how to make a big bird costume

Creating a Big Bird costume can be a fun and creative DIY project. Big Bird is a beloved character from “Sesame Street.” Here’s a basic guide on how to make a homemade Big Bird costume:

Materials You’ll Need:

  1. Yellow feather boa or yellow faux fur fabric
  2. Yellow hooded sweatshirt or yellow long-sleeve shirt
  3. Yellow sweatpants or yellow pants
  4. Orange felt fabric
  5. Orange mittens or gloves
  6. White foam or cardboard
  7. Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  8. Yellow foam or cardboard (for feet)
  9. Yellow or orange shoes or shoe covers
  10. Safety pins
  11. Large googly eyes or white foam and black marker (for eyes)
  12. Black fabric or marker (for mouth)
  13. Sewing kit (if making adjustments to clothing)
  14. Scissors


  1. Prepare the Yellow Clothing:
    • If you can’t find a yellow hooded sweatshirt and pants, consider dyeing white ones using fabric dye according to the instructions on the dye packaging. Alternatively, sew yellow fabric onto existing clothing to create a head-to-toe yellow outfit.
  2. Feathers or Faux Fur:
    • Attach the yellow feather boa or faux fur fabric to the hood of the sweatshirt. Use hot glue to secure it in place. Make sure to cover the entire hood to resemble Big Bird’s head.
  3. Orange Feet:
    • Cut out two large, elongated feet shapes from yellow foam or cardboard. Paint or glue orange fabric onto the top surface to create Big Bird’s orange feet. Attach the feet to your shoes or shoe covers using safety pins or hot glue.
  4. Orange Hands:
    • If you’re using mittens or gloves, you can leave them as is. If not, you can paint your hands orange or create orange hand covers using fabric and attach them to your wrists.
  5. Eyes:
    • Attach large googly eyes or cut out white foam circles and draw black pupils with a black marker. Attach these eyes to the top of the hood using hot glue. Ensure they are secure and won’t fall off during wear.
  6. Beak:
    • Cut out an orange beak shape from orange felt fabric. Attach it to the front of the hood, just below the eyes, using hot glue.
  7. Mouth:
    • Create Big Bird’s mouth by cutting a curved shape out of black fabric or drawing it on with a black fabric marker. Attach it to the front of the sweatshirt, just below the beak, using hot glue.
  8. Final Touches:
    • Add any extra details to your costume, such as Big Bird’s wings or tail, if desired.
  9. Try It On:
    • Put on the completed costume and make any adjustments as needed for fit and comfort.
  10. Accessorize:
    • To complete the look, consider carrying a stuffed toy of Big Bird’s best friend, Mr. Snuffleupagus, or a sign that says “Sesame Street” to enhance the costume.

Now, you’re ready to have fun and spread joy as Big Bird from “Sesame Street.” Enjoy your DIY costume and any events or parties you attend!

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