Our neighborhood has a flock of about 200 peacocks. They've never come to our street; they hang out a few blocks away. We see them almost every day as we head to school or the park. The people in our neighborhood network are divided into two distinct groups: those who love the peacocks (us and everyone in our immediate area) and those who hate the peacocks (those who actually have peacocks in their yards, on their roofs, blocking their driveways, etc.). It's possible that if I were regularly cleaning up peacock droppings and watching them eat my landscaping I might not love them as much as I do. But since I love the peacocks, I decided to make a paper plate peacock. Affiliate links below.
Paper Plate Peacock
- blue paper plate
- acrylic paint (navy blue, turquoise, light green, grey)
- foam brush
- googly eyes
- light blue feather
Use a variety of greens and blues to create a background. The colors should radiate from the center out toward the edges.
While the plate is drying, cut a pear shape from the chipboard to make the body of the peacock. Paint it dark blue. Cut the scraps to make a tiny triangle beak and long, skinny legs. Paint the beak and legs grey.
Use your pointer finger to dot light green evenly on the plate. These will be the peacock's eyespots, so they should radiate outward as well. When the light green is dry, use your pinkie finger to put a dark blue spot onto each green fingerprint.
When everything is dry, it's time for assembly. Use a hot glue gun to attach a feather to the back of the peacock's head, then glue the bottom of the body to the edge of the plate. Glue the legs underneath that same edge. Add the googly eyes and beak. Here's a side view:
I really do love peacocks.