How to Make a Chick Costume

Two Methods:Feathery Baby ChickHatching Chick

A chick outfit is an exceptionally cute costume option for babies, toddlers, and young kids. Best of all, you can save some money by making your own at home, since doing so only requires a moderate amount of time, skill, and effort.

Method 1
Feathery Baby Chick[1]

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    Glue a row of yellow feathers onto the bottom of the onesie. Heat up a hot glue gun and draw a line of hot glue onto the bottom of a baby onesie that fits your child. Immediately begin attaching feathers to this line of glue, adhering the feathers at their base so that the tops of the feathers face downward.
    • Draw the line of glue roughly 2 inches (5 cm) from the bottom of the onesie.
    • Attach the feathers so that they are side-by-side, if not overlapping. The feathers should fan out so that some point straight down and others point down and slanted to either side.
    • Make sure that the onesie you use is one that you do not plan to use for other purposes in the future. Once the feathers are glued on, they will stay on for good.
    • The onesie can be in any color, but if you choose a yellow onesie, any gaps left in between the feathers will be less noticeable.
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    Work in sections until you reach the sleeves. Attach more feathers to the front of the onesie in the same manner used to attach the bottom feathers. Only draw one to three lines of glue at a time to prevent it from cooling off as you attach the feathers.
    • Make sure that the feathers mostly point downward by do so at varying angles. If the feathers all lie in the same exact direction, the final result will look too flat.
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    Fill in any gaps. Take a step back and look over the front of your onesie. If any areas look too flat or if any sections appear empty, fix it by gluing more feathers into the space.
    • For an area that looks flat, glue extra feathers into the section beneath the current row of feathers. Make this secondary row of feathers point upward instead of down so that the patch ends up looking fluffier.
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    Repeat with the back. Turn the onesie over so that the back faces you. Glue feathers onto the back of the onesie using the same method you used for the front.
    • Start with a single line of glue at the bottom of the onesie, position roughly 2 inches (5 cm) from the bottom hem.
    • Gradually work your way up, gluing feathers to the rest of the onesie back one small section at a time.
    • Fill in any empty spaces or flat areas with more feathers.
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    Cut the remaining feathers in half. Standard craft feathers are too long for use with the sleeves. Before you cover the sleeves, you need to snip the rest of your feathers in half using sharp scissors.
    • Note that any excess half feathers that remain after you coat the sleeves can be used to fill in additional gaps or flat areas of the costume.
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    Cover each sleeve with feathers. As with the body of the onesie, you should work from the bottom up. Start at the edge of the sleeve and work your way to the shoulder.
    • Glue feathers onto the front and back of each sleeve. Work in small sections.
    • Fill in any gaps or flat areas with additional half-feathers as needed.
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    Cut an orange drink cozy in half. Use sharp scissors to cut a foam drink cozy in half lengthwise or vertically. Even the bottom of the cozy should be cut in half.
    • You will be left with two identical halves, each with a half-circle bottom.
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    Glue the cozy to a soft baby cap before trimming it. Use hot glue to attach the half-circle bottom of the cozy to the front of a snug baby cap. Trim the front of the orange cozy half so that it resembles a half-moon beak shape.
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    Decorate the cap with feathers and eyes. Apply more yellow half-feathers to the hat, working from the bottom up. Attach two large craft eyes on either side of the orange foam beak.
    • Work around the entire crown of the cap, filling any empty spaces in with additional feathers as needed.
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    Assemble the costume. The individual pieces of your costume are now complete, so all you need to do is put the whole thing together. Slip on some yellow leggings before putting the feathered onesie on your baby. Cover the feet with orange socks and place the feathered-and-beaked cap on your baby's head, with the beak at the front.

Method 2
Hatching Chick[2]

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    Take the necessary measurements. You will need a waist measurement and a torso measurement. Both should be obtained using a tape measure.
    • Measure your child's waist by wrapping the tape measure around his or her stomach so that it crosses over the belly button and stays parallel to the floor. Double the number, then subtract 1 inch (2.5 cm) from that measurement.
    • For the torso measurement, measure the length between the child's crotch and his her or mid-chest. Add 2 inches (5 cm) to this measurement.
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    Cut a strip of cardboard. Use sharp scissors to cut a strip of flexible cardboard the same length as the measurement derived from your child's waist. The strip of cardboard should also be 3 inches (7.6 cm) wide.
    • The cardboard should be sturdy enough to stand upright when held from the bottom but flexible enough to bend without creasing.
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    Cut a rectangle from white felt. The width of the rectangle should match the measurement derived from your child's torso. The length of the rectangle should match the measurement derived from your child's waist.
    • Note that the length must also match the length of your cardboard.
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    Form a loop with the cardboard. Gently fold the cardboard strip into a loop without creasing it. Hot glue the ends together, reducing the total circumference by no more than 1 inch (2.5 cm).
    • In other words, overlap the ends by 1 inch (2.5 cm), at most. An even thinner section of overlapping cardboard would be even better.
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    Attach the felt. Wrap the felt rectangle around the outside of the cardboard loop. Leave 2 inches (5 cm) sticking up from the top and glue in place.
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    Trim the top of the felt. Use sharp scissors to cut a jagged pattern of alternating triangles into the 2 inches (5 cm) of felt sticking out from the top of the cardboard.
    • Note that this jagged pattern should look resemble the cracks that form when a chick pokes its way out of its shell.
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    Strengthen the lower eggshell. Line the cardboard loop and the felt with a layer of cotton sheet batting help the structure maintain its shape. Glue the batting in place with a hot glue gun.
    • Cover all of the cardboard and felt with the batting. Use sharp scissors to trim the batting to the jagged shell pattern at the top of the felt before gluing it down.
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    Create a rounded bottom edge. Fold over a portion of felt along the bottom edge so that it overlaps by 1 inch (2.5 cm), creating a dart in the fabric. Glue in place. Repeat three more times, making a total of four equally spaced 1 inch (2.5 cm) darts.
    • This step should round out the bottom edge while making it easy for your child to still move around with the eggshell half on.
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    Cut ties out of yellow ribbon. Cut four lengths of sturdy yellow ribbon, each measuring 18 inches (46 cm). Glue two of the ribbons to the front inside of the hoop and the other two to the back inside of the hoop.
    • Make sure that the front and back ribbons line up evenly. You will used these ribbons as ties to hold the eggshell half on your child.
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    Create the top of the eggshell. Cover a white sun hat with white cotton sheet batting. Cover the batting with additional white felt, and cut the bottom of the felt into a jagged pattern similar to the one made on the bottom half of the shell.
    • When cutting out felt for the hat, cut out six rounded triangular pieces of felt measuring 9 inches (23 cm) long by 5 inches (13 cm) wide, with 1 inch (2.5 cm) flat corners.
    • Glue the felt onto the batting by lining all the tips at the center top of the crown. Bring each piece down and over the sides of the hat, allowing 2 inches (5 cm) or so of overhang at the bottom of the hat.
    • From the overhang at the bottom, make your jagged shell pattern.
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    Assemble the costume. Put your child in a yellow t-shirt and yellow pants. Slip on some orange socks for tiny chick feet, then dress your baby in the two egg halves.
    • Since the top egg half is made from a hat, simply place the hat on your child's head to put this portion of the costume on.
    • Slide the bottom egg half onto your child from the bottom. Tie the left hand front and back ribbons together over the child's left shoulder. Tie the right hand front and back ribbons together over the child's right shoulder.


  • While real chicks are yellow, you can change things up a little by making a chick costume using feathers and clothes of a different color. Try white if you want to go for an adult chicken look[3] or do something completely different by using colors like blue or pink.[4]
  • You could mix elements from both methods to create your own unique version of the chick costume. For instance, create the egg halves described in the "Hatching Chick" section but add feathers to the sleeves or shirt torso using the method described in the "Feathery Baby Chick" section.

Things You'll Need

Feathery Baby Chick

  • Yellow onesie
  • Yellow baby or toddler tights
  • Hot glue gun
  • Glue sticks
  • Large flat-backed craft eyes
  • 3 to 4 packs of yellow feathers
  • Orange foam drink cozy
  • Yellow cloth baby hat
  • Orange baby socks

Hatching Chick

  • Tape measure
  • Scissors
  • Flexible cardboard
  • White felt, 1 yd (91 cm)
  • Hot glue gun
  • Glue sticks
  • Cotton batting
  • Yellow ribbon, 2 yards (1.8 m) (182 cm)
  • White sun hat
  • Yellow shirt
  • Yellow pants
  • Orange socks

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