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The peacock is one of the most beautiful creatures in the world. Their bright and colourful feathers make them a beloved bird in many cultures. The stunning beauty of peacock feathers has captivated humans for quite some time. Peacock feathers are easy to collect because they lose them naturally every year during the molting season. In different cultures, peacock feathers symbolise different things. Although they are often associated with pride, they can also symbolise good or bad luck.

DIY Craft Essential #1: Washi tape

You'd be surprised at how many things you can do, and how many tutorials out there are obsessed, with washi tape. The versatile paper tape with adorable designs makes great wall decor, paper crafts or can even spruce up your furniture.

DIY Craft Essential #2: Needle nose pliers

This tiny tool is great for small projects. "This is not only your go­-to tool for opening and closing jump rings, bending wire, and securing crimp beads and ribbon ends, but pliers are also great for cutting through jewelry chain and wire," said Morin.

Greek Mythology

In popular Greek mythology, the peacock is associated with Hera. Legend has it that the peacock was created from Argus, a giant who had hundred eyes. It is believed that Hera transferred the eyes of Argus to the tail of the peacock so she could keep an eye on her unfaithful husband. The peacock became a sacred bird to the Greek civilisation and therefore only the priests had the permission to handle the bird. Any other person could be put to death for defying the sacred tradition. For this reason, it was believed that the possession of peacock feathers or having one at home would bring bad luck.

Egyptian Mythology

Peacock feathers symbolise the 'all seeing' knowledge which is an ancient symbol of immortality. The Egyptian mythology is closely related to the Greek mythology except the fact that in Egyptian myth, the feathers were also used in funerals. It is believed that these feathers symbolised resurrection which meant that the deceased was not really dead and would be reborn. As a result of this, people started associating the feathers with death and eventually the original association with rebirth and immortality was forgotten. Hence, peacock feathers were regarded as an omen of doom and people dreaded keeping them in their homes.

DIY Craft Essential #3: X-acto knife

If you love stationary crafts, jewelry crafts or any delicate work -- you'll need a proper cutting tool. Not all scissors can do the job. "Remember first using scissors and cutting along the dotted lines in grade school?" Morin asked. "Hopefully, you’re attempting more challenging crafts as an adults."

DIY Craft Essential #4: Spray paint

Acrylic paints are also great for any DIY starter kit. However, if you're looking for a perfect, seamless finish on your furniture, art and home decor -- make some space to spray. It doesn't hurt to keep some cans in your favorite colors (as long as you store them properly).

Hindu Mythology

In Hinduism, peacocks are associated with goddess Lakshmi as their feathers are believed to represent qualities such as patience, kindness, good fortune and luck. The peacock is also said to be the bird of lord Krishna who wore its feathers in his hair. Even today, many Hindu gurus use the bird's feathers to deliver 'shaktiput', the blessing to their disciples.

Christianity

Because peacocks lose their old feathers and grow new ones every year, they represent eternal life, renewal and resurrection in Christianity. In general, the bird itself represents the 'all seeing' church as well as the sanctity and holiness associated with it. During the earlier times, Christians believed that the bird's blood had the power to dispel evil spirits. This bird is also one of the animals that appear in the stable in Jesus Christ's nativity.

Buddhism

When peacocks spread their tail, they display everything and therefore their feathers are associated with openness. The feathers are also used for purification ceremonies in Buddhism.

Eastern Europe

In some areas of Eastern Europe, peacock feathers are believed to bring bad luck as they were worn by the Mongol warriors. For this reason, they are never kept inside the home. Many other cultures and religions place special significance in the peacock feather. There are several other myths and legends which surround the peacock. In some, they are believed to bring good luck, while in others they are seen as bad luck.

DIY Craft Essential #5: Painter's tape

Painter's tape is "perfect for for attempting the c​olor block trend," said Morin. Plus, you'll need something to keep your projects neat and tidy, no matter what type of paints you use.

DIY Craft Essential #6: Hot glue gun

There are some tools that are too functional not to have. "This is one DIY workhorse tool you shouldn't do without," said Morin. Hot melt glue works on a variety of materials.
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