3D Paper Craft Peacock 
Watch Your Little One Smile With This Special Home-Made Birthday Gift

3d paper  craft peacock
final peacock

Once I was on a Safari tour with my friends, really wanting to spot a Tiger. Instead, I spotted a Peacock, which took me back to my school days, when I once prepared a 3D paper Peacock.

I could never forget that day because I had received 5 stars for my perfect and well-finished creation.  It was then a great feeling embedded with sense of achievement.

Realizing that I still enjoy making crafts but at a larger scale, I wondered why I should keep presenting my loved little-ones with the same age-old, instantly-bought gifts? Why not try something creative and easy to make, that would also give them a sense of specialness?

One of the creative ideas of 3D paper craft Peacock just popped in my mind like it flies with vast feathers in the skies, although peacocks don’t fly so high! I promptly set out to create one and presented it to my toddler niece, to which she was overwhelmed.

Following are the steps and procedures I undertook to create a 3D paper craft Peacock.

Materials you will require:

  • Colorful Tinted papers or some decorative thick papers
  • Color Sketch pens or Markers
  • Scissor
  • Glue or Adhesive
  • Eyes or buttons or you could simply paint
  • Pencils
  • Protractor or round object to create circles
  • Ruler (Small or big as per your convenience)

Tip: You can use realistic colors of a peacock or you can choose creatively. It is not essential to use green and blue; using other bright colors could also add variety to your creation.

Supplies

Time of Preparation: 20 to 30 minutes

Grade: Moderate

Procedure:

  • 1st Step:- We shall create 5 feathers viz., three green and two blue. There will be two sizes for green and one for blue.

Measurements:

Green: Big feather – 7 x 27 cm, the length of 27 will be further divided into four parts of 10 cm, 6 cm, 10 cm and 1 cm. (1 cm is used to fold, paste and help finish the perfect shape of feather)

Small feather –7 x 24 cm, four parts of 9 cm, 5 cm, 9 cm and 1 cm

Blue: Two feathers– 7 x 23 , four parts of 9 cm, 4 cm, 9  cm and 1 cm.

To prepare the train of feathers, I first choose green paper and draw the measurements using pencil or you could use a print too.

draw the measurements using pencil

Cut it neatly.

Cut it neat
Cut it neat

Fold it at the last 1 cm part

Fold it at the last 1cm part

Paste it by an adhesive, to create a perfect first feather.

Paste it by an adhesive

Similarly, I repeat for Blue feather as per size mentioned above.

Blue feather

Cut it neat and paste them.

Cut it neat and paste them
Cut it neat and paste them
all feather

  • 2th Step:- Let’s prepare feathers on saddle. I chose yellow paper.

Draw two circles of proportionate size. The measure would be 3 cm radius.

Neatly cut the paper.

Draw two circles of proportionate size
Neatly cut the paper.

Fold both at the centre, to make a crease and appear as seen in the images.

Fold both at the centre
Fold both at the centre

Now, let’s draw some animated feathers. I use blue sketch-pen to draw numerous feathers.

draw some animated feather
draw some animated feather

3th Step:-. Now let’s create some life into this 3D paper craft peacock. 

Draw the shape of head on yellow paper. 

Draw the shape of head on yellow paper.

Cut carefully.

Cut carefully.
Cut carefully.

Paste the eyes on both the sides. You could paint them too, as it suits you.

Paste the eyes on both the sides


  • 4th Step:-. Add one more saddle to deliver a fat torso to the peacock.

Pick ochre-yellow paper, draw a circle larger than the previous size of feather. Let it be the measure of 5 cm radius. Use protractor or any round object for perfect drawing. Cut it and fold at centre.

Add one more saddle
Cut it and fold at centre.

Paste the previous feather on this big saddle, as shown below.

Paste the previous feather on this big saddle
Paste the previous feather on this big saddle


  • 5th Step:-. Paint the beak red, some feathers on nape and neck and accentuate wherever necessary.
Paint the beak red

Draw many C shapes to appear like a pattern of feathers.

paint some feathers on nape and neck
paint some feathers on nape and neck

Paste the beautiful head of peacock in between the saddles, at the edge.

Tip: Paste it in such a way that it develops a curvy outline from neck to his chest.

Paste the beautiful head of peacock
Paste the beautiful head of peacock

  • 6th Step:- The crown is significant part for the king of birds. Draw the shape on blue paper, cut it very cautiously and paste it on the head, as instructed in the images. Use the template of head of the peacock to draw the crown.
Draw Crown
Cut Crown

Do create two so as to paste it on both the sides

paste it on the head


  • 7th Step:- Draw the feet on red paper, cut it. 
Draw the feet
Cut the feet

Paste it on the smaller saddle feathers, as shown below

Paste it on the smaller  saddle feathers
Paste it on the smaller  saddle feathers

  • 8th Step:-  As all the body parts are done and ready to be joined together, paste them one by one. Use pencil and ruler to help ease the working procedure.

Tip: Paste gently and carefully to avoid any harm to the other parts.

Firstly, paste the saddle with head on the big green feather’s tapering edge.

paste the saddle with head
paste the saddle with head

Then, paste the two blue feathers on the green one, again at tapering edge, on both sides.

paste the two blue feathers on the green one
paste the two blue feathers on the green one

Paste the two small Green feathers on the edge of Blue feathers on both sides.

Paste the two small Green feathers

  • 9th Step:- After I see the finished product I realize it is indeed easy to make a 3D paper craft peacock.
see the finished product

  • 10th Step:- Draw the eyes of the train-feathers using red sketch-pen, carefully, without putting any pressure on them. How beautiful this Peacock - the special home-made birthday gift turned out to be!

Tip: You could also use small circle-shaped cutouts with a dark mark at the centre and paste them throughout the feathers.

Draw the eyes of train-feathers

How to gift:

Pack the finished 3D paper craft Peacock in a gift-box with some shredded paper or newspaper cuttings to give it a padded and decorative surrounding. Then, surprise your loved one.

There are various ways to keep it at your home or workplace, too. You can place it on the table or you could hang it using a decorative thread. 

While hanging make sure you tie the thread at right spot so as to avoid it leaning on one side and not appear clumsy.

I thought of preparing the thread using my leftover papers themselves, to see how the creative 3D paper craft peacock dangles.

Gift pack
hang it using a decorative thread
hang it using a decorative thread






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