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How to Make A Christmas Feather Tree - 4 Styles
Marabou Feather Tree - Easy Pine Cone Feather Tree - Easy
Old Fashioned Feather Tree - Hard Glitter Christmas Tree - Medium
So You Want to Make a Feather Christmas Tree? These are All the Rage & a Hot Item These Days...A Perfect Family Project for Gift Giving, Selling, or Keeping. Christmas Feather Trees are Easy to Make & a Great Conversation Piece. Options are Many & if You Have a Little Craft Sense, A Good Eye, & Have Previously Put Together a Fake Christmas Tree, This Should be an Easy Craft Project for You!
This an Easy Craft Project for Small Children & the Options are Endless in How the Final Look Will be. Use Whatever Color & Style Small Feather that You Prefer. (Turkey Marabou Work Well)
Begin by Making a Cone Shaped Base. This Can be Done With a Stiffer Paper & Staples or Glue or if You Want to Skip this Step, Buy a Styrofoam Cone. This Tree Can be Any Size Desired.
Use a Glue Gun or Other Type Glue to Begin Adding Feathers Close Together to the Base in Rows Proceeding Up to the Next Row as Each One is Finished. Feathers Should be Glued at the Stem in an Upside Down Fashion with the Natural Curve of the Feather Facing Down & Out. This Will give Your Tree a Fluffy Look Similar to the Branckes of a Regular Tree. Feather Sizes can Be Stagered to Give a More Natural Look or Exactly the Same. Always Be Sure to Cover the Previous Glue Row as You Proceed to the Top so That All You See is the Feather Fluff.
Children Will Love this Simple Feather Tree Project & can Have Even More Fun by Decorating these With Pom Poms, Sequins, Bird Seed, or Whatever They Desire.
Using the Instructions Above, a Feather Chritmas Tree can Also be Made Using a Large Flat Bottomed Pine Cone. Just Glue as Many Feathers as to Each Tip of the Pine Cone Working From the Bottom to the Top.
Main Stem or Trunk which can be Made from a Wooden Dowel with or without Drilled Branch Holes or Heavy Guage Wire. Either Will Work but it is Suggested that Wooded Dowels be Used for Taller Trees.
Branches Made of Wire Stems Covered With Feathers Continuously Wrapped Along the Entire Length. Branches Should be in Several Lengths Using the Larger Ones as You Move to the Bottom of the Tree, Again Similar to the Fake Christmas Tree Layout. Each Section of the Tree Should Have a Few or Many Branches of Similar Size Depending on the Fullness of the Tree Desired.
A Heavy Base Made of a Chuck of Wood or Heavy Flower Pot filled With Concrete, Plaster of Paris, or Stones Strong Enough to Support Your Christmas Feather Tree.
Goose Biot Feathers
Gauge Wire (18-24 Guage is Suggested)
Clay Pot filled with Cement, Plaster, or Stones
Glue Gun & Glue Sticks
Other Tacky Craft Glue
Brown Crepe Paper Streamer
Holly Berries, Beads, or Other Craft Item for Branch Ends.
1st Decide How Tall You Would Like Your Christmas Tree to Be & Cut the 18-Gauge Wire or Dowel for the Center Stem to the Length Desired.
2nd Decide How Many Branches You Want to Have for Each Row. Old Fashioned Feather Trees have 3 or 4 Branches on Each Tier, & 5 or More on the Bottom of Taller Trees. Personal Preference is Key Here. Drawing Your Tree on Paper May be Very Helpful in Determining What Works for You. Each Branch Should Have a 5" Unwraped End which will be Wrapped Around the Tree Trunk Later. In Other Words, a 2" Branch Should be Made with a Wire that is 7" Long. Each Row Should be Approx. 2" Longer or More as You Proceed to the Bottom of the Tree. Also Remember to Feather the Top Few Inches of Your Trunk Stem.
Instructions for Making Branches:
If You are Including a Holly Berry at the Tip of Each Branch, Place Your Berry Wire Along Side of Your Wire & Wrap Both Together With Floral Tape. You can Do this With Any Type of Bead or Decoration as Long as it is Set on a Wire 1st & Floral Taped On. Do this for Every Branch & The Trunk Top. Use Glue on Floral Tape End if Desired.
Floral Tape the Tip (Thinner End) of the Feather to the Branch Next to the Holly Berry & Tack Glue. The Long End of the Feather Should be Hanging off Along Side of the Berry. This Will Seem Backwards but You are Basically Tucking the Feather Tip in Under the Rest of the Feather that Will Wrap Around the Wire. Now You Can Begin Wrapping the Feather Around the Branch by Starting to Wind the Feather Right Next to the Holly Berry in a Somewhat Tight & Close Manner. Try not to Leave any Spaces or Gaps as You Continue to Wrap the Feather in the Direction of the Other End. An Average Feather will Only Cover 1" or so of the Branch. Be Sure to Floral Tape the End Also Catching the Next Feather in Under the Tape as Done Previously. Secure the Final Feather with Floral Tape & Tack with Glue if Necessary Remembering to Leave a 5" Unwrapped Wire End.
Layout Your Trunk Stem Placing the Branches Alongside Keeping Them Evenly Spaced from Row to Row.
Mark Where the Branches Should Connect on the Stem. Now Place the Unbent Highest Branches Along the Stem (Evenly Spaced Around Stem) Wrap a Length of 12" Plus Wire Around the Stem & Continue to Wire in a Spiraling Down Fashion to be Sure & Catch the Entire 5" Excess of the Section of Unfeathered Wire.
You Can Now Add a Layer of Brown Crepe Paper Starting Just Below the Branches & Again Spiraling Down Over the Wired Trunk. Continue to Add the Remaining Rows of Branches & Crepe Paper till Your Christmas Feather Tree is Completed. Be Sure to Tack Glue as Needed.
If Using a Clay Pot With Cement, Mix Enough Cement to Fill it Almost to the Top. Place the Truck of Your Tree Into the Cement While Still Wet & Brace or Hold as Needed. Another Option is to Poke Something into the Cement Making a Hole Big Enough for the Trunk to be Added Later. Wood Blocks can be Drilled Accordingly.
Now & Finally...the Fun Part, Bend the Branches Down to Reflect that Old Fashioned Heirloom Feather Christmas Tree Style!
Important Note: Feel Free to Do a Sample Branch or Smaller Sample Tree Just to Get a Feel for This Project & Don't be Afraid to Use Glue or Longer Wires Since These can be Cut Later.
An Average Goose Biot Will do an Inch of Stem Area so to Estimate How Many Goose Biot Feathers You Might Need for Your Feather Tree...Measure the Lengths of Each Wire Branch or Stem & Combine to Get the Total # of Inches Needed. (1 Feather = 1" of Stem)