I made this Homemade Peacock Costume in about 2 weeks. I sewed on roughly 60-70 black feathers to the top of a dress that I got on sale at the mall. I made the tail using about 50 peacock feathers and a marabou folding fan. I made sure to keep the fan movable so I could wear the tail up or down. This was a pretty difficult task because the feathers made the fan a little bulky.
All the feathers made the fan into one solid piece that didn't move, so I cut the fan in half so the 2 halves could fold one on top of the other when the tail was down. When the tail was up, I made little tabs with snaps to keep the 2 fan pieces together. There are also snaps that connect the tail to the straps on the back of dress for extra support. It's held on by a string around my waist.
I also created a mask using feathers, rhinestones, ribbons, and a wooden dowel. It was hard work, but totally worth it!
I got my inspiration for this Homemade Feathered Peacock Costume from a beautiful feathered Christmas ornament the year before. I started by ordering the feathers online. I then hunted for the bluest dress I could find. I hot glued the feathers to a piece of cardboard and then covered both sides with duct tape for reinforcement.
I bought a cheap belt that was hard enough to hold everything firm. I covered the belt with fabric to match the dress. Once it was on I had someone tuck the feather panel into the back. I hit up the Mac counter for the bright eye shadow pigments and brushed a bit on my lips. The belt buckle was simply a piece of cardboard painted blue with some scraps of feathers hot glued on.
The most expensive part of the costume was the feathers. They were about $30 for 50 of them. It was definitely a better deal to order them in bulk than to buy them individually. The costume was a show stopper!
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I had been thinking about this Homemade Peacock Costume for more than a year, and finally made it happen. I used a dress I got 2 years ago, that had the perfect color for the costume. I got around 80 peacock feathers that I fixed on cardboard with hot glue, and then covered up the base with fabric and made a giant gold bow in the back.
Finally, I made a hat with a plastic headband and a jam pot lid as a base, with peacock feathers and a small veil. Overall it probably took around 30 hours to make, because I am a little perfectionist.
I think it was a success, besides the fact that it wasn't very convenient for a crowded club night. The tail was very large and the feathers fragile, so I had to be careful when walking through large crowds. I had a lot of fun and can’t wait until next Halloween!
My daughter wanted to be a peacock princess for Halloween. I ordered 50+ peacock feathers from eBay and hot-glued them to a folding hand fan. I sandwiched the fan between two pieces of cardboard and hot-glued some straps to the cardboard so she could wear it as a back pack.
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