Well, I don't believe there is a more beautiful, exotic animal on this earth than the colorful and flamboyant Peacock! So, I thought...what a great costume idea! I got online and went crazy buying tons of "CRUELTY FREE" peacock feathers, and hit up the craft stores for other fake feathers.
I just bought a padded black tank top and the hot glue gun became my new BFF! I literally just started hot gluing piece by piece each feather (I cut most of the peacock feathers down to just the "eye") in a pattern that I thought looked pretty and tada...my top!
Then I took about a 10in long by 5in wide piece of cardboard and attached (by hot glue!) the 10-12in long full peacock feathers in a fanned patterned about half way up the cardboard, leaving the bottom half empty. Then the bottom half just slide underneath my tank top in the back leaving just the feathers exposed.
For my skirt I bought black, purple, and turquoise tulle and made a tutu by cutting strips of each color and tying them to a piece of elastic my waist size (there are tutorials of tutu making on Youtube...SUPER easy!!) Then I found a peacock feather strand of garland at Michaels and tied that around my waist and let it hang down the back.
For the head piece I just hot glued some feathers on one of my daughter's barrettes. I paired all of this with some fish net stockings, sweet shoes from eBay, blue hairspray, and funky makeup and there ya go!
This year I decided to make my costume since I work at a zoo I love seeing the peacocks so decided I wanted to make a Home Made Peacock Costume.
I bought 50 peacock feathers from eBay for about 25 dollars. I then glued the features to a piece of card board, I made two vertical cuts to weave through a elastic belt I bought for about 7 dollars at Wet Seal. I added cooking skewers (that you can find at your local drug store) to the cardboard for support and on the back of the card broad I added some black feathers so that the cardboard wasn’t showing.
I cut the peacock feathers down and glued them to black paper so that the feathers are flat and won’t get damaged. I added these feathers to my shirt around the V-neck. I also took a cheap headband and put 4 of these feathers and glued them to the side of the headband.
I wanted to be a peacock for Halloween but I had to be different so I decided to go as the NBC peacock. The Homemade NBC Peacock Costume was extremely easy to make.
I cut out foam board in the shape of the NBC peacock feathers and sprayed glued the feathers on the foam board. I cut 2 holes out in the bottom/base of the board and looped a ribbon through it which I then looped through the belt loops on my shorts. This is easy until you need to use the bathroom (hence I would recommend a skirt). For the body, I wrapped and pinned white feather boas all around me. To top it off, I created the NBC sign and just like the background foam board, I looped this sign onto my belt loops on my shorts.
And done! The entire costume cost around $40-$50. Well worth it as I won best overall costume at the Halloween party.