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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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Chromatic Wall Clock

Posted in DIY
on April 1, 2016

This DIY starburst wall clock is inspired by one found at The Land of Nod. Not only adorable, this wall clock is an excellent woodworking starter project!

diy starburst wall clock
For those of you who’ve not been subjected to the swoon-worthiness of The Land of Nod, first, you’re missing out – second, think your favorite store or catalog, full of every one of your favorite decor items and some you didn’t know you’d love until you saw them. Now imagine that same store is for kids.

diy starburst wall clock - chromatic

I was asked by Melissa of Pig and Rabbit to join with a group of talented bloggers tasked with creating one item – any item – from the Land of Nod catalog. Please be sure to scroll to the bottom of the page for a look at some of the projects submitted.

I’m not a stranger to The Land of Nod inspired projects, nor is this the first TLON project used in my son’s room, but it’s currently my favorite TLON inspired project!

I chose to create a fun, 12-point star-shaped chromatic wall clock for my son’s room. This project was such a great learning experience for me – a great intermediate-beginner woodworking project. I’ve done some woodworking over the years, but I played with more tools, and gained more knowledge from this little clock than on anything else I’ve ever worked on!

diy starburst wall clock - make a pattern

The pattern was made on my Silhouette Portrait and pieced together, then transferred to a 17.5″, 1″ thick,  round.
diy starburst wall clock - jigsaw
Next, I used a router to cut out a large enough square to house the clock case, by tracing the clock case onto the back. I was so excited to be using the router that I didn’t concern myself with cutting a perfect square, as you can see! Next time, I’ll be using a guide now that I’m comfortable with the router – so proud of that!

diy starburst wall clock - router
I added a hole to the center of the routered box to accommodate the clock shaft and added a coat of black paint to the back and sides of the piece.

diy starburst wall clock- paint back

diy starburst wall clock - fix edges
Despite my best efforts, and taped off the front diligently, there was a significant amount of bleed-through. But nothing that a good sanding couldn’t help!

Once the clock base was complete, I moved onto the clock face. Once again, I used my Silhouette Portrait to create and cut out the stencil patterns in self-adhesive vinyl. Working with a few star points at a time, I applied the stencil and painted each in a different acrylic paint color.

diy starburst wall clock - begin painting

diy starburst wall clock - finish diamonds

Then, I applied the number stencils, ensuring each lined up appropriately, outlined each diamond shape using a fine black paint-pen and a ruler.

diy starburst wall clock - stencil
Then touched up where needed using a small brush.

diy starburst wall clock - touchup

Finally, the whole piece received two or three coats of clear glossy enamel.

diy starburst wall clock - clear enamel
Last steps, install the clock mechanism, hands and set the time.

And, of course, find the clock a home!

diy starburst wall clock - finished

diy starburst wall clock - closeup
diy starburst wall clock - gallery wall

I learned so much from this project and my son loves his new clock. If you decide to take on your own clock, please, drop me a line so I can see how it turns out!

Please visit these other Land of Nod inspired projects by some of my favorite DIY’ers!
diy starburst wall clock - feature

wall clock

 Hobnail House – Designer Inspired DIY Lighting
 Uncookie Cutter – Simple Toy Shelf Upgrade
 Pocketful of Posies – Rainy Day in Paris Play Tent
 Pig + Rabbit – Easy DIY Kid’s Table
 Knock It Off Kim – Chromatic Wall Clock
My Life From Home – DIY Wall Cubbies
Pin for later: DIY Chromatic Wall Clock 

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DIY Otomi Coasters

Posted in DIY
on February 4, 2016

otomi print coasters

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Hiya and welcome! Can you believe February is upon us? As dreary as winter can be, this one seems to be passing us by pretty quickly. Maybe I’m having more fun than I realize!
silhouette - otomi coasters
So, you know those cool electronic craft cutters.. the ones you can use to make vinyl art signs, and cut fabric? I have one, and I love it.  I received my Silhouette as a Christmas gift last year, and I can’t believe all the things I can do with it. Update: I’m now using a Cricuit Explore Air that I just LOVE! Check out my comparison post on the two machines!
When Cat at Pocketful of Posies invited me to participate in an Instagram and Blog hop, with a few friends, that would end with one of our readers winning their very own Silhouette; I couldn’t have been more excited!
Equally exciting is seeing these sixteen new ideas for using my Silhouette in the future.. all of which will make winter go by even quicker!
Hang out with me for a bit and be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom, where I’ll tell you how you too can be crafting right along with me on your very own Silhouette Cameo II!

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otomi print coasters - before
I decided to use my Silhouette to up-cycle a set of coasters I’d picked up on a thrift shopping trip eons ago. Half the fun was removing the contact paper pattern. Wait.. that wasn’t fun at all, but was unavoidable.I’ve used my Silhouette to cut stencils in the past, but I’ve not done many projects using vinyl. I decided on Otomi patterns for my coasters. I just love the whimsy and color of Otomi. The Otomi patterns I used were generously shared by Lena Corwin and are available for download on her page.

In addition to the Otomi patterns,  I used the following supplies:

After messing with the Otomi images to get them sized and placed as I wanted onto one sheet, I imported them into the Silhouette software. To import, go to the File – Import – Import to Library, saving the image into your Silhouette Studio.To select the area to cut, go to Object – Trace and select Select Trace Area. Choose the image you’d like to trace by dragging and highlighting a square over it. Click “Trace,” then drag the top layer of the image to the right.

otomi coaster - mexican embroidery print
Click on the original image and delete, leaving only the outlined image.  Next, you’ll want to set your cut settings. Click on Silhouette – Cut Settings. Set the cut style to Cut Edge and the Material Type to Vinyl.

otomi coaster - cut pattern with silhouette
Now you’ll need to prepare your Silhouette for cutting. To do this, ensure this blade is set to 1-3, depending on the age of your blade. Many people use the cutting mat for cutting vinyl – it helps to keep it from moving around too much and gives it a bit of stability. I did not do that this time, but I would recommend it in the future. Whatever method you decide, feed your vinyl into the Silhouette. Make sure you have a hair-tie handy. Just in case. What, everyone doesn’t do that?

otomi print coasters with vinyl stencil
In the software, click Send to Silhouette. These are the four designs I used for my coasters, as I cut them as one. As detailed as these cuts were, it took less than five minutes for the Silhouette to complete.

otomi coasters - cuttingcoasters

Here they are cutting – you can see the vinyl sliding a bit.

otomi coasters - cutting vinyl
Because I was using clear glass, I decided to use the relief of the Otomi pattern as my stencil instead of the animal cutouts themselves.

otomi coasters - removingbackground
Using the included hook tool, I carefully removed the shapes and images from the vinyl sheet, one at a time.
otomi coasters - transfer paper transferring design
Then, using a piece of sticky transfer paper, I lay the transfer paper over the vinyl, pressing firmly, and smoothed away any air bubbles.
otomi coasters - life image from transfer paper
When I lifted the transfer paper, the vinyl was arranged perfectly.
otomi coaster - vinyl image on tile
Laying the Vinyl side up onto the glass tile, again, I applied pressure and smoothed it over to ensure no air bubbles and pulled away from the transfer paper, leaving the vinyl stencil adhered to the tile. Just like magic.
otomi coaster - add paint with pouncer
Now it was time to paint. Using a spouncer, I applied a thin layer of paint to the stencil. Let it set for 15-minutes – and remove the stencil. Leaving it any longer will result in removing not only the stencil but also the paint. Pretty frustrating! Allow the paint to air dry for one hour.
otomi coasters - bake to set paint
Place the coasters in the cold, filthy and archaic oven, paint side up, and set the oven to 350F. When the oven reaches 350F, bake the coasters for 30 minutes. Turn off the oven and allow the tiles to cool in the oven.
otomi coaster - finished otomi coaster
Apply felt circles to the corners of the paint side, and your coasters are ready to use!

I love the pop of color and fun they add!Now onto the good stuff! First, do check out my friend’s blogs and projects. It is truly an honor to work with such talented women, and you are sure to find something that catches your eye!

Pocketful of Posies – Sultry and Saucy One of a Kind DIY DIP Cups
Hobnail House – Silhouette Craft Blog Hop: Cut Vinyl Art Upcycle
In The Loop – How to Create a Silhouette Using the Silhouette Cameo
Craving Some Creativity – Silhouette Project Challenge: Distressed Laundry Room Sign
DIY Passion – Cheeky DIY Tote Bags that will Make You Smile
Domestic Ability – Paper Boxwood Wreath
Our House Now A Home – A Silhouette Giveaway and Creating New Wall Art
My Life From Home – Silhouette Challenge: What’s Cooking? Recipe Holder
Holy Craft – How to Use a Photograph to Make a Custom T-Shirt with Your Silhouette
Knock it Off Crafts – DIY Otomi Coasters using a Silhouette Machine and Silhouette Giveaway!
One Project Closer – DIY Princess Party Decorations
Dream Design DIY – Chalkboard Workout Calendar and Silhouette Giveaway
The Country Chic Cottage – Makeup Organizer
Refresh Living – Custom Word Throw Pillows with Vintage Fabric
The Deans List – Scalloped Milk Glass for Valentine’s Day
Tried & True – “Life Is Good” Bicycle Lover’s Tee

Tastefully Frugal – Valentine’s Day/St. Patrick’s Day Reversible Sign

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