On a recent trip to one of my favorite hobby stores I came across a beautiful feather tree. I thought to myself that is so cute, but I don't want to pay the price they are asking - and after all, I do have chickens, so feathers are plentiful around the farm. I looked closely at the tree to see how it was made and then decided to make one myself - complete with decorations.
I bought a styrofoam cone which was what they used to secure the feathers. I also bought mini-birds nests from the papercrafting section and mini-birds from the floral decorating section. I purchased glitter glue as well because the tree I saw had all of its feathers edged in glitter. I ended up opting not to glitter the tips of my feathers.
I chose to create a white feather tree like the one I saw. I could have done a mix of feathers, but really felt the white feathers were the best choice. Because feathers come in all sizes and there was a need to secure some of the smaller feathers to the tree, I also grabbed the Elmer's glue bottle. After all, Elmer's has been the glue of choice for crafts for many years.
I set up my work table with the glue, feathers, styrofoam and a pair of very dull scissors. You see, I need to curl the ends of the feathers. I could have used a butter knife or other blunt object but the scissors I chose were so dull there was no chance of me getting cut. I then picked up a feather at a time and pressed the bottom quarter of the feather against the blade of the scissors. I pulled the feather across the blade until it was curly enough to suit me.
Once I was satisfied with how the feather looked - and believe me you are going to get little bits of feathers all over the floor during this process - I inserted the feather into the styrofoam cone. I started at the bottom making sure the curl of the feather touched the bottom of the table. As each row was finished, I went on to the next row. I slowly worked my way up to the top of the cone - layer by layer.
As I noticed areas that looked a bit sparse, I filled them in by gluing some of the smaller feathers into place. I made sure to curl the tips of those feathers as well - and let me tell you, it was a tedious process.
Once the entire cone was covered in white feathers, I inserted a glitterly snowflake into the top of the cone. I also inserted some small feathers into the top of the cone with the tips facing upward to create a peaked look. You see my styrofoam cone was flat on top to start with. It was the only one I could find so I had to make do.
The next step was to decorate the tree. I inserted the birds into the side of the nest using florist wire. I then wrapped the florist wire around a bamboo skewer I had cut into fourths. I made sure the end of the skewer was covered by the bird nest and then secured it with a bit of Elmer's glue.
After the glue dried, I inserted the other end of the skewer into the styrofoam pressing it in far enough that the birds and their nests looked like they had been built on the tree itself. I continued to add birds and nests until I was satisfied with how the tree looked.
That's all there was to making this cute feather tree. If you decide to make one (or maybe you already have) I'd love to see some pictures!
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