Wild at Heart Feather Wreaths

DIY Wild at Heart Feather Wreath

Home is where this Heart is this Valentine’s Day. Express your love and fall head over heels with these handcrafted Wild at Heart Feather Wreaths. With several different ways to use feathers and feather products…the possibilities are endless! Be sure to also check out our past Valentine’s Day DIY tutorial here.

Materials:

  • Styrofoam Heart
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Push Pins

Wild at Heart Feather WreathSTEP 1.

Begin wrapping the ribbon around the heart wreath. We used 3 yards total for the larger wreath. This will vary depending on the size of the wreath. When you get to the center of the heart cut the ribbon and glue the end onto the wreath. Repeat this step on the opposite side of the wreath until it’s completely wrapped.

wild-at-heart-feather-wreath-step1-collageSTEP 2.

Cut feathers to desired length. The length you trim off the feather may vary depending on the size and style of the wreath.

Wild at Heart Feather WreathSTEP 3.

There are several fun & different ways to arrange your feathers. On our larger wreath we glued the feathers down in a tight color coordinated pattern.

Wild at Heart Feather WreathSTEP 4.

On our second smaller wreath we chose to flip the feathers up and glue them down in a loose color coordinated pattern. Using push pins can be handy to help hold your feathers in place as you are assembling.

Wild at Heart Feather WreathSTEP 5.

As a finishing touch, you can glue a feather boa to the back of the wreath to add a little flare

Wild at Heart Feather WreathSTEP 6.

Last use a push pin and some glue to attach a loop of ribbon to make a hanging tie at the center of the wreath.
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DIY Feather Necklace

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The biggest party of the year is just around the corner…Ring in the New Year and add a touch of glamour to your outfit with a fancy feather necklace!  Our DIY Feather Necklace tutorial will show  you a simple and creative way to try something new this holiday season!

Materials:

  • White Parried Turkey Feathers (TRPS8-.50YD)
  • 1 Applique
  • Mag Tac Glue
  • ½ YD of White Bias Tape
  • Needle & Thread
  • Clasp
  • Needle Nose Pliers
  • Scissors

Product Skus:

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Directions:

STEP 1.

Cut the strung turkey feathers to desired length. (Your measurements will be different depending the applique you are using). We used 4 inches to compliment our applique.

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STEP 2.

Cut a piece of folded bias tape to desired length to wrap over the ends of the strung feathers.  We cut a 4 inch piece of 1 inch bias tape and then cut three slits 1 inch apart.  Cutting the slits will allow you to curve the shape of the strung feathers to the shape of your applique.

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STEP 3.

Glue the bias tape over the edge of the strung feathers on both sides. You will need to curve the shape of the strung feathers to the shape of your applique. Apply glue to the back of your applique and gently press the applique onto the edge of the bias tape.

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STEP 4.

Sew chain on the each side of the applique. (You may also use ribbon)

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STEP 5.

Use your needle nose pliers to add a clasp on one end of the chain, and the metal base hoop at the opposite end of the chain.

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Voilà, You’re done! Now go make a statement with your fancy feather necklace!

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Holiday Feather Chandelier

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Materials:

  • 2 Stripped Goose Nagoire Feather Boas (5-NSB60)
  • 6 Feather Floral Picks (FSGNPF2–W-OP)
  • 1 Package of Natural Peacock Swords (B460-25–N)
  • 1 Package Decorative Floral Twigs
  • 24” Wire Wreath Frame
  • 1 ½ “ White Ribbon Spool
  • Clear Fishing Line
  • 18GA Floral Wire
  • Wire Cutters

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STEP 1.

Wrap each boa around the wreath frame. Tie fishing wire throughout the boa to securely hold into place.DIY-Holiday-Feather-Chandelier-8

STEP 2.

Select your peacock feather swords and shape/curl as desired. Peacock swords are shaped best with a non-blunt or rounded edge (like closed scissors or pencil). Use the same technique you might use to curl ribbon for a gift. Trim off approximately 4-5 inches of each feather stem.DIY-Holiday-Feather-Chandelier-10

STEP 3.

Using clear floral tape,  wrap both peacock sword and feather floral pick together. Continue with all six of the feather floral picks. DIY-Holiday-Feather-Chandelier-13

STEP 4.

Evenly space each feather floral pick around the wreath (approximately every 4” ) .DIY-Holiday-Feather-Chandelier-15

STEP 5.

Trim decorative twigs and wrap each branch with a thin gage floral wire in order to wrap into the base of the floral wreath.DIY-Holiday-Feather-Chandelier-25

STEP 6.

Assemble the ribbon to hang the feather chandelier. First cut 3 pieces of ribbon equal lengths according to where you are going to hang the wreath.  Then Feed the ribbon thru the inner wire frame at 3 points spaced placed evenly (approximately every 8” on a 24”dia. wire wreath frame).  DIY-Holiday-Feather-Chandelier-18

STEP 7.

Next gather and bring the 3 ribbons to a point and staple them together. Fold the ribbon over leaving a loop so that it can hang from a ceiling hook and staple. You can also add a decorative bow to mask the stapled area. It’s now ready to hang…DIY-Holiday-Feather-Chandelier-27

Felt and Feather Dia de los Muertos Skull Broach

The vibrant and symbolic traditions behind traditional Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebrations (November 1st) are becoming more mainstream with each passing year, spreading from Mexico through the US and beyond. Among the most popular Day of the Dead icons are skulls and skeletons, which pop up everywhere on the days and weeks leading up to Dia de los Muertos. With that in mind here’s our whimsical Felt and Feather Dia de los Muertos Skull Broach project that you can DIY and wear to your local Day of the Dead cultural events.

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Materials:

  • Black Felt
  • White Foam Sheet
  • Black and White Netting or Tulle
  • Assorted Feather Packages and Trims from The Feather Place
  • Scissors
  • Broach Pin
  • Glue
  • Decorative Accents (Sequins, Glitter Paints, Buttons, Rhinestones, Foam Shapes , Small Silk Flowers..)
  • Printable Skull Pattern to use as a general reference. We used the Printable Skull Pattern below and shrunk it down to print at a 5×7″ photo . 💀

Cut out your white skull template so you can trace around for shape. Don’t worry, It does not need to be perfect. Continue and cut your skulls shapes out of the White Foam Sheet with an additional slightly larger piece out of the Black Felt Fabric.

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Glue on the White Foam Skull Shape over the Larger Black Felt Skull Shape.

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Arrange and glue your Feathers, Trims, Rhinestones and Decorative Accents onto the skulls. Have fun with this, There is no wrong way to do this. We encourage you to search Google images for inspiration!

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Glue the broach pin onto the back of the Black Felt and your done! Wear your Felt and Feather Dia de los Muertos Skull Broach to your local Day of the Dead cultural events.

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Feather Top Painted Pumpkin Holiday Decor

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Make your pumpkin last longer this year with paint and decorative feather embellishments. We created a pumpkin centerpiece that could be used for Halloween and Thanksgiving by using natural wheat stocks, dyed pussy willows, trimmed coque tails and dyed pheasant tail feathers.  With just a few easy steps, you can turn any pumpkin into your own masterpiece with so many color and style options.

Materials:

  • Pumpkin
  • Dried Wheat Stalks
  • Dyed Pussy Willow Stalks
  • Dyed Pheasant Tails
  • Pheasant Feather Wreath
  • Trimmed Bleached Coque Tails
  • Floral Picks
  • Spray Paint
  • Painters Tape
  • Scizzors
  • Wire Cutter

Product Skus:

  • BRN24–O ($8.64)
  • BRN24–GO ($7.50)
  • WRPH8N–N ($7.50)
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Directions:
STEP 1.
Tape the pumpkin. We chose a chevron pattern and used 3 different widths of tape. Pre-cut tape strips approximately 4-5 inch each. Tape lengths will vary depending on the shape of the pumpkin.

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STEP 2.
Paint the pumpkin. Many types of paint will work, we found spray paint be the easiest. Be sure the painters tape is pressed into all the grooves of the pumpkin before applying paint. Allow paint to dry.

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STEP 3.
Trim the feathers, dried wheat stalks, & pussy willows to desired lengths. For a well balanced floral arrangement, we evenly divided this material by cutting long, medium, and short pieces.

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STEP 4. Remove tape from the pumpkin carefully.

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STEP 5.
Pick the feathers, dried wheat stalks, & pussy willows. Use medium gage floral wire and cut into 4-5 inch pieces with needle nose wire cutters. Use clear floral tape to wrap around the stems and floral wire. Gather two or three of the wheat stalks along with the floral pick. Use clear floral tape and wrap around the end of the stalks and the top of the pick. Continue this process for the pussy willows and feathers, use desired amount. You will also need two picks 4-5 inch for your feather wreath.

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STEP 6.
Place the feather wreath on top of the pumpkin. Use two cut floral picks to press through the wreath and pumpkin to hold wreath in place. Then push the dry wheat picks into the pumpkin, following with pussy willows and pheasant feathers. You might want to add more or less once you see how the arrangement is coming along.

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Hello world!

WELCOME TO BETTER WITH A FEATHER! 

Explore our DIY art and craft projects made with feathers. From fashion and jewelry, home and event decor to kids camp and back to school crafts, Better with a Feather has DIY projects utilizing feathers for all ages and abilities .
Step by Step Instructions, Tips & Techniques, Videos and more…It is fun to craft and make art with feathers!
LIFE IS BETTER WITH A FEATHER!!!