reply Reply

    I am so saving this for PURIM!!! (Jewish holiday where we dress up)
    I absolutley love it!!!!

  5. Jennifer Oct 29 at 2:47 pm Reply Reply

    That is ADORABLE. Thank you so much for sharing. I have a soft spot for owls :)

  6. Risti Oct 29 at 7:00 pm Reply Reply

    Thank you! I’ve been searching for the right costume.

  7. Joan Oct 30 at 2:30 am Reply Reply

    Saw your costume at the CRAFT blog…just had to stop by and tell you this OWL costume is SOOOO cute!!

  8. Caley Oct 30 at 11:21 am Reply Reply

    I’m making this for myself this Halloween! Great idea.

  9. Amanda Oct 30 at 12:37 pm Reply Reply

    Super adorable! A seamstress I am not, I’m envious, great talent you have!

  10. Rebecca Altman Oct 30 at 2:26 pm Reply Reply

    Trying this at home, but wondering: did you attach feathers all the way around (i.e., do the back side, too?) What a marvelous idea. Thank you so much. You totally saved me!

  11. Melinda Nov 02 at 4:48 pm Reply Reply

    Thanks Alpha Mom! I was so inspired that I made my own owl costume!

    • Carrie Aug 21 at 12:38 pm Reply Reply

      Hi Rebecca,
      Did you end up doing this costume? Did you put feathers around the back? I want to do it for my 19-month old son and am the antithesis of crafty so trying to figure out the easiest way. Do you think attaching the feathers to a long-sleeved onesie would work? Or should I use an old girls dress so the feathers go down further?

  12. 5orangepotatoes Nov 03 at 8:43 am Reply Reply

    Fabulous! I will have to bookmark this for next year. My youngest would love it!

  13. Shylo Bisnett Nov 05 at 3:28 pm Reply Reply

    I made one, too! It was super cute, although my six-month-old wasn’t going to wear the mask, so I skipped it and made a cap instead:

  14. saffiertje Nov 06 at 3:32 am Reply Reply

    Oh… so easy to make and soooooo great result!!!!

  15. doro Jan 26 at 1:32 am Reply Reply

    great idea!
    i’d like to make one for my daughter.
    i set a link. i hope you’ll agree.
    many greetings, doro.

  16. Arielle Jan 26 at 10:48 pm Reply Reply

    Very cool. I made one for my 21-month-old and I love how it turned out!

  17. MammaNene Feb 12 at 3:56 am Reply Reply

    If you want to see my version of your owl costume, visit my blog (I’ve linked this page, if you don’t mind) on this link:
    Tx for sharing :)

  18. Heidi Mar 18 at 5:12 pm Reply Reply

    Thanks –  you’re a lifesaver! My daughter’s music teacher chose her to be the owl for their musical and I’m a non-sewing not-exactly-crafty mom but our costume turned out fabulous thanks to your guidance (and lots of craft glue and stitch witchery). I even added tulle “wings” with feather boa trim and a feathered headband. I now believe I rock owl costumes. Now, what about the FEET!? 

  19. Gina Oct 04 at 4:03 am Reply Reply

    Thanks for the great info. My baby girl (3 months old at Halloween) will be a beautiful and unique owl now. I had a purple, yellow and white owl crochet hat made for her newborn pics and It will be perfect with this. I’m also going to try to do some wings but I’m not sure how yet

  20. Kris Oct 09 at 1:08 pm Reply Reply

    You are my hero! I made this for my almost-8-year-old today. I had great luck using an old pair of black denim jeans–the reverse side was just the shade of gray I was hoping for. I’m lovin’ it.

  21. Cindy W Oct 14 at 4:51 pm Reply Reply

    I love your owl costume and this is perfect idea for my daughter. We are making this costume using a sweatshirt and feathers made from blue jeans

  22. Ari Oct 17 at 11:32 pm Reply Reply

    This year’s theme for us has been owls, couldn’t think of a better costume than this for my 2 1/2 year old.  I decided to buy felt in shades of light browns & gray and will hot glue instead (that’s my idea of easy).  I also found a mask that covers the eyes only and will add some feather I found that would match the felt colors.  So excited, thank you for the template.  

  23. Nikki Paris George Nov 01 at 12:47 am Reply Reply

    Used pattern for my daughters costume. She loved it

  24. Lory Nov 03 at 4:50 am Reply Reply

    Hi! How was your Halloween? For my post about Halloween costumes for kids I cited this your post here:
    Thank you for sharing your ideas with us!
    A kiss froom Spain

  25. Akiko Dunn May 09 at 2:27 pm Reply Reply

    Hello, I thank you for sharing your owl costume! I certainly used your patterns to make owl face and body parts.

    Here is the youtube that I made an owl costume for my daughter.

    Thank you again,

  26. Vicky Sep 07 at 11:11 pm Reply Reply

    I made this last year for my two girls- they were so cute. BUT If you’re not an experienced sewer I wouldn’t leave it to the last minute- it takes a long time. the more rows you have and the smaller your feathers are the longer it takes.

  27. Bradley Oct 14 at 8:15 pm Reply Reply

    Hey! Thanks for making this! I recently got an owl onesie, and thought it was the perfect costume: so I just made the glasses and I’m on my way to a costume party! Again, thank you. c:

  28. Almondkoo Nov 06 at 2:20 pm Reply Reply

    Hello, Thanks I used your idea to make my daughter’s costume. I’m not a great sewer so I just used a hot glue gun, at least it will last for the day 😉

  29. Ann Jan 14 at 7:25 am Reply Reply

    Thanks so much for the tutorial and free mask download. I made one tonight for my daughter to wear to vacation bible school tomorrow for costume day. It turned out really good!

  30. Lunabe Mar 24 at 12:33 am Reply Reply

    I think it’s easy tutorial. I’ll make it today. Thanks.


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