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Last-Minute Kids’ Owl Costume

By Ellen Luckett Baker

By Ellen Baker

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.
Kid's Owl Costume DIY by Ellen Luckett Baker at
Kid's Owl Costume DIY by Ellen Luckett Baker at
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
Supplies for an owl costume:

-dark colored tee
-fabric scraps (50-60 feathers)
-thread and sewing machine (or permanent fabric glue)
-card stock
-craft knife
-children’s sunglasses

How to make an owl costume:

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 a...

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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  • Meghan

    October 29, 2009 at 10:44 am

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

  • Kari @ Ucreate

    October 29, 2009 at 11:08 am

    I know what I’m being for Halloween!

  • Jenn

    October 29, 2009 at 11:40 am

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

  • Yael

    October 29, 2009 at 12:01 pm

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

  • Jennifer

    October 29, 2009 at 2:47 pm

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

  • Risti

    October 29, 2009 at 7:00 pm

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

  • Joan

    October 30, 2009 at 2:30 am

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

  • Caley

    October 30, 2009 at 11:21 am

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

  • Amanda

    October 30, 2009 at 12:37 pm

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

  • Rebecca Altman

    October 30, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    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!

  • Melinda

    November 2, 2009 at 4:48 pm

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

    • Carrie

      August 21, 2015 at 12:38 pm

      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?

  • 5orangepotatoes

    November 3, 2009 at 8:43 am

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

  • Shylo Bisnett

    November 5, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    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:

  • saffiertje

    November 6, 2009 at 3:32 am

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

  • doro

    January 26, 2010 at 1:32 am

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

  • Arielle

    January 26, 2010 at 10:48 pm

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

  • MammaNene

    February 12, 2013 at 3:56 am

    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 🙂

    • Isabel


      February 12, 2013 at 7:56 am

      Looks fantastic!

  • Heidi

    March 18, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    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!? 

  • Gina

    October 4, 2013 at 4:03 am

    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

  • Kris

    October 9, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    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.

  • Cindy W

    October 14, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    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

  • Ari

    October 17, 2013 at 11:32 pm

    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.  

  • Nikki Paris George

    November 1, 2013 at 12:47 am

    Used pattern for my daughters costume. She loved it

  • Lory

    November 3, 2013 at 4:50 am

    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

  • Akiko Dunn

    May 9, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    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,

  • Vicky

    September 7, 2014 at 11:11 pm

    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.

  • Bradley

    October 14, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    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:

  • Almondkoo

    November 6, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    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 😉

  • Ann

    January 14, 2015 at 7:25 am

    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!

  • Lunabe

    March 24, 2015 at 12:33 am

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