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Jewel from Rio Costume

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Jewel from Rio Costume

Feathers side pose

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Photo #1 - Feathers side pose Photo #2 - Carnival in Rio Photo #3 - tail feathers...not bad Photo #4 - head piece Photo #5 - ankle feathers and glittered shoes
Costume type:  Costumes for Girls
Categories:Halloween Costumes, Movie and TV Show Costumes

This homemade costume for girls entered our 2013 Halloween Costume Contest.

A word from Paulette, the 'Jewel from Rio' costume creator:

We love the movie Rio.
Usually when I make a costume I start out by sketching my idea(s). In the case of this Rio costume I made sketches off of the movie. It took a lot of rewinding to get a good look at what Linda (Blue's owner) was wearing. The costume had to be reconfigured for a 9 year old.
When that was done, I then broke down each part of the costume ie the waist band, the tail, headpiece and arms...the clothing part.

I started with the head because it seemed to be the hardest thing to make. The head piece was made out of paper mache using a punchy balloon, strips of newspaper, flour and glue. Once dried I covered the head piece with white glue and LOTS OF GLITTER (sorry...I love glitter). I did the contours with different colours of glitter, put on the beak and feathers at the back of head piece. Once dry, I added the eyes. We placed a toy bobby hat inside the head piece and used spray foam to keep it in place...then put on a chin straps.

I made a flap pattern for the belt, cut it out and glued the flaps to a wide belt. I then used blue and silver glitter for the designs.
I made a pattern for the gauntlets and cut out the foam forms. I added glitter designs and velcro.

The wings were abit easier, because I bought a pair of angel wings and tore them apart for the frame. I re-shaped the wings and covered them with tissue paper. It took 15 large boas, royal blue, to do the wings. Once dry, I attached shoulder braces.

I made the ankle feather straps using elastics and feathers, covered a pair of runners with blue glitter. I glued four gradual colours of blue sequins on a turquoise shirt (with washable glue).

And lastly...I used wire cutters to make the tail out of lite coat hangers. I spaced the wires, shaped and then duct taped them together. I covered the frame with blue tissue paper and then glued feathers on it.

I took me about three weeks to make this costume. Yes, I started late and my dining room looked like a Macaw massacre with glitter (ooo.....glitter) My daughter loved it and it was definitely something no one else had...anywhere! So worth it
This costume got lots of attention. I was asked where I bought it, when I told them that I made it the reaction was always the same.....THAT'S AWESOME! She still wears it.

Rating: 4.5 of 5. Votes: 10

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#1 comment by Rochelle November 17, 2014

Absolutely awesome!

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