1 Oct

Every year the birds molt.  They lose different feathers at different times.  Sometimes they just lose a few feathers, and sometimes they do a full molt (and look horrible).  Each year the peacock loses his long tail feathers.


My mom uses them to make dreamcatchers and earrings that we sell at the farmer’s market.

making dreamcatchers

Mom showing a young lady how to make dreamcatchers at the farmer’s market

He loses a lot of little fluffy feathers with the brilliant colors, and she uses them too.


Those long feathers that point and don’t have an eye are about the only ones she didn’t use for something.  We kept telling her she needed to figure out what to do with them.


Well, she’s a creative genius!  She turned them into butterflies!

peacock feather butterfly

She’s put magnets on them.  She’s also put them on Indian corn as decorations.

peacock feather butterfly

I am pretty impressed with her ideas.

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28 Responses to “Peafeathers”

  1. TexWisGirl October 1, 2013 at 1:56 pm #

    oh, that’s pretty cool!

    • Teresa October 1, 2013 at 2:08 pm #

      Thanks! I have a very creative mom. 🙂

  2. Mick October 1, 2013 at 3:29 pm #

    Beautiful birds and feathers and very creative uses of the feathers which have molted.

    • Teresa October 1, 2013 at 3:41 pm #

      Thanks. You have to do something with all those feathers!

  3. Pat October 1, 2013 at 3:45 pm #

    Lovely idea. So that’s where you get your creativity!

    • Teresa October 1, 2013 at 4:03 pm #

      Her whole family is very creative! My dad’s is too.

  4. Robyn October 1, 2013 at 4:18 pm #

    Peacock feathers are pretty! I love seeing the peacocks “strut their stuff” too.
    Neat project for your Mom and you to do together, Teresa. I bet she loves sharing her creativity.

    • Teresa October 1, 2013 at 4:30 pm #

      I pretty much stay away from that and just let her do her thing. 🙂

  5. Eileen October 1, 2013 at 4:36 pm #

    Your peacocks are gorgeous! What a great idea making a butterfly magnet with the feathers. Awesome!

    • Teresa October 1, 2013 at 5:00 pm #

      She’s so creative like that! I’m glad I get to benefit from it. 🙂

  6. tingsgrove October 1, 2013 at 5:30 pm #

    Oh I do enjoy peacocks and you shared some lovely images…their feathers are quite beautiful!

    • Teresa October 1, 2013 at 5:42 pm #

      Thanks. They are quite stunning!

  7. Sallie (FullTime-Life) October 1, 2013 at 5:41 pm #

    Brilliantly creative,

  8. Karen, Pixel Posts October 1, 2013 at 6:19 pm #

    You have a very clever mom!

    • Teresa October 1, 2013 at 6:29 pm #

      I certainly think so!

  9. Pondside October 1, 2013 at 6:26 pm #

    I can see where your creativity comes from. Those are lovely!

    • Teresa October 1, 2013 at 6:29 pm #

      Both of my parents are quite creative in completely different ways. I’m lucky to have them.

  10. hopesquires October 1, 2013 at 7:52 pm #

    Wow — what fun ways to use peacock feathers. Does the peacock seem sad after he molts?

    • Teresa October 1, 2013 at 8:27 pm #

      He just gets busy growing them back, so he’ll be beautiful by spring. 🙂

  11. Alica October 1, 2013 at 7:57 pm #

    She’s really creative! I remember as a girl, how thrilled I was to see a peacock feather. They are beautiful!

    • Teresa October 1, 2013 at 8:28 pm #

      They really are. I remember that awe as a kid. It’s kind of sad to be so used to them that I don’t have that thrill anymore. I do still appreciate their beauty though. 🙂

  12. Gemma Wiseman October 2, 2013 at 1:30 am #

    So love peacock feathers. Always look mystical to me. Your Mum creates beautiful art with them.

    • Teresa October 2, 2013 at 6:39 am #

      She really is very talented. I love those magical eyes on the feathers!

  13. EG CameraGirl October 2, 2013 at 9:56 am #

    Peafeathers are perfect for butterflies. I doubt I would have thought of that. How creative!

    • Teresa October 2, 2013 at 9:57 am #

      They really did work perfectly!

  14. Gunilla Bäck October 2, 2013 at 1:42 pm #

    The butterflies are lovely. What a wonderful way to use the feathers.

    • Teresa October 2, 2013 at 2:13 pm #

      I was quite impressed. It’s nice to be able to find a use for those feathers too.

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