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DIY Halloween Costumes: Flamingo Cape Costume for Kids

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Cape costumes are the perfect easy Halloween costume solution, and this Flamingo Cape Costume could not be cuter or more fun to make!

DIY Halloween Costumes: Flamingo Cape Costume for Kids + a tutorial featured by Top US Craft Blog + The Pretty Life Girls

This year we are working to simplify all of our DIY Halloween costumes since we still aren’t sure in what capacity they will be used. And one way we are doing that is by making them out of capes! Solid capes are easy to come by at party and craft stores and come ready to decorate and turn into whatever creature, character or theme you can dream up! Plus, you can transform them easily without a sewing machine or any special skills!

One of our favorite ways to transform a plain cape is with dye, and one of our favorite products to make that happen is Fabric Creations Soft Fabric Ink made by our friends at Plaid Crafts! If you have never used this product before, it is like the swiss army knife of dyes. It can be watered down to create a dye, it can be painted on using a brush, or it can be stamped! Plus, it works wonderfully on nearly all fabrics, from natural fibers to synthetics, and it comes in the most gorgeous line of colors, so if you can dream it, this dye can bring the color!

The versatility and reliability of this Fabric Creations came in super handy for the flamingo cape costume we are sharing today, because we used it to both dye the cape with a diluted portion of the ink, and we used it to hand paint the hat! The result was the perfect flamingo pink that made this costume pop! Here is what you’ll need:

DIY Halloween Costumes: Flamingo Cape Costume for Kids + a tutorial featured by Top US Craft Blog + The Pretty Life Girls

Supplies needed to make a Flamingo Cape Costume

2 Blank canvas capes
White baseball cap
Fabric Creations Soft Fabric Ink in Hot Pink, Carnation, and Black
Squirt bottle
Water
1 roll pink tulle
1 pink feather boa
Hot glue gun + glue
Paint brush
Scissors

How to make a Flamingo Cape Costume

Watch the video, or follow the steps below!

Step 1: Mix the Hot Pink Fabric Creations with water at a ratio of 1:4. Shake well, until the ink and water are completely incorporated – if it is not thoroughly mixed, it will result in uneven dyeing. Apply the mixture to the capes and hat, covering the surfaces. Hang to dry overnight.

Step 2: Unroll some of the tulle, and fold it in half long-ways. Use hot glue to attach the tulle to each cape, from one edge of the cape to the other, gathering it every couple inches. Cut the tulle when you reach the edge, then start another row about 4 inches above the other, so the new row lays over the top of the row below it about 1 inch. Repeat with 4 rows of tulle on each cape.

Step 3: Cut the left tie off one cape, and the right tie off the other. Overlap the corners where the ties used to be, and use hot glue to attach them. Then use hot glue to attach the feather boa around the top, from one tie to the other. Cut the excess boa and set aside.

Step 4: Use the Carnation and Black Fabric Creations to paint the bill of the hat like a flamingo beak. Use the black to paint eyes on the hat. With the remaining feather boa, create a cluster of feathers on top of the hat and secure with hot glue.

That’s it! This is a simple project that packs a big punch! And I love that this flamingo cape costume can go over a t-shirt, sweatshirt, or even a coat (depending on the weather)!

DIY Halloween Costumes: Flamingo Cape Costume for Kids + a tutorial featured by Top US Craft Blog + The Pretty Life Girls

DIY Halloween Costumes: Flamingo Cape Costume for Kids + a tutorial featured by Top US Craft Blog + The Pretty Life Girls

DIY Halloween Costumes: Flamingo Cape Costume for Kids + a tutorial featured by Top US Craft Blog + The Pretty Life Girls

DIY Halloween Costumes: Flamingo Cape Costume for Kids + a tutorial featured by Top US Craft Blog + The Pretty Life Girls

DIY Halloween Costumes: Flamingo Cape Costume for Kids + a tutorial featured by Top US Craft Blog + The Pretty Life Girls

Happy making!
xo, Sam


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