I started off this best homemade Peacock costume with a dance leotard that my daughter had from a recital.  I got the feathers from friends and an online resource.

Steps to make the tail:

1. Get a sturdy plastic oriental folding fan

2. Measure a 2″ satin ribbon to fit around your (or child’s) waist, and cut to size, PLUS 3 inches

3. Hot glue the ribbon onto the fan so that it is even on both sides.

4. Hot glue 1″ of Velcro to each side of the ribbon, starting 1/2″ from the end

5. Start hot-gluing the feathers onto the fan, making sure that the colorful “eye” is facing toward you.

6. Continue gluing feathers, cutting 2-3″ from the quill each layer, until you get a full and colorful tail

7. Once your feathers are all glued on, work on your leotard.  My leotard had a tutu already attached, but you may need to make one yourself.  There are a lot of tutorials online for that.  Have your child try the leotard on and the tail. The tail is very light, but made of feathers and the slightest wind will catch the top and make it fall over.  I solved this by finding 2 picture frame hooks, and gluing them onto the tail, measuring first where her shoulder blades were on the leotard.  I marked on the leotard where I placed the hood on the fan, and then sewed loops of thread (thick thread) where her leotard was marked.  Then, you hook the thread onto the loops after Velcroing the ribbon, and you’re ready to go!

8. For her little hair piece, I used Crayola Model Magic, made a rectangle, painted it blue, and put in the little feathers. Once it dried, I glued the model magic onto a hair clip.  VOILA!

NOTES:

* I found a tutorial for her eye makeup on YouTube.  Just search PEACOCK MASK MAKEUP and you’ll find it

* I found her earrings at Walmart, also on clearance, but I see them everywhere.

* I got her shoes on clearance at Target, but black shoes would look just fine.

* although this is literally “light as a feather” it does not fare well in crowded areas or windy weather.  My daughter had to “side shuffle” a lot.  The tail is 6 FEET wide!