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How to Make a Majestic Peacock Costume

Posted in DIY, Fall: Seasonal Decor and Crafts
on October 27, 2017

Make this majestic peacock costume with layers and layers (and layers) of stiff tulle, all attached to a modified long skirt with an elastic waist.

peacock costume

 

Halloween is a BIG deal around here! We throw an annual Halloween party and spend the entire month of October preparing for it. Putting together fun tablescapes and making props and costumes is my jam and each year, I look forward to hearing what my kids have dreamt up for their costumes. The year my daughter decided on a dressing as a peacock, I didn’t even bat an eye (well, maybe one), before diving head first (into what, I had no idea) into making her the most majestic peacock I could!

peacock costume - side

PS. Don’t let the number of steps intimidate you – it’s not difficult, I just wanted to make sure the tutorial was very clear!

peacock costume - full back

How to Make a Peacock Costume

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To make the skirt, you will need:

Other accessories for the costume: 

Adding the plumes

  1.  Cut your tulle “plumes.” Double each piece by folding each piece of tulle in half lengthwise.
  2. Turn your skirt inside out.
  3. Starting about 6″ down from the waist, attach the fold-line of 11-12 full-length tulle strips on the INSIDE of the skirt. Alternate colors and overlap the edges slightly.  Your plumes should reach somewhat below the hem.
  4. Attach a second row of 4 or 5 full-length tulle strips about 6″ below the first row, from the right side hem toward the center. Repeat on the left. Mark these rows with chalk – you will use this row in step 12.peacock costume - attach side pieces
  5. Starting 10″ from the hem, attach a row of short length tulle strips (about 11-12) on a diagonal to the right side seam. Repeat on the left.
  6.  Add a second row of short length tulle strips (about 11-12) on a diagonal, starting 12″ from the hem, near the center skirt, down to the right side seam.  Repeat on the left.
  7. Attach a row of (10) strips along the side seam from the bottom up on the right side. Repeat on the left.
  8. Turn the skirt right side out and lay flat, back of the skirt facing up.
  9. Attach the fold-line of 11-12 full-length tulle strips to the waistband line along the center of the BACK of the skirt. Alternate colors and overlap the edges slightly.  Your plumes should reach somewhat below the hem.

Finishing up

  1. Turn your skirt to the front.
  2. Starting at the center, and ending at the side seams (halfway), pull the hem of the front of the skirt up to the waistband and attach (the inside of the skirt will be visible), gathering as necessary.  Turn your skirt over.
  3.  On the right, attach the front to the back, by gluing or sewing the hem of the tulle strip marked in step 4 to the center of the back of your skirt. Repeat on the left, meeting the two sides in the middle.peacock costume - attach to center
  4.  Attach a row of tulle around the entire waist of the skirt.
  5. Cut the foam ball in half and poke the peacock tailfeathers into the top of one half.
  6. Glue the foam ball half, flat-side in, to the back of the skirt, using the flap where the two sides meet as a pocket.

You’re done! 

peacock costume - front

Fluff and arrange the tulle “plumes” before wearing. Add a mask and gloves and strut around like a peacock! I know that’s exactly what my girl did – as did I for making it!

peacock costume - mask

peacock costume - mask on

I hope you’ve found this tutorial useful – please, let me know if you have any questions, or, if you make this costume, I’d love it if you shared your final result with me!

peacock costume-back

 

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The Potted Ladies {Potted Hand Halloween Prop}

Posted in DIY, Fall: Seasonal Decor and Crafts
on October 24, 2017

Looking to make a fun and creepy Halloween prop for your upcoming party or Halloween decor? These elegant potted hands are simple to make and will surely be a conversation piece with everyone who sees them! 

Halloween Prop - creepy potted hand

Everyone who knows me – or anyone that walks by my house – knows Halloween is one of my FAVORITE holidays. I love Halloween so much that we’ve hosted a large, annual Halloween party for our family and friends for the past seven years! After seven years it’s important to me to keep my Halloween decor fresh while still reusing props from year to year – I’ve not won the lottery lately! This year was no exception. This year, I have a super fun, ridiculously simple, insanely creepy Halloween prop to share with you – my elegant Potted Ladies – Potted Ivy, Potted Jasmine, Potted Daphne and Potted Belladonna.

Hand Prop - Halloween Prop

 

They’re all happy to meet you and are all dying for you to make some friends for them!

Are you ready? On with making our potted hand Halloween prop!

How to make a Potted Lady Hand Halloween Prop

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Materials Halloween Prop

For this project you will need:

A coffee can
Some burlap or distressed looking muslin
Floral foam
Potted lady labels printed on white cardstock
Two craft sticks
A plastic hand
Black acrylic craft paint and a brush

Here is how to make your Potted Hand Halloween Prop:

Prepare the pot:

1. Remove the coffee from the can if it’s not empty and put aside for later use. Remove the label from the can.
2. Roughly measure the burlap against the can and cut a strip long enough to wrap around the circumference, leaving about an inch of overhang on the top.
Halloween Prop - add burlap pot cover
3. Use your hot glue gun to glue the burlap to the can.

Prepare the hand:

4. To you prepare the hand, begin by painting the fingernails a coordinating color to the plant. For example, I used Green for the Potted Ivy and blue for the potted Jasmine. Allow the polish to dry.
5. Using black acrylic paint, randomly paint streaks on the fingers and hand, then remove most of the paint with a paper towel. Allow to dry.
6. If you would like to change the position of the hand, use a heat gun to mold the plastic hand. Be sure to use safety when doing this! The plastic is usually very thin and melts quickly.
7. Insert a craft stick into the bottom of the hand.
Put it all together:
8. Insert a piece of floral foam into your burlap covered can, ensuring that it has a snug fit.
9. Insert the craft stick into the bottom of the hand, then into the floral foam, arranging your hand until you’re pleased with the position.
Hand Prop - Halloween Prop - add moss
10. Arrange the spanish moss around the hand, covering the floral foam.
11. Print and cut out the labels onto heavy card stock. Attach each label to a craft stick and insert into the floral foam.
12. Enjoy your prop!
potted ladies Halloween Prop - Jasmine
Of course, I made some labels for these beauties for you. You can download them here by subscribing to my monthly newsletter – no spamming, I promise!
halloween prop labels
So what do you think of my lovely ladies? I hope you enjoy them! These props take very little time at all and are perfect for Halloween parties – they were a huge hit in my Halloween display!
Potted Hand Halloween Prop

How to Make a Funky Patterned Halloween Pillow

 

Yay! Yes, it’s the first Tuesday of the month which means it’s Create With Me time. Whew, this year is just flying by, isn’t it?
Halloween Pillow - Felt
This month you voted for us to create with felt! As soon as I heard felt was the material, my immediate thought was to create another felt pillow just for Halloween.  We all know how I love Halloween and throw pillows – why not marry the two? You know what else I love? Geometric patterns. So, I decided to throw #seewhatIdidthere  that in there as well – for a Geometric Halloween pillow – let’s get started!
Halloween Pillow - cut squares
Oh, before I forget to mention, be sure to read to the end of this post for more felt crafting ideas from my friends. We will NOT be voting on next month’s materials – The Create with Me group is taking a break for the holidays! But, don’t worry, we’ll be back with more fun projects in January.

How to Make a Funky Patterned Halloween Pillow

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To make a 10″ square pillow you will need: 

Three pieces of 12″ x 12″ felt in different colors

Two pieces of 12″ x 12″ felt in the same color – this will be the front and back of your pillow

Stick pins

Hot glue and glue gun

Yarn in black and white

Yarn needle and sewing needle

Large Pompom maker

Sewing machine

Thread

Scissors

10″ x 10″ Pillow Form

 

Directions

1 – Cut out the felt squares

Cut 12 – 2″x2″ squares from three sheets of felt, each a different color. Once in squares, cut triangles diagonally across each square, creating 24 triangles. Leave the other two sheets of the felt uncut.

2 – Arrange triangles on base

It took me a minute (or ten) to wrap my head around how to repeat the pattern but eventually figured it out. To make sure you don’t have the same issue, I created a pattern cheat-sheet that you can download! Begin laying the triangles on the base, pinning as you go, following the pattern.

3 – Sew triangles to the base

Halloween Pillow - sew pieces on

Use a sewing machine to sew through the center of each square. Then, use a hot glue gun to secure any loose edges of the triangles.

4 – Create the pompoms

Create four pompoms by hand or using the large pompom maker, leaving the tails long enough to sew and tie off inside the pillowcase

5 – Sew the pillowcase

Position the patterned side of the pillow base to the other whole felt piece and sew a 1/2″ seam around the edge of three sides. Sew the first 2″ of each side of the 4th side, leaving a pocket to insert your pillow form.

6 – Attach Pompoms

Use the yarn needle to push the tails of each pompom through the four corners of the pillowcase and tie off in a knot on the inside.

7 – Insert Pillow form

Turn the pillowcase right side in and insert your pillow form.  Stitch the opening with needle and thread.

Enjoy your Halloween pillow!

This was a fun little project that brings all of the fun and funkiness of Halloween to my home. I can’t wait to pull out the rest of my directions to finish off my Halloween decorating!

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