Halloween is just around the corner, but if you hurry you can still make this DIY Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus Halloween Costume just in time for trick or treating. Most of the materials can be found on Amazon, Walmart, and Dollar Tree.
Originally, my 4 year old had decided, about 4 months ago, that he wanted to be a garbage truck driver (conveniently the same thing he wants to be when he grows up) for Halloween, and I thought I had it made in the shade when I found a Waste Management costume on Amazon. It was perfect because it involved no painting, cutting, sewing, or frantic last-minute Goodwill hunting (no pun intended)!
Then my little child with a mind of his own, decided to call an audible with the costume literally in my cart just seconds before clicking “place your order”! Thankfully I didn’t click. Instead, he decided he wanted to be the Pigeon from one of his favorite book series’ Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems. At first, I thought I’ll just do a quick Amazon search for this very specific costume. But, no results. There are no pre-made, ready-to-order Pigeon costumes anywhere except Etsy for $100! No thanks.
Instead, I did some Pinterest research, gathered some materials I already had, bought a bright blue hooded zip-up sweater, and got to work. This DIY Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus Halloween Costume actually works out perfectly for my son’s literacy day at school and Halloween. Can’t beat 2 costumes for the price of one.
Hope you enjoy my DIY Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus Costume!
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Supplies Needed for DIY Pigeon Costume:
- 1 Turquoise Hooded Sweater
- 2 Sheets of Turquoise Felt (9”x12”)
- 2 Sheets of White Felt (9”x12”)
- 1 Sheet of Black Felt (9”x12”)
- 1 Sheet of Yellow Felt (9”x12”)
- Small Safety Pins (Dollar Tree or Walmart)
- Hot Glue Gun
- Permanent Marker
- Fabric Scissors
- Double-Sided Fabric Tape (Dritz brand from Walmart)
- Tissues (Dollar Tree)
DIY Pigeon Costume Tutorial:
- Eyes: Using a permanent marker, draw two 4” circles onto the white felt. Cut the circles out around the outside edges so the black edges are showing once they’re both cut out. Next, draw a black circle for the iris inside each eye (about 1” in diameter). Attach each eye to the sides of the hood (towards the top, near the seam) with double-stick fabric tape.
- Collar: Cut two strips of black felt each 3” x 12” long. Next cut two strips of white felt 2.5” x 12” long. Glue each white strip to the center of each black strip and then glue the completed pieces together to make 1 long strip. Using double-stick fabric tape, attach the strip to the base of the hood. Cut off any access.
- Beak: Draw 2 triangles on the yellow felt (3”-6”). Glue two sides together and then stuff with tissue paper or Kleenex. Seal the remaining side with glue and then attach the beak to the under part of the hood (at the center).
- Wings: Draw two D shapes that are the same length as the armpit of the sweater to the sleeve. Attach the wings with 3 safety pins or sew them on for added support.
Have you tried making this DIY Pigeon Costume? Share thoughts and pics in the comments below.
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Hi! I’m Meagan I just turned 40! I’ve been married for 14 years. I’m a proud boy mom, happily navigating my way through the little boy years. I met my husband over 20 years ago in high school; we got married 10 years later after graduating from the University of South Florida. I currently help run a family business with my parents while blogging about my life and love of DIY projects!
When I’m not at a kids sports game, I enjoy spending time with my family on a beach anywhere. I also love decorating and organizing, fun DIY projects, bargain shopping, and eating out or in! I also love Barbecue anything and a good show or movie on Netflix.