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Princess’ Peacock Costume

My friend Princess de la Rosa had her mind set on being a peacock this Halloween and she did a fabulous job of hand-crafting her costume. To make the signature peacock tail, she started with an ordinary paper and bamboo fan. She cut out a piece of cardstock in the shape of the paper portion of the fan when open. She hot-glued the cardstock on to the backside, and had her canvas to work with. She then layered peacock feathers on the framework until she achieved the full look she wanted. She used gold-sequined elastic to construct straps for the feathered fan and glued them in, covering it in cut flat felt. Here’s a view from the back:
And here’s a shot of it from the front. Her back would be to this side and she would put the straps on like a backpack:
To finish the outfit off, she took two bright blue boas and glued them onto a band of fabric to craft the peacock’s skirt. She added additional sequined accessories to tie the look together. She looks perfect! And this is a shot from the test run only. Can’t wait to see her tomorrow in full regalia.

8 thoughts on “Princess’ Peacock Costume

  1. Janet says:

    Very cute idea! do you know where she got peacock feathers? I have only seen them sold singly and they are pricey.

  2. p's mama says:

    it’s gorgeous… it’s amazing… it’s super creative…
    ok, i may be biased but it really is awesome!!!
    btw, great article, goli!

  3. Kat says:

    It’s beautiful! I love the colors and the ingenuity!

  4. princess de la Rosa says:

    I purchased the feathers at two different places, Micheals Arts and Crafts and Sequoia Floral Supply in Santa Rosa.
    At Micheals, I was able to find a pre-arranged wand of 5 peacock feathers adorned with a few other kinds of feathers for $4.99. There I also found a bunch of 10 back peacock feathers for the same price.
    At Sequoia Floral Supply, the have bunches of 10 peacock feathers for $6.99.
    The feathers I used for the bottom are dyed feathers which you can find at most arts and crafts store for under $5 a bag.

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I'm a word nerd who loves to geek out on how emerging technology affects the lexicon. I was an editor on the first 40 volumes of MAKE, and I love shining light on the incredible makers in our community. In particular, covering art is my passion — after all, art is the first thing most of us ever made. When not fawning over perfect word choices, I can be found on the nearest mountain, looking for untouched powder fields and ideal alpine lakes.

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