When we’re out, my children love to collect special pieces they find in nature. They especially enjoy collecting feathers. I add to their assortment of feathers too by bringing more home from work but our little feather box is now quite overflowing! We decided we’d get crafty with a few.
Some of our feathers had been sitting in a box for quite some time and were a little disheveled. It didn’t take much to clean them up though. We used a recycled (and clean) eyelash brush and brushed the feather barbs on the same angle they sit. It makes the feather perfect again
Then, we all started cutting into feathers.
My three-year old, Miss Platypus and Miss Panda, enjoyed just cutting bits and pieces off the feathers while Miss Possum and I cut patterns in the feathers. We cut diagonal and wavy edged feathers and cut feathers into sharp points. We also cut into the barbs near the shaft of the feather and it made a lovely pattern.
We had a lot of feather cuttings after our activity but we didn’t waste them. I drew a bird on a piece of paper ( you could download this bird printable instead if you’re not a keen drawer) and then stuck glue all over the bird. The girls stuck the feathers onto the bird picture.
I can’t wait until our feather box overflows again. Neither can the kids!
Have you ever crafted with feathers?