Make Your Own Eagle Costume by Using Magazines

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My eldest son had a project at school that required him to create an eagle costume using only recycled materials. My wife and I brainstormed for a few hours before deciding the best way to create an eagle costume would be by making it with used magazines, glue and cardboard. We planned on using materials that are abundantly and easily available inside the house in any given day. If you find yourself I the same dilemma, and don't know what to do, let me share our experience and show you how to make an eagle costume out of recycled stuff.

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Making an Eagle Costume Out of Recycled Stuff

This is a photo of an eagle. Note how the texture of the feathers on the head, is different from the feathers on the rest of his body.

Key Parts of an Eagle Costume

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    Wings
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    When eagles soar in the sky, they are known for a really large wingspan. Therefore, you can be rather generous here when it comes using the pages of old magazines to create two big wings at the back. Each side of the wing is somewhat based on a V-shaped anchor. You can attach it to a strong wire that you can wrap around your child's waist.
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    Beak
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    An eagle's beak is very pointy and bent downward at the tip. The color is usually yellow. You can make a cone out of some yellow-colored cardboard and just bend over the tip.
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    Head
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    You can just use a headdress for this with a lot of fur, so as to create a mohawk look. The volume of the fur is rather a lot at the top, up to the area that connects to the spine. There should also be fur towards the side of the ears.
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Advantages of Using Magazines to Create an Eagle Costume

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    There are a lot of colors you can play around with
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    Although real eagles are generally brown in color, the different colors of the magazine will make it all the more interesting.
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    Magazines usually have a very glossy texture
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    This makes the costume more appealing as it won't look like it's been made out of dirty newspapers.
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    You basically just need 1 or 2 magazines and you may not need any further materials
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    There will be enough paper to work with. Also, since the material used in magazines is usually tough and sturdy, there's a better chance it won't tear easily.
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Tips and Tricks on Making Costumes Out of Recycled Materials

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    Develop your model
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    Before you start spending your time searching for recycled materials to use, make sure that you are clear on what you really would like to create.  
    1. It won't hurt to look through the internet for some photos.
    2. There are even sites which will give you specific instructions on how to create a craft out of recycled materials.
    3. Prepare those instructions before you head out and search.
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    Magazines, fabrics, used papers, and wrappers are the most common things you can recycle to build an eagle costume
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    1. Make sure you look through these first before even considering purchasing materials.
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    Christmas decorations are also a good choice, as the usually contain things made with glitter and other shiny materials that may be useful for costumes.
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    Establish a budget at the very beginning
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    If you absolutely have to buy some additional materials, make sure you set a limit. A lot of people eventually realize that they have spent more money to make a costume, as they would have spent to rent or buy one - just because they are too cute to resist. Costume materials can be quite expensive, so if you do not have a limited budget, you can easily overspend and you will regret it later on.
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    Do not throw away leftover materials, no matter how small or deformed they may look
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    You never know when you will need them again. This is even more important if you still have children that are school-aged. You can be sure this won't be the last consume you put together for one of your kids, between Halloween, school plays, and other activities, so it's therefore, take good care of the materials that you have so you can avoid having to spend money on the same things all over again.
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    Keep all costumes neatly in a box
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    Sometimes, you may just reuse past costumes that you've already assembled. If they are stored neatly in a box, it will be easier for you to access them in the future, when you need costumes for some other reason.
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    Use a water-based glue so that it will be easier for you to reuse or reassemble a certain costume
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    All you have to do is wash it off and the glue will detach right away.
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Questions and Answers

How do you make an eagle's beak for an eagle costume?

Out of origami or at home, how would I go about making an eagle's beak for a costume?

The VisiHow article above recommends that you use yellow cardboard to make the eagle beak for your eagle costume. If you don't have access to yellow cardboard, you can use some yellow construction paper that will give the beak enough strength to keep its shape while you're wearing it for your costume. Before you bend, fold, and paste your beak together, make sure to look at a number of pictures of the type of eagle of which you're trying to create a costume. Typically, eagles have big, curvy top mandibles (think of it as the bird's upper jaw) and smaller, straight bottom mandibles. Keeping this in mind, you could cut a 3- to 4-inch triangular piece for the bottom mandible, and then a 6- to 7-inch triangular piece for the top mandible. Simply fold the shorter triangular in half length-wise, and the bottom mandible will be done. For the top mandible, you will want to also fold the paper or cardboard in half length-wise, but you will need to curve the last inch of the paper down. You may be able to do this after you've folded the paper in half, but you can also cut the last inch off, curve it, and then tape it back onto the rest of the top mandible. For the nostril holes, cut two holes (one on each side) near the top of the beak. Eagles' nostrils are oval in shape, not just round. You will now have a great eagle beak to go along with the rest of your fantastic eagle costume.

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