Talk about being resourceful! While we're all for recycling, we thought DIY cardboard box costumes made for eco-friendly costumes — that is, until we spied a peacock costume the fine folks at Shutterfly made primarily out of photo prints. You read that right — the costume you see above is made from nothing more than feathers, printed photos, a leotard, and a headband. And here's the best part of all: it's really easy to create (though it does take some time), and the process can be used to create almost any costume you can imagine. So if you want to create a truly unique costume this Halloween, the first step is to pull out your camera.
Don't believe us? Keep reading for the step-by-step directions.
What You'll Need:
- 50-100 4x6 feather photos (exact number of feathers dependent on leotard size)
- 40 4x6 body feather photos
- 25 5x7 feather photos
- 40 8x10 feather photos
- 1 scalloped circle paper punch
- 1 leotard
- 1 headband
- 3 small pieces of wire
- 1 glue gun (low temperature is fine)
- 2 bags of glue sticks
- 1 roll of glitter ribbon
- Scan photo of feather, and order photo prints.
- Cut out feather prints.
- Use scalloped paper punch to cut body feathers.
- Scallop the edge of your foam-core board for the top of your peacock feathers.
- Poke four holes — two on each side of the foam-core board — to thread ribbon through so the costume can be worn.
- Using a glue gun, attach individual peacock feathers to the foam-core board, and make sure the larger feathers are at the top.
- Using a glue gun, attach the scalloped paper punch body feathers to the leotard.
- Wrap headband with ribbon. Start by gluing one end to the inside of the headband.
- Take three of the smaller feathers, and back them with wire so you can pose them. Wrap each around the headband.
- Take two of the leftover scalloped circle-punched feathers from the bodice, and fold them into themselves to make a blossom for the headband. Glue the blossom in front of the wired feathers.