Things You'll Need
- Flexible plastic
- Transparent tape
- Hole punch
- Elastic string
- White hairspray
Making a stork costume is a simple process. Some key attributes of the stork are its white feathers, long orange beak and long orange legs. With a little creativity, you can replicate these characteristics on your costume. One way to drive the image of a stork home, though, is to carry a baby doll around with you while you wear the costume. The addition of the doll links your costume with the iconic bird.
Select a disposable long-sleeve white shirt. Measure the distance from the cuff of the shirt to the armpit. Cut a half circle of white fabric at twice the length of this measurement.
Cut the half circle of white fabric in half. Sew the quarter circles of fabric under each arm of the shirt with the point facing the armpit.
Glue white feathers to the shirt. Glue them to the quarter circles of fabric as well. Add a few black feathers to the lower section of the shirt to match the few black feathers found on a stork.
Glue feathers to a pair of white shorts. Use a pair of shorts that reaches down to your mid-thigh. Glue white feathers onto a beret as well.
Cut a square of flexible orange plastic that is 1 foot in length and width. Roll the plastic square into a cone shape and place a piece of transparent tape along the seam. Cut off the uneven parts of the plastic on the wide side of the cone, leaving an even opening.
Punch a hole 1/2 inch from the edge of the large opening of the cone on either side.
Place the orange cone over your face so that it covers your nose and mouth. Rotate the cone so that the holes in the plastic face to the right and left of your face, and ask an assistant to measure from one hole, around the back of your head, to the other hole. Cut a piece of elastic string one inch longer than that measurement.
Poke the ends of the elastic string 1/2 inch into the holes on the plastic cone. Reach inside the plastic cone and secure the ends of the string to the cone with a piece of tape. This makes an orange beak you can wear by strapping it to your face.
Don a pair of bright orange tights. Pull the shorts on over the tights. Pull the shirt over your head carefully so you don’t accidentally tear off the feathers.
Spray your hair with white hairspray. Allow the hairspray to dry before you don the feathered beret. Pull the peak on over the beret and secure it over your nose and mouth.
- Collin Wells; El Dorado Springs Drama Department; El Dorado Springs, Missouri