This post is brought to you by a frantic mom who realized she needed easy book character costumes at 8pm the night before said costumes were needed. If you’re that parent right now, I’m here to help. You can make anything out of cardboard, paper plates, and a little paint. Hopefully your kiddo loves Mo Willem’s pigeon books as much as mine! Here are five easy book character costumes to whip up the night before book character day at school.
Here are the book character costumes I made:
Pigeon Costume Materials
- 2 Paper plates
- Hot Glue Gun
- Paint brush
- 1 Skewer (Could also use popsicle sticks, Chop sticks, or a stick from outside.)
- White, mint, black, and gold acrylic paint
How to Make a Pigeon Costume
Step 1 – Paint one paper plate mint green
My goal here was actually to match the color of a dress that I knew was in my daughter’s closet so she could wear it with the pigeon costume. The pigeon is actually more blue than mint. Also, if your paper plates are thin, consider gluing a few together so that it holds up better once painted.
Step 2 – Make the eye and beak
While you’re waiting for the first plate to dry, cut the center of the second plate out for the pigeon’s eye and beak. Cut the center of the plate into a beak and eye for the pigeon.
Step 3 – Paint the beak and eye
Again, I mixed a few paints to get the golden shade of yellow you see on my pigeon’s beak. For the eye, I painted a round circle in the upper part of the white paper plate oval.
Step 4- Paint a border
Use a small brush and paint a black border around all of the pigeon costume pieces.
Step 5 – Assemble the pigeon mask
Use a hot glue gun and attach the eye and beak to the painted paper plate. Then hot glue a skewer to the back of the paper plate to make it a mask. I cut the skewer in half and attached the pointy side to the mask.
The Interrupting Chicken costume took a little longer to make, but well worth the extra effort. I mean look at this little chicken!
Little Chicken Costume Materials
- Large peice of cardboard
- X-ACTO knife
- Red, orange, yellow, white, and black paint
- Paint brush
- 3 skewers
- Hot glue gun
Step 1 – Draw a little chicken outline
As you can see from the picture below I used the image on the front cover of the book for the costume. I free handed the basic outline with a pencil.
Step 2 – Cut out paint little chicken
I used an X_ACTO knife to cut out my chicken shape from the cardboard, and painting the chicken is the best part! Don’t forget to add white highlights, they really made the chicken come to life!
Step 3 – Add the Handle
Since the chicken is much bigger than the pigeon I ended up using 3 full length skewers. If I had more time, I likely would have had my son find a good stick from the backyard to use as a handle.
If you’re looking for more easy book character costume ideas, be sure to check out these posts: