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Paper Feathers: Simple to Make

PaperFeathers3 PaperFeathers5 A few weeks ago I was helping my friend create her hat decoration for the Kentucky Derby party we were going to be attending together. We made over-sized paper flowers in bright pinks and plums and added some huge paper feathers into the mix to finish the over-the-top look. They were so pretty I knew I had to create a post for you on making a smaller version of these simple paper feathers. You can use them for gift toppers, a wedding boutonniere, put a few in a shadow box to hang on your wall, or. . . make a paper feather wreath for your summertime decor. Stay tuned for the wreath post later this week. These feathers are very simple and would make a fun craft project for kids. Simply print my template onto you choice of paper colors or printed papers (I am loving the vintage dictionary page), then follow the directions below to complete. Enjoy! ~ Lia

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  1. I love your paper feathers, such a simple idea and the motif isn’t so ‘cutesy’ like hearts, butterflies etc! I like symbols that I guess have a more ‘masculine’ tone…?!
    feathers, leaves, stones, etc….I live in New Zealand and it is getting cold and wintry now, the time I start thinking about crafting – have gone mad browsing Pinterest!

  2. perfect

  3. Thank you so much for this beautiful template! I have wanted to make some of these for my daughter’s mobile in her nursery but they always end up very straight and lame looking. These are beautiful and artistic!!!

  4. Thank you so much for sharing. I’m making some chocolate to offer here in Paris, this will be perfect to decorate ma gift boxes. Have a nice year end of 2014!

  5. Your feathers are beautiful!!!Thanks a lot for sharing!!!

  6. do you have the svg file or is there a way to cut these on the Explore. I am new to the Explore, but love it, and would love to cut these on it.
    Thanks so much, I would love to be in your brain for a day or 2!
    You are a blessing to me.

    • Sorry I made these before I had my Cricut Explore so I didn’t make a svg file:( I need to… LOL I don’t know if you want to be in my brain, it is crazy in there:) Lots of ideas and not enough time;-)

  7. These feathers are going to look so good on my handmade cards. Thanks for the template.

  8. Thanks, i’ll try it on my jewel packaging

  9. Beautiful – thank you! Wold love to see a picture of your Derby hats ;oP

  10. I love this template, thank you so much. I have my whole house decorated in bird décor so this is a great way to make feathers of any color !!!!! The front wall of our atrium Chinese garden in the front of our house this covered in bird houses. One thing to remember if you live in a warm climate like SW Florida is to put scrap pieces of screen in the holes or you will have numerous mud dopper & hornets nest and you will get stung, I know my experience.

    • Your house sounds amazing! I would love an atrium Chinese garden. Thank you for sharing the tip for everyone living in a warm climate, sorry you had to learn the hard way. Have fun with the paper feathers, cannot wait to hear the result!

  11. Sorry if this question has been asked already but about how many feathers do you need to cover the styrofoam wreath?

  12. These are so cool! I want to make a bunch of these! great package toppers!!!

    • I love these on gifts for both women and men. There are some new images of toppers in my post about masculine gift wrap that look very nice too.

  13. Thank you!!

  14. thank you so much for sharing

  15. I used your template for a photo:
    Thank you for your post and template! :-)

  16. Or these would be much easier and still hold the same theme!!!

  17. We are new to the blogging world and used your paper feather template on one of our first DIY projects! Thanks for the inspiration!

  18. Love these feathers…….thanks so much for the pattern!

  19. This is awesome THANK YOU! Having fun cutting out feathers tonight.

  20. Thank you for a great idea and the templates! Sunny wishes from GREECE! x Teje

  21. The feathers are lovely! Thank you for the download.

  22. Such a cool idea. Thanks so much for the template and tutorial.

  23. I’ve done some flowers you showed and they got so gorgeous! Next time I’ll try these feathers :) love your blog

  24. I love you feathers. I need to make hundreds of these in different sizes for my sisters wedding. What do you recommend to be the easiest way to do this without hurting my hand cutting them all with scissors? I can’t seem to find a hole punch anywhere

    • I recommend getting the new Cricut Explore! It will be available next month. If you need them sooner, borrow the Silhouette Cameo and use the Silhouette template that I offered out on the glittered feather post in December. Let me know if you need any other assistance. I want you to have fun with this project. :-)

  25. Lia, I loved these feathers so much that I used your template for a gift tag on my Hot Wing Salad Dressing food gift :)
    All the best!

  26. I am going to make about 100-150 feathers. My son is about to get his Eagle Scout award and I came up with an idea several years ago from a Snapple cap lol…it said an eagle had 7000 feathers. I kept that cap in my purse for 4 yrs and decided for his Eagle Court of Honor I am drawing an eagle head and each attendee will be given a feather to write a memory or inspiration for the new eagle scout and they will then pin it on the eagle drawing so we can “feather the eagle”. thanks for the help on our project

    • I LOVE this story Susan. Thanks for sharing it with me. If you are using a Silhouette, I can send you the template with the large feather so they all match.

  27. What kind of craft scissors do you recommend? Those feathers are so cute. My scissors aren’t very agile, though….or maybe it’s just me!

    • I think a pair that fits in your hand nicely is the best. Try some on and see what is comfy. Most scissors are plenty sharp so it is more about how well they function with your hands. I really like the Scotch Precision scissors for paper cutting. Again, they feel good in my hand. :-)

  28. I love the feather template. I volunteer at a nursing home teaching arts and crafts and I know the ladies will love them! Thank you for a wonderful project. It will be put to good use.

  29. Love these paper feathers! I’ll be using some printed on music for my Christmas decorations. ^.^Thanks for sharing!!!

  30. I LOVE the variety of shapes, and they do make lovely tie-ons. Thank you so much for the template.

  31. thank you for sharing

  32. Your feathers are beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing!

  33. Wow what a brilliant idea thank you

  34. Thanks a lot for the pattern.. feathers are awesome. looking forward to get more ideas from you..

  35. Great idea! Thank you! Your idea and other on

  36. I love your feathers – thanks for the patterns. I’m always looking for a gift box topper idea that won’t get crushed while traveling, these are perfect.

  37. These are perfect and just what i was looking for! Thanks so much for sharing!!!!

  38. I love feathers and read the book Sacred Feathers (author’s name drawing a blank-sorry), which was inspiring. Thank you for sharing your gift.

  39. Thank you! :)

  40. Thank you!! So inspiring and pretty!

  41. Awesome! I’m definitely going to make these. Thank you! They are beautiful. I would love to see the flowers and feathers you made for the Derby Party, I bet they were gorgeous!

  42. Thank you so much! Your feathers look fantastic! I’ll give them a try!

  43. Guauu!!! original and simply!! gorgeous!! Kisses from Madrid.

  44. Hi, Lia, I found your blog today through magazine Kireei’s blog. I love your work, congrats! I couldn’t resist to give the paper feathers a try! So I already made one, beautiful! other 4 are in process… Thanks for sharing and being so creative!

  45. Thank you for sharing!

  46. Thank you for sharing! I’ll be following you now that I’ve found you! :)

  47. Hi,

    I love your DIY guides and your pics, keep on with the nice and beautiful job!!

    I also made a small post in Spanish to share your awesome job, and show people how they can do it by themselves. I hope you don’t mind this link from my blog to your site:

    Cheers from South America.

  48. I love the feathers. I know just what i want to do with them. Don’t you love Pinterest, I am finding the most amazing creative woman on here and what you ladies get up too, well shut the door! My mind is exploding with possibilities. Thank you for being so generous by sharing your abilities with us. We love generosity and the love for what makes us passionate

    • Thanks Wilna! I love Pinterest too! It has opened the world of possibilities to everyone.

      • Lia,
        I subscribed to your blog a few weeks ago though I have viewed it many times before. I just want to let you know that when I see you in my inbox, I’m always happy because I know something good and positive and fun awaits. I am a seamstress and crafter who enjoys simple joys, reading, friends and family. I live in my faith and try to bring joy and peace into anyone’s life I encounter. Thank you for also spreading joy and positive, simple things that make a difference even if by just making all your followers smile and breath in a little of your wonderful creativity and generosity of spirit. God Bless you and your family.

  49. Hi Lia! I’m writing a post on a blog about pretty packaging, and I’d very much like to include a picture of these feathers and a link back to this blog post. May I get your permission to do so? (I’m new to blogging and not sure the proper way to go about this.) Thank you!

  50. This is such a fabulous look. The wreath would make a lovely gift. I think if you made the wreath in different shades and prints of blue or pink it would be a great centerpiece for a shower and later the mother to be could put it on her door celebrating the arrival of the new baby. Colors could also be done different according to seasons as well. Great Job!

    • Yes indeed, any color would look gorgeous. I made a white and gold metallic one for an upcoming Christmas post that is now hanging on the wall in my office tour photos.

  51. These are fabulous. Will give ’em a go at school with the kids I teach. There are soooooo many applications for these little beauties. Wish I had thought of them!

  52. I absolutely love these paper feathers. Your color choice is fabulous. They have many applications. I’ll be thinking of ways to incorporate them into a display in my boutique flower shop.

  53. This is why I love PINTEREST, I found you and your gorgeous site. I will definitely be trying this, I absolutely love wrapping a gift in a stylish manner, and this is SO stylish, thank you. Best wishes, Carina

  54. Thank you for sharing this. Can’t wait to give it a try. Your packages and feathers are so lovely.

  55. Thank you SO much for this. I found you via pinterest on Wednesday. By Wednesday night, I had cut out a white feather and made it into a birthday card. Thursday after work I began cutting out more feathers (rainbow colors). Friday I went to the craft store with a plan, bought some card stock, and home again, started cutting out feathers. Saturday I continued, working literally 12 hours straight – and on Sunday I had a beautiful feather/dreamcatcher mobile to give to an expectant mama at her baby shower!

  56. This a very nice idea and your feathers are gorgeous. Thank you so much for sharing.

  57. Very pretty! I want to try them in felt to embellish the hats I make. A little wire down the center will make them easy to shape, and they could be lengthened for a sassy addition to a wide-brimmed chapeau! I can just see them curved over the top of a pillbox or around the wide band of an African Crown. The ideas are too numerous to list here, but thanks for the pattern and lovely pictures!

  58. These are so beautiful!!!

    We made a post with links to your amazing tutorial:

    We love the photos and the colors!

    Thank You for sharing such pretty things :)


  59. Very kind of you to share! Love these feathers!

  60. Totally love the feathers! Great idea :)

  61. A great template! Lovely feathers and beautiful colours. Thanks for sharing!

  62. These are darling! I am just using the colors you featured on the feather’s craft. Teal, Aqua, Blues.
    I love love these colors! Thank you for sharing your template! I’ll pin this too, on my to do crafts 😉

  63. Such beautiful feathers. I love the size, shape and the colors you chose :)

    Thank You for the free template.

  64. These are so pretty! Love this idea!
    Thanks for sharing,
    Pieced Pastimes
    PS-Would love to have you link this up to Saturday Sparks. Links open till Friday.

  65. Thank you so much! These are wonderful and just too perfect, since I’m a vegan…no bird feathers in my craft projects, though I do find feathers pretty on the birds they belong to. 😉 I am so excited to see more of your projects now that I’ve found your website. A link at the Fiskateers message board led to this happy find. Thank you for generously sharing this download!

  66. Followed a link from a fellow Fiskateer. Love your feathers. Pinned them, so I will remember to come back and play! Thanks for sharing!

  67. oh so nice and wonderfol

  68. Ohh I can’t wait to make them! Thank you thank you as always! 😉

  69. everything you make is simply stunning. bar none.

  70. Was looking for something to decorate my DIY masquerade !!
    These are just perfect !!

  71. This is a very good idea and this is a very great and wonderful !!!
    I do not very well speak English because my language is French,

    See you soon on my blog or on your blog

  72. Beautiful, loving the colours.

  73. Lovely! Thanks so much! :)

  74. This is simply gorgeous! Thank you so much for sharing… I am pinning :)

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