SKILL LEVEL: Easy
TIME: About 15 minutes
COST: About $6-$10 depending on the kind of feathers you use. You can reuse all the supplies later for other projects.
- Large colorful feathers - I bought this pack years ago from Michaels. I used about 20
- Chenille stems (aka pipe cleaners) or wire - I mostly used silver ones that matched my tree, so they would blend in
- A sturdy chair or stool - Handy for reaching the tree top, if it's much taller than you. I have long arms and could reach mine
1) I started at the very top and worked my way down. Wrap one end of a chenille stem around the top of the tree, about 2-3 inches down. Lay a couple feathers against the top section, with the feathers curving outwards. Wrap the chenille stem across the bottoms of the feathers. Continue wrapping the top, adding more feathers, until you reach your starting spot.
2) Wrap the remaining section of chenille stem around the tree top again, pulling tightly, but don't add more feathers with this pass. This helps bind the feathers to the tree. At the end, twist another chenille stem end onto that one, creating a longer stem. Wrap around the tree again to secure the feathers. Twist on another stem to the previous one. You will do this every time you reach the end.
Repeat these steps, moving each tier of feathers down to closer to the bottom of the tree top. I have 4 tiers. If you are using colorful feathers, try not to overlap matching colors.
3) To finish off, wrap the last tier with chenille stems several times, till you feel it's all secure. Tuck the end into the wrapping.