I love peacocks. So, naturally, I wanted to be a peacock for Halloween. When I went online to purchase a Peacock Costume, all I could find was one style that was completely cheesy (think $10 Vegas showgirl costume with painted on feathers, yuck). So I just decided to make my own.
First, I picked out a greenish-blue dress that was already hanging in my closet. It was the perfect color for what I was looking for.
Second, I needed the feathers for the tail. I was originally going to buy individual feathers and fashion them into a fan shape. As I was brainstorming how to get them to that shape I thought of using a decorative fan and just glue the feathers to it. Then the light bulb went off! I just looked on eBay and found a decorative fan made with the feathers already! (Not to mention that cost me $20 premade and very thick with feathers when feathers easily cost $1 each and I would have to put it together.)
Third, I had to attach the feathers to my dress. So I just bought a pretty silver belt and slipped it through the middle of the feather fan. I just belted it high on my waist. The belt also made it easier to take on and off when riding in the car or whatnot.
Last, add silver shoes, peacock feather earrings, blue eyeshadow and a little dose of glitter and VOILA! homemade peacock costume!
My daughter wanted to be a peacock last year for Halloween but I couldn't find a costume that I liked or was willing to pay for. That forced me to make one for her but it turned out so cute and she was the only peacock around. She got so many compliments on this Pretty Peacock Costume. It was pretty simple and cost about $35 total.
I started with a black leotard and black tights that we already had and added jewels to the leotard. I got some tulle in the same colors and cut it in strips and sewed it to sequined elastic to make a tutu. I got a few peacock feathers and some green grass to fill out the tail. I cut a piece of cardboard in a rectangle and folded in half. I hot glued the feathers and grass in the middle so it was like a sandwich with the feathers sticking out of the top.
I then covered the cardboard part with black material and added black elastic for two shoulder straps. It was then a backpack that she could wear and take off in the car or inside. We also added some of the jewels to the back of the backpack with hot glue. We finished with face paint and black sparkly shoes and it was done!
I made this Peacock Costume for my daughter Ashley. You start with a basic crushed velvet leotard and sew on approx. 5,000 sequins beads. Then hot glue the feathers in rows you can choose any color feathers you'd like. We ordered real peacock feathers. Take Styrofoam circle and paint it black, and attach Velcro to the the leotard in back (centered with your child) and also on the circle to attach.
Make holes in Styrofoam circle for each individual peacock feather. Add a pair of pantyhose and black shoes and your done. She did have a beautiful peacock feathered mask to go with this but she didn't like the feel of the feathers on her face.
It took us 4 months to make it, but for people who can dedicate time to this costume, it shouldn't take long at all. Hope you all like it.