Thursday, November 1, 2012

Halloween: DIY Raven Costume


DIY Raven costume
DIY Raven costume

I love Halloween.  It's one of my favorite holidays, and not because of the creepy, scary, gory stuff. I just love dressing up! What other time of year do you get to plan a costume? 

This year, I wanted to go as a raven.  I wanted to make my costume, and I knew that I wanted a LOT of feathers.

This costume was ridiculously easy to make. I wore shorts and tights, a long-sleeve black shirt with lace sleeves, a corset, covered in black boas from Claires, over the top, and some wings that I spray painted black.

To top it off, I added the leftover feathers from my boa to the collar of my shirt. 

DIY Raven costume

The wings were...HUGE. I had to walk sideways through most doorways, but it was worth it. I used regular glossy black spray paint (2 full cans) to cover the wings. The paint covered great, and didn't leave the feathers sticky! Score!

DIY Raven costume

I found my tights at KMart.  Originally, I had polka dot tights, but the stripes just seemed to work so much better! Add some black heels and you've got yourself a costume!!

I was really stoked about hair and makeup though. Cortney at the Underground Salon did my hair/makeup (she's fabulous!)

I wanted something crazy, bird-like, and dark. Other than that it was up to her. She gave me a mohawk, or a 'crowhawk' as I called it all night....

DIY Raven costume


I found some fake eyelashes at Hot Topic that had black feathers on them (perfect!) and Cortney put them on for me. They felt like bricks all night. A worthy inconvenience though...I think they make the makeup pop!

I gave myself tiny lips that reminded me of masquerade masks. It was so fun!

DIY Raven costume

DIY Raven costume

I modeled my beak after the 15th century masquerade masks as well. I cut a pattern out of posterboard, and then used paper mache to cover it. I didn't worry about smoothing out the bumps because I felt it looked more authentic. To finish, I added a coat of black paint, glitter, and some nylon string to connect it.

This was definitely my favorite costume, and it was the easiest I've ever done! 'DIY' is the way to go for Halloween, in my opinion! 

So, what did you go as? 



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3 comments:

  1. Umm... wow. That costume is fantastic! I love Halloween too but it's been years since I've gone all out with my costume- mostly because I'm working on the kiddos costumes.

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  2. what did u use for the claws? can u email me bseavey55@yahoo.com

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