How to make DIY Paper feathers (Step by Step Instructions)
Tools and materials you will need
Edge scissor (optional)
Assorted sheets of paper
Embroidery needle and crochet or other thread for hanging feathers
Construction Paper Feather
Three layers of construction paper were glued together to create this symmetrical feather.
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; let dry.
Step 2 For symmetrical feathers, fold paper in half and cut out desired feather shape.
Step 3 To create asymmetrical feathers; fold 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 fold line.
Step 5 To hang feathers: Near the bottom of feather at center, make a loop by piercing threaded needle through from one side to other; and through again to opposite side. Pull thread through until it lies flat; bring both ends together and tie a knot.
If your feathers are are going to be place cards and you plan to write on them, make shorter cuts from 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. Regarding layout, having different sizes will is 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 feathers; allowing 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 and more of a comfort level issue; think left-handed, right-handed. There is no wrong or right way. What’s important is direction; maintain a slight downward angle as you cut.
See images above right and below left.
I tend to cut into the paper for the bottom up. So, the tip of my scissors is angled toward the bottom of the feather.
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 sidestepping time-consuming projects because I love fast creative 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.
I love simplicity; especially, when it helps me to fast forward from inspiration to finish line.
Layering and fusing papers
My eyes are always probing creative materials and during one of my routine trips to the dollar store, I noticed a package labeled construction paper. But unlike the usual muted colors, these were clear and vibrant and the paper cost a bit more. I picked it up; it’s a bit lighter in weight than Bristol board/poster board. After making a test feather, I’m so glad I made that purchase; it was a great buy.
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 makes a firm feather. I’ve used it for a couple reasons: it’s easily accessible and cost little.
Everyday papers make great paper feathers
Newsprint, parchment paper, computer/printer paper and everyday papers make great feathers. In an upcoming segment, we’ll explore making feathers with common place white and off white papers.
I love color; though I lean towards white. It emits calm and balances the insistent activity between my ears.
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