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This year I wanted to be a peacock for Halloween.  I drew inspiration from a costume I saw online and decided to recreate it.
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Step 1: Start with the tail

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I used uncut, three-foot peacock feathers to create the tail (the crowning glory of the costume!). I purchased the feathers online in bulk.  The tail required 96 feathers in total.

Step 2: Create the Tail - Part 1

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To create the tail - Part 1: 
1. Glue three uncut feathers vertically on top of each other to simulate the spray of a real peacock's tail
2. Glue two of those sets back-to-back so that it would look the same from the front as well as the back

Note: Once these two steps are complete, you should have a stalk that contains 6 feathers.

Step 3: Create the Pail - Part 2

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To create the tail- Part 2:
3. Glue the feather bunches into a fan shape onto black poster board
4. Cut the poster board into a "Y" shape.

Step 4: Create the Tail - Part 4

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To create the tail - Part 3
5. Apply a backing to cover the ends of the tail feathers.  I used a glittery black card stock to give it more of a polished look.
6. Wrap black tape around the base of the "Y".

This fan of feathers was then able to be slid in and out of the inside of the top back of my corset (so that I could get in and out of a car!), and stand straight up in a perfect fan the entire night!