Peacock Feather Fan on a Cool DIY Peacock Costume
Well let me just start by saying that I love, love, love Halloween! It is absolutely without a doubt my favorite holiday. Every year when I feel that first cool crisp autumn breeze and begin to smell the vague scent of fall that lingers in the air. I then know that it is time once again to pull out the decorations and to get started on new ones, including my costume.
This year I had a theme that I was supposed to follow for work, circus freaks, but I just couldn’t get the idea of being a peacock out of my mind. I began to search online for ideas for a Peacock costume but I just couldn’t commit to one, until I came across a web page of old circus posters that included one of a peacock lady. Hooray! I get to be what I wanted) so I went online and begin to look for feathers. After all, you can’t have a peacock without the feathers. I found a place to purchase my feathers www.ostich.com where I ordered 400 peacock feathers of various sizes. I knew it probably cost me a pretty penny but I didn’t care, I wanted to make this costume and besides I could wear again if I wanted to.
So now I have my feathers now what? I needed something to attach them to. I knew exactly what I wanted; I just had to hunt one down. I needed one of those big oriental wall fans. I began my search at Goodwill, Salvation Army, thrift stores and nothing! Oh no what do I do? What any girl does, I called my mom. After all, she is the thrift store queen. Well as luck would have it she didn’t need to go very far at all to help me, she had one hanging on her wall over her hot tub. I must say I did feel very guilty for taking it but who am I to argue with my mother? Not like I could win anyway. So I now have feathers, a fan, I need the clothing part.
I knew exactly where to go for that. Fredrick’s of Hollywood of course! They always have many different corsets to choose from and this year I lucked out, they just happened to have the perfect color turquoise corset and matching skirt. After a few quick trips to Jo-Ann fabrics and Michaels arts and craft store to pick up a few little extras the headpiece I wore in my hair. I spray painted the fan an opaque green and let it dry for a few days. Then the pain staking task of hot gluing the feathers to the fan began, it took me almost two weeks of staying up late and a two day all nighter to get them finished. I actually finished my Peacock costume the day I needed to wear it.
All the time and effort paid off. I got so many compliments on the costume. It now hangs on a wall in my home, anxiously awaiting for its next night out on the town, after all being a peacock is all about being flashy and showing off!