10th Jan2014


Tips on How to Make Paper Feathers

by Dinah Wulf

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The other day I was staring at my scrapbook paper scrap bin (say that three times fast) while my daughter and I were messing around in the craft room. I picked up a piece of paper and started cutting. A paper feather was born two and a half minutes later. Before you know it, I couldn’t stop. I have no idea what I’m going to do with these paper feathers but I did notice some things when I was crafting them SO here are some Tips on How to Make Paper Feathers.

First, here is how you make them. You only need TWO things!

  • Paper and
  • Scissors

I searched through my paper scraps for long and narrow pieces like these.

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Next, fold them in half lengthwise.

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Cut out your feather as shown. It doesn’t have to be perfect.

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Start cutting your fringe in an angle. The angle can vary.

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Carefully unfold your feather.

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Now for some tips and considerations…

Tip #1: Consider different colors, patterns, paper weight, and textures for your feathers. The lighter the paper, the more flimsy BUT the more realistic too. Patterns and textures are fun to play around with too.

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Tip #2: Consider the length and width of your scrap paper. The shorter the paper, the wider your feather and vice-versa. Play around with varying lengths depending on your project.

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Tip #3: If you are using one-sided decorative paper, consider the fold of the feather. They both are interesting and pretty!

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Tip #4: Think upcycle! Not only can you make feathers out of paper scraps, but you can also reuse recycled book pages, magazines, sheet music, or even your child’s artwork!

Now that I’ve made all these feathers, I need to figure out what to do with them! Wreath? Gift wrapping embellishments? Artwork? Any suggestions? Hmmmm…

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Dinah has a Master of Arts Degree in Speech Communication from California State University Fullerton. She is a Curator for Style Me Pretty Living, a Blogger at Earth911 and GMC Trade Secrets, and a member of Martha’s Circle. Her website, DIY Inspired has been recognized by Mashable, Parenting.com, and Circle of Moms as a Most Creative Blog. Dinah was featured on Linqia’s Community Spotlight, as an influential community leader.

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