How to Make a Peacock Tail Costume

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A peacock costume can vary from a simple dress or sweatsuit to an elaborate costume decorated with feathers, a fake beak and custom slippers that simulate a peacock's three-toed feet. Whether you choose a simple or complex costume, the brightly colored tail feathers are a vital component to making your costume recognizable. Once the peacock tail is finished, you can pair it with any type of clothing -- even street clothes -- and still have an impressive costume to show off.

Things You'll Need

  • Plastic folding fan
  • Newspaper
  • Hot glue gun
  • 40-50 Peacock feathers
  • 6-gauge craft wire
  • Belt
  • Pliers
  • Arrange the feathers in a way that creates a look you are pleased with. You will copy this layout when you actually glue them to the fan.

  • Open the fan and place it on a work surface covered in newspaper.

  • Draw a vertical line of hot glue on the fan with a hot glue gun. Use the plastic supports in the fan as a guide when applying the glue.

  • Press a peacock feather into the hot glue immediately so that the bottom of the feather is just above the bottom center of the fan. The top of the peacock feather will extend far above the top of the fan.

  • Continue to glue peacock feathers to the fan until you are satisfied with the appearance and fullness of your peacock tail. Let the hot glue dry overnight.

  • Thread a piece of 6-gauge craft wire around the middle of one of the outer arms of the plastic fan. Don't be afraid to push the wire through the fabric of the fan if necessary.

  • Lay the peacock tail on top of a belt with the right side of the tail facing up. Wrap both ends of the craft wire around the belt and twist the ends together with pliers to secure the peacock tail to the belt.

  • Repeat the last two steps with the opposite outer arm of the plastic fan. The peacock tail can be attached to any costume by wearing the belt.

Tips & Warnings

  • Avoid using wood and paper folding fans as the base of your peacock because they are not as sturdy and may fall apart while you wear the costume.
  • Create a more chic, elegant look by covering the fan and lower parts of the feathers with fabric like satin, velvet or tulle.
  • Keep the fan from closing by gluing a foam block to the rivet end.

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  • Photo Credit peacock image by Jo Ann Koch from Fotolia.com
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