After perusing Pinterest, I pulled together a few ideas, then enlisted the help of my mom to create this Halloween peacock costume for my daughter. I’m posting the tutorial below.
1 large piece of blue poster board
9 pieces of aqua felt
6 pieces of bright blue felt
4 pieces of gold felt
3 pieces of dark blue felt
about 2 feet of elastic
blue faux feathers
You can create the basic shape of your tail-feather-piece out of a large piece of poster board. Fold the poster board in half first, because you’ll need two identical pieces. Then, just cut two semicircles, suitable for the size of your child.
I needed about 18 individual felt feathers for each side of the tail-feather-piece and cut each of the felt pieces by free-handing each of the four shapes. The idea came from this tutorial. That’s 144 pieces of felt, but each one took only about a minute. It was all done in one nap time. Next, assemble each of the 36 feathers by gluing the 4 felt pieces together.
I glued blue faux feathers along the top of one of the poster board semi-circles, then glued my felt feathers in a pattern I liked. Now, the back of the tail-feather-piece is complete. For the front of the tail-feather-piece, use your second poster board semi-circle and poke two holes where you want to place the elastic arm loops to secure the costume on your child’s back. Make a loop of elastic for each of the child’s arms and tie a knot on the back of the poster board to keep the elastic from slipping out of the hole. (I held the poster board up to my daughter to get a good idea of where I wanted to place my holes and how long the elastic needed to be). Now, you can glue your remaining felt feathers onto the poster board in order to create the front of the tail-feather-piece. When you’re happy with it, glue the two pieces of poster board together, sandwiching the elastic knots in the middle. The tail feather is done!
a toddler-sized, plastic, aqua headband
2 aqua pipe cleaners
6 aqua pom poms
I cut each pipe cleaner into three pieces, then used a hot glue gun to attach the pom poms to the pipe cleaners, and the pipe cleaners to the headband.
(Optional) Tutu supplies:
1/4 yard of 4 different aqua/blue colored tules
comfy elastic for the waistband (we used aqua colored)
(optional) sparkly ribbon
aqua thread for sewing machine
I’m can’t accurately list the steps to create the tutu, because that’s where my mom’s came in. My skill set is limited to cutting and gluing, and she did all of the sewing. I can say that we folded each quarter-yard piece of tulle in half in order to create a bit of bubble in each layer (except the top layer of tulle which was not folded in half–it’s actually just 1/8 yard with ribbon sewn to the hem). If you don’t have a grandma to help and aren’t interested in sewing, I think this costume would be great without the tutu, or you could buy a pre-made tutu as well.
My daughter is wearing a tee from Target (I picked up both a long and short-sleeved version, since I wasn’t sure what the weather would call for) and a pair of sparkly leggings that we found at a second-hand store. Happy Halloween, friends!