I have chickens and my dad hunts wild turkeys in season, so I always have a good supply of feathers lying around just begging to be used for some decorating. This isn’t something I would have come up with if I wasn’t trying to figure out what to do with all these feathers I keep accumulating, but I still think it’s pretty neat for fall and Thanksgiving decorating.
1. Straw wreath (foam will work too)
2. 2- 50 packs of greening (floral) pins
3. 3 feet of garden twine
4. Lots of turkey and chicken feathers in fall colors! You’ll need around 30 turkey tail feathers and a whole bunch of chicken feathers. You can sub smaller turkey feathers instead of chicken feathers if you like; I just used chicken feathers because I have pretty much limitless supply of them!
You can buy feathers online or at craft stores, but they are expensive. If you can find someone who keeps poultry and/or who hunts, you can get them for free or at least cheaper than what you will pay at a store.
Here’s how it all goes together!
Tie a loop in the garden twine, wrap it through the wreath, then run the loop through itself.
Pin a turkey feather to the wreath using a floral pin.
Grab a few chicken feathers of an alternating color and pin it over the turkey feather covering its pin.
Keep working around the wreath alternating the size and color of the feathers.
Once you have feathers all the way around the wreath, add those feathers I told you to set aside before evenly around the wreath to add more color and give it a nice balanced visual effect. If you have any spots that are showing pins or just looks bare, add an extra feather or two to fill it in.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! Let me know what you think, whether you loved it, hated it, or think it’s the funniest thing you’ve ever seen!