I searched and searched for somewhere to buy it from. Someone who would make something that didn't look store bought, that would make something that would convince people that I made it with love and attempted creativity. No dice.
So here is what we eventually came up with. I'll come clean, my husband is at least 40% responsible for this. I'll take credit for the other 60%. It started with a trip to Walmart (yea, not my favorite place to shop either) where I browsed little boy and little girls clearance clothing, fabric racks, and crafts aisles. I came home with a few things... some worked, some didn't... we made some alterations and poof ... here's what we had:
He was the most adorable pink bird I've ever seen that's for sure... don't you agree?
This is what he looked like underneath.
Pink Size 24 months (mind you, B is wearing a 4T normally) girls pants on clearance - $3
Yellow M & M t-shirt that er brought home from Vegas for B in October - Free
Pink hair dye - Mema supplied that since she lives closer to a party store than we do, so - Free (to us at least!)
Then we add on the outside....
Yellow women's sock from Walmart (came in a 3 pack with two other colors) These were worn over his sneakers. - $3
Foam sheets for making feathers a pack of 100 sheets (5 1/2" x 8 1/2") - $4 (on clearance - score!)
1 yard Pink satiny fabric - $2 (on clearance, I don't understand why they'd be clearancing this fabric, doesn' everybody want it for their son's bird costume?)
1 foam visor (which was then cut into a beak shape with the elastic re-threaded into new holes) - $.50 (also on clearance)
And then we needed a few tools to make this work...
Spray adhesive for attaching feathers which cost far too much and ended up not working - $5.50
Giant stapler which replaced the spray adhesive when it became apparent that wasn't working - Free (we borrowed it from church - shhhh...)
Household Scissors - Free
Iron on hem stuff (stitch witchery was the brand I had on hand in our 'sewing' box - haha) - Free
Iron - Free
The most adorable kid with an affinity for pink and a fabulous skill for making screeching bird noises - More $ than you can imagine
So total cost of new supplies for us was - $18. The results? Oh c'mon you have to admit... PRICELESS (and oh so very PINK!)