Sunday, August 31, 2014

DIY Vintage Feather Garland

I love this simple, yet colorful and fun feather garland. The orange, yellow and browns of our garland take me back to the 70s and 80s, and the make-believe games of yesteryear, making it the perfect garland for a kid's bedroom or play area. You could spruce this garland up a bit for the holidays though, using all white or sparkly feathers. Peacock feathers would be beautiful as well! There are so many possibilities!

Materials needed:
-gold wire
-basic wiring tools

The easiest way I found to attach the wire to the feathers, is as follows... (If you "click" on each picture, the wiring is much clearer when it's enlarged.)

For each feather, you'll need a piece of wire about 1 1/2 to 2 inches long. 


Wrap one end of the wire twice, making a small loop.

About 1/2 an inch from the other end of the wire, wrap the wire once, folding the excess wire around the back of the mid-section. (Much easier to see in the picture than it is to explain!) Bend the loop you first made, so it's perpendicular to rest.

To attach the wire to the feather, thread the end of the feather through the bent loop. Bend the loop, back down so it's laying more or less flat against the feather, holding it in place. On the opposite end of the wire, hold the loop still while you wrap the excess wire around the feather. Repeat with each feather.

I've pictured multiple feathers in their completed state. As you can see each wiring job is a little different, adjusting to the various lengths and widths of the feathers' ends.

The last step is certainly the easiest...thread the feathers onto your string and hang! 

Our feather garland is hanging above the little one's play area. The brightly colored feathers are constantly in motion, gently dancing as the air moves around the room. I love how it catches WB's eye while she's playing on her back, taking in her surroundings. Where will you hang your feather garland for the whole family to enjoy?

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