Peacock Ornament

Peacocks are traditional Hindu symbols of good luck, prosperity and the cycle of time. Make your own metallic-coloured model as a Diwali decoration.

Peacock Ornament

Skill Level


Time to Make

1.5 hours + drying time for clay + paint

Adult Supervision Needed


How to Make

  1. To make the peacock’s body, roll a piece of air-drying clay into a 4cm ball. Roll it out gently with your fingers to make an 8cm long, tapered one end. Curl the clay to make an ‘S’ shape, with the thinner end for the head. Press the base of the body onto your work surface so it stands up. Pinch the thin end to make it into a pointed shape for the beak.
  2. To make the tail, roll a 3cm ball of clay then flatten it into an 8cm circle. Press the circle onto the body, near the back, then shape around the edge of tail with a modelling tool to make it wavy. Press the tail firmly at the sides where it attaches to the body.
  3. Position the tail so it stands up. Press a small, flattened clay circle at the bottom of the tail then use a modelling tool to blend the clay with the body to help strengthen the tail and hold it in position. Shape 2 small clay pieces for wings then press them onto the body.
  4. Leave the clay to dry overnight. Support the tail with a small box or cardboard tube if it bends over.
  5. Paint the peacock metallic green and blue with a gold beak and wings. Leave to dry.
    Paint a wooden coaster gold, or use another colour if you prefer. Leave to dry.
  6. Glue the peacock onto the painted coaster. Stick gems onto the peacock’s tail and around the coaster. Glue wiggle eyes onto the peacock’s head.
Peacock Ornament Peacock Ornament Peacock Ornament

Top Tip

To join pieces of air-drying clay together, add some water to stop the surface from drying out too quickly. Always keep air-drying clay wrapped up in the packaging until you need to use it.

Tagged with: