As I was posting these pictures, I was remembering this day last year when we all dressed up as cave people.  It’s insane that one year has passed since then.  Just as I feel like we are getting a little too old for halloween shenanigans, we have another, and even better, excuse to join in the fun.  From now until forever I’ll relish in making my kid(s) look ridiculous.  But I think this white swan costume might go down in the history books as my all time favorite.  It was actually kind of a last minute idea.  As I was having dinner with a girlfriend (hi Ana!), and I was telling her about my idea for a little lamb costume for Rylee, but I was worried I had procrastinated too long to actually have time to pull it off.  Her daughter is about 7 months older than Rylee and last year she made this Martha Stewart chicken costume for her little girl.  So genius.  I snatched it up, but instead of a chicken I wanted to make her a swan!  So I ditched the chicken hat and made a couple simple swan masks instead.  A white one for her, and a black one for me.  They didn’t take long at all to make, so if you are in a jam and looking to make a quick costume…here’s what I used to make them (sorry there are no step by step photos)

What you’ll need:  felt, feathers, elastic, sequins, orange fabric, hot glue gun, a needle and thread

Start by downloading my mask template: BABY SIZE / ADULT SIZE.  Cut out the masks and trace them onto your felt.  Cut out two identical masks.  For the white mask, I used black felt on the underside and white felt on the front side.  I made sure to cut the eyes slightly larger on the white felt, so that the black felt showing through underneath created an outline.  No need to do this for the black mask though.  After you have your two matching masks cut, take one of them and use your hot glue gun to attach a few feathers at the point on each side of the mask, just above the eye holes.  They should feather out beyond the size of your felt.  Once it’s dry, glue the other felt cut out on top of the first….sandwiching the feather ends.  Trim / shape your feathers and make sure there are not feather ends poking through into the eyeholes.

Now you can decorate the mask however you want.  For mine, I attached silver sequins.  For Rylee’s, I drew in dots and added little black felt pieces to the corners of the eyes.  Next,  you need to make a beak. On my mask template that you downloaded, there is a beak shape that you can use to trace onto your felt.  Just like you did with the mask shape, cut out two identical beaks using felt and glue them together (just to make it more sturdy).  Then wrap the felt with orange fabric to create the beak, securing it with glue.  (it’s amazing all that you can do with a hot glue gun!)  I tacked the beak down with a needle and thread to the bottom of the mask.

Last thing you’ll need to do is add elastic!  This all sounds more confusing than it actually is!  You should be able to make one mask in 20 minutes if you have all your supplies ready.

Happy Halloween!  We celebrated over the weekend, so I’m not sure what we will do on actual Halloween. (I posted some more photos here)  Hopefully we’ll just eat too much candy and watch a couple cheesy scary movies.  What are your plans?  Be sure to comment with links if you decided to go DIY this Halloween!  I’d love to see what you made!


  1. Tania

    It´s fantastic!! Your Rylee is lovely you have a beautifull family! thank you for the great idea (I looove your blog) :)
    xoxo from Spain lovely Kelli!

    • http://www.insure.myfreeip.me/

      Aw, this was a really nice post. In idea I would like to put in writing like this additionally – taking time and actual effort to make a very good article… but what can I say… I procrastinate alot and by no means seem to get something done.

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  2. Loulou

    What beautiful masks you made! And your daughter’s costume is wonderful. It’s no wonder it will always be an all time favourite of yours!

  3. Stephanie

    This is definitely the most beautiful kids costumes I’ve seen. Wow! Rylee is a lucky little lady to have such a crafty mom. Love it!!

  4. ana {bluebirdkisses}

    I didn’t think you could get any cuter after the cat mask, but this is ridiculously brilliant. I love it! She looks so sweet. Definitely my favorite too!! and thank you for the wonderful cat costume idea!! we turned J into our fat cat minggis :D

  5. CK

    Adorable!! This came out so cute! I love the idea that you both are matching but slightly different.

  6. Lara

    I just have to thank you! I was in a major bind the night before halloween and had NO idea what to dress my little girl as, and i remember seeing your pictures on instagram. I found everything to make this for my little girl and we went as the white and black swan for halloween. It was the cutest costume i have ever seen, and we got compliments everywhere we went. You are so talented, thank you so much for putting this little tutorial together. It was so easy to follow. Thanks for being so inspiring!

    • kelli

      Thanks Lara! I am so glad someone was able to make use of my last minute tutorial!! I am sure you two were adorable swans! :)

  7. Vivian

    You really make some of the best costume ideas Kelli! You and Rylee both look fantastic and it’s an outfit I’ll have to bookmark! ;)

  8. Calah

    I bookmarked this when I was pregnant with my little one last year and now she’s 10 months old and I would love to make something similar for halloween this year. Do you mind explaining the actual costume part a bit more? I found little information on the Martha Stewart site. How did you attach the boa? Did you actually use a leotard or a onesie? I’m having trouble finding a leotard in her size, so I figured I would use a long sleeved onesie with a larger short sleeve one over that has the boa attached. Anyway, if you have any tips and do not mind sharing, that would be terrific!

    Thank you,

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  10. Mike

    This sounds relaly tasty! I have gotten into freezer prepping crockpot meals. One Friday a month I will make like 8 freezer bags worth of crockpot meals. I just put all of the ingredients into a gallon size ziploc and freeze. Then I pull it out the night before I want to use it and let it thaw in the fridge. In the morning I just plop it into the crockpot and go. This is perfect for a morning hater like me. I think this recipe would actually work pretty well for that. Thanks Chrissy!

  11. Caroline

    As the mother of a toddler who is obsessed with the idea of being a white swan ballerina for Halloween, thank you for the inspiration!


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