DIY-namite: let’s create

November 1, 2006

Peacock Costume

Filed under: holiday — by marieann @ 2:40 pm

Body Shot

I know it’s too late for you to make a costume this year for Halloween but there’s always next year (thanks Google!) or a themed celebration. This is a great costume because it looks very homemade and people will appreciate the effort you put into it.

Large piece of cardboard
10 pieces of white typing paper
Peacock feathers
Green/teal/blue clothing
Blue eye shadow
Long piece of ribbon

Cardboard knife
Paintbrushes (small and medium)
Stick glue

1. Curve the edge of the cardboard so that it makes a rounded plume. Cover the cardboard in white typing paper so that you can paint on it.
2. Draw teardrop shaped plumes all over the paper. Paint them in! I found it easiest to paint all the centers dark blue, then all the light blues, etc. Finally, add some gold wispies around the centers.
3. When it’s all dry, hold up the plume to your back and mark a hole beneath your armpit and above your shoulder near your neck for both arms. It is important that these are very close together. The ribbon can always stretch but if the holes are too far apart than the cardboard won’t stay straight on your back.
4. Thread ribbon thru the holes and tie them in the back to hold the plumes on your back.

Plumes Closeup

5. Wear blues/green/teal clothing. I wore a teal sweater, green skirt, and blue stockings.
6. Paint your face! Don’t forget dark blue eyeshadow!

Face Paintin'

7. Pin feathers in your hair standing up like real feathers.

Painting Closeup



  1. Fun costume! I really like it. Just remember to use cosmetic grade face paints or you may run into other problems. Thanks for the idea.

    Comment by ageekgirl — January 18, 2007 @ 6:46 pm |Reply

  2. The first time I ever did a face painting I didn’t have cosmetic paints so I just used acrylics and I’ve never had a problem with it.

    Comment by HB — January 21, 2007 @ 9:20 am |Reply

  3. When I was a boy of fourteen my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years.

    Comment by Profound Bastard — July 17, 2007 @ 2:11 am |Reply

  4. I do not fear computers I fear the lack of them — Isaac Asimov

    Comment by paunchy heir — October 20, 2007 @ 5:53 pm |Reply

  5. Great post, will come back again soon.

    Comment by tutthugmine — May 20, 2009 @ 6:08 pm |Reply

  6. `*. I am very thankful to this topic because it really gives great information `”.

    Comment by Zoe Murphy — January 24, 2011 @ 9:04 pm |Reply

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