Finding a feather on your path is a special gift, and for some, maybe even an omen. We can't always find feathers easily, but we can make them!!! And, the feathers we make can be of any size and color. They can hang on their own or become part of a larger project.
This paper craft is a fun way to create a wind catcher to hang in a window or a review mirror. This is a project that is appropriate for kids and easily adaptable to making mobiles or bookmarks.
Salt - table or coarse salt will help to create a speckled effect.
Oil pastels or crayons - If you choose to do so, you can draw or scribble with an oil pastel or crayon as a means to add further texture to your feather.
Watercolors - use regular or liquid watercolors. I used liquid watercolors for their intensity.
Paper - Use a good quality of watercolor paper.
Paint Brush - any will do! Precision not required!
Draw on your paper with the oil pastels and crayons. Just have fun, no need to be neat or controlled.
Paint liberally over the crayon with your watercolors. It's okay to really saturate your paper and leave "puddles".
Paint one side, let it dry, and then paint the other! Or be messy like me and paint both at the same time!!!
When your paper dries completely, brush the salt off of it!
Cut the paper into strips that are approximately the size of your feather. They can be a little larger.
Cut the strips into feather shapes. If you prefer to practice on a scrap piece of paper to ge an idea of the shape that you want, that works well, or even better, make a template.
Start making cuts into the feather. The cuts should be angled towards the tip of the feather. You can snip out some slivers to create the look of a feather's pieces coagulated together.
Snip both sides of the feather.
Grab some thread and a needle, and thread your needle and tie a knot in the ends.
Sew into the "stem" of your feather. Wrap your thread around to the knot and tie another knot to secure.
If you'd like, choose some beads to add as decoration and weight for your feather. Then, tie a knot in the top of the thread to create a loop for hanging.
Hang your finished feather and enjoy!!!
Anna Lentz, artist, writer, and creativity coach who blogs about making a creative life connected with nature at Spring Bird.