Thursday, September 29, 2011

Dinner Party Centerpiece Idea......Paper Feathers

Need a stunning centerpiece for your dinner table?  How about a bushel of something interesting in your foyer?  These are not only simple to make but once you get in the groove, you'll find that making them can be therapeutic as well.   Try different shapes or painting them with water colors before you cut them.  There are all kinds of things you can do with this technique.  Did I mention that you can make these for pennies each? 
Roll of craft paper
Elmer’s glue
20-gage wire
Wire cutters
Tape (any kind)
STEP 1:  Cut out a piece of craft paper that is 18” long by 7” wide and fold in 1/2 lengthwise and cut out the shape of a feather.  Tapered to a point at the bottom and rounded at the top.  Do this with the paper still folded so the feather is the same on both sides.

STEP 2:  With the paper still folded, start making small slanted cuts very close together to about 1/2 from the fold. SUGGESTION: The closer your cuts are together the more feather-like your plumes will become.

STEP 3:  Next you will make the shaft by rolling a piece of 2” x 5” craft paper in a long tube and gluing the end of it to keep it together.

STEP 4:  Cut a piece of wire the length of the feather and glue about 1” of the end of the wire in the smaller end of the shaft.

STEP 5: Lay the wire in the crease of the feather and glue down.  

If the wire is hard to manage then tape it in place with some very small pieces of tape until the glue dries.

When the feather is dry, gently curve the wire like you see in the photo.  About 5 of these makes a terrific arrangement.  More.....Even better! 
Paper feather beauty shot
 A little inspiration.
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  1. This is such a cool idea. I've been seeing feathers around the web lately. What an easy way to make your own.

  2. Making these with old sheet music of pages from old, damaged books would be brilliant.