Creating Lovely For Less

How to make DIY Paper feathers (Step by Step Instructions)

 

Tools and materials you will need

Scissors

Edge scissor (optional)

Glue stick

Assorted sheets of paper

Embroidery needle and crochet or other thread for hanging feathers

 
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Construction Paper Feather

Three layers of construction paper were glued together to create this symmetrical feather.

 

INSTRUCTIONS

Step 1. Cut a piece of paper in a rectangle about the size of the feather you desire. If using multiple layers, cut or fold and glue together and let dry.

Step 2. For symmetrical feathers, fold the paper in half and cut out a feather shape. 

Step 3. To create asymmetrical feathers, fold the paper slightly off-center. Cut out and shape sides separately. To form irregular edges, cut out portions of paper at uneven intervals on both sides. 

Step 4. Unfold and make diagonal cuts from edges to near the fold line.  

Step 5. To hang feathers, near the bottom of the feather, at the center, pierce a threaded needle through one side. Bring it up through again to the opposite side. And pull the thread through until it lies flat; bring both ends together and tie a knot. That will create a loop.

TIPS For feather place cards, if you plan to write on them, make shorter cuts from the edges toward fold line.   

Feel free use whatever paper type or sizes of paper you have on hand. That works great for variation. Let’s say you plan on displaying your feathers in a large group. Or you wanted to fix them to a background and hang them on a wall. Having different sizes will be a definite plus. 

For use as gift tags or place cards, one layer of cardstock or paper of similar weight paper is suitable. First, I tried a two-layer feather and I was happy with the results. Then, I added another layer and I liked it better; so, experiment. 

If you have them, try using edge scissors. They create an ideal guide on the sides of the feathers. And it allows you to make uniform slices that imitate a feathered look

Note: They work best on stiffer papers even when they are brand new. The way you hold your paper and scissors while cutting into feathers is personal. It's also a comfort issue; think left-handed vs right-handed. There is no wrong or right way.  What’s important is cutting direction. Maintain a slight downward angle as you cut. 

See the images above at right and below left. 

I tend to cut into the paper for the bottom up. So, the tip of my scissors is on an angle toward the bottom of the feather.

 
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Gift Wrapped

This is the result of a construction paper feather fused between two layers of gift wrap.

Fast and simple paper feathers

No ostrich or peacock feathers here; only quick and easy DIY paper feathers to go. I favor side-stepping the time-consuming projects because I love fast results. Without rushing, but being brisk, here’s the fastest way I know to make paper feathers. I’ve focused on two types, symmetrical and asymmetrical. They are perfect for adding pops of color to your decor. And you do not need a template to make them. 

Simplicity is great. And it feels greater when it helps me to fast forward. That way, I move from inspiration to the finish line in a jiffy.

 
 

Layering and fusing papers

My eyes are always probing creative materials. And during one of my routine trips to the dollar store, a package caught my eye. It was construction paper. But unlike the usual muted colors, these were clear and vibrant. Too, the paper cost a bit more. I picked it up and found it was a bit lighter than Bristol board. You might know it as poster board. And after making my first test feather, I was so glad I bought it. 

You’ll find using a glue stick to fuse construction paper or other types takes up minimal time. Two to three layers of construction paper make a firm feather. I’ve used it for a few reasons. It's easily accessible, it costs little, and it makes awesome feathers. 

Everyday papers make great paper feathers

Newsprint, parchment paper, computer or printer paper, and everyday papers make great feathers. In an upcoming segment, we’ll explore making feathers with white and off-white papers. 

I love strong colors. But I lean towards white color schemes. It emits calm and balances the insistent activity between my ears. 

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If the LORD will, see you next time.