{how-to: kevin (the bird from up) costume}

{how-to: kevin (the bird from up) costume}

Over the last few months I had been collecting pieces for my Kevin costume that I plan to wear for the Enchanted 10K at Disney in February, and I finally have my full costume pulled together.

HALLELUJAH!

Even better, I got to wear it to the CHaD Trick or Trot 3K in October. They (whomever THEY are) say not to wear something new on race day, so having a venue to test out my costume was preferable to randomly wearing my tutu on a long run or on the treadmill this winter. Although, that would’ve been highly entertaining… a tropical bird covered in ice and snow. Or… a grown-ass woman running through town in a bird costume in the middle of winter.

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I already posted a tutorial on how to make a tutu. With the hard part out of the way, the rest of the costume was pretty easy to pull together. I already had a blue tech shirt and black leggings. I just needed to pick up some compressions sleeves for my arms, and some supplies to fashion a hat to look like Kevin’s head.

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I ordered this visor from Amazon and picked up googly eyes, velcro, and glittery sprigs of stuff from Hobby Lobby. Thankfully, my local Hobby Lobby had been stocking Christmas stuff for weeks by the time I went shopping, so there was no shortage of glittery things to choose from.

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I busted out the hot glue gun and glued the stiff half of the velcro to the back of the googly eyes. I used lots of glue. I love hot glue. A leftover love from my visual merchandising days at Macy’s.

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Then I eyeballed (har-har) placement for the googly eyes on the visor.

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Then I sewed the soft side of the velcro squares in place on the visor – I picked the soft side because I thought it would be easier to push a needle through. Even so, I managed to bend one of my sewing needles. Since I don’t expect anyone to be touching my visor, I just tacked the velcro in place with a simple stitch in the corners. I think it will hold just fine.

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Then I stuck the googly eyes to the visor. Success! The visor is a little wonky, so nothing sits straight. But that’s fine… it’s part of the fun of this goofy bird I’m trying to dress up as.

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Next, I took the blue glitter spray and snipped off a few of the strands. For the remaining strands, I bent the ends into little curly-Qs to look like the plume of feathers on Kevin’s head. I also bent the stick at the bottom so I could nestle the sprig into my bun to get it to stand up on its own.

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I had to clip the plume in place so that it didn’t flop over, but otherwise it was pretty solid.

The last thing I did was pin a small feather boa to the back of the tutu to give it even more poof and make sure that there’s absolutely no confusion that I was supposed to be a bird.

So then I put the entire costume togther, and here’s Kevin:

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Totally wearable for a 3K race! Questionable for 6.2 miles, but I’m gonna go for it anyway.

So, what do you think? Do I look like Kevin? If you’re running at Disney, what costume are you planning to wear?

Best,
GraphicE

Featured Image Credit: Claudia DeCasas

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