Cotton-wrapped florist wire
Embroidery floss, twine, or yarn
Small piece of plastic
Have you shopped for feathers at a craft store? I don’t know about your local place, but as for mine, the selection is not grand. My store carries just the long, stiff, too-colorful feathers, made for a child’s headdress, or the soft, colored feathers, of which no two ever seem to be identical. It makes it hard to do certain crafts. So, if you’re like me, you went online to look at feathers, and nearly wept when you saw the prices. Do what I did: dry your eyes and make your own feathers. You’ll be able to create all of the jewelry, fashions, and home accents, that your heart desires – cheap.
So, you’re back from the store with ordinary supplies, like florist wire and embroidery floss. You’re all set to get creative! Not only will your homemade feathers be stunning, but they’ll be as large or small as you want, as colorful as you like, and perfect for any project that you have in mind.
Cotton-stem wire is sold in the florist department of a craft store; cut a piece to be as long as you want for the finished feather. Use a glue stick and apply some glue to one end of the wire. About a half-inch from the end, start winding the embroidery floss, and wind it all the way to the other end. Wind it back to the end where you started, apply some more of the glue stick at the very end, turn and wind the other way, and wind down about a half-inch. Glue the end in place and clip it. The quill for the feather is made.
Measure down about a half-inch from the end of the covered wire and start tying on pieces of embroidery floss. Cut pieces to be about three inches long, center each piece under the wire, and tie it onto the quill. Tie tightly once; do not tie into a knot. Tie on the embroidery pieces, pushing one right up against the previous one, until you get all the way to the end of the quill.
Pour liquid starch in a bowl and soak the feather in it. Remove the feather, squeeze out the excess starch, and lay the feather on a plastic bag. Shape it and smooth it; an old comb can be helpful. When the floss has dried, trim as you want, to create the shape and size of the feather.
Try making other feathers with yarn, baker’s twine, or jute. You can even write on the finished feathers with paint markers to color them how you will. You’ll love the feathers for projects like earrings, homemade wreaths, or dream catchers.