Feather Wreath

Greet guests with a feather-embellished grapevine wreath. Yarn, wire, and liquid starch are all you need to make these faux feathers. Then get creative and start feathering your nest, gifts, and more with this versatile DIY feather technique.


What You Need
  • 18-gauge green cloth-covered florist's wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Glue stick
  • Acrylic yarn (we used taupe, gray, aqua, seafoam green, light tan, and dark tan)
  • Liquid starch
  • Disposable rimmed plate
  • Plastic wrap
  • 1⁄8 yard tan linen
  • 18-inch-diameter grapevine wreath
  • Hot-glue gun and glue sticks
  • 18-inch length of ribbon
Make the Feathers
Step 1

Use a glue stick to apply glue to end of green cloth-covered florist's wire. Secure yarn approximately 1 inch from wire end on glued area. Wrap yarn tightly around the wire to cover the 1-inch end.

Step 2

When wire end is reached, begin wrapping yarn back to beginning; continue wrapping toward opposite end of wire. Apply glue to opposite end, wrap yarn over glue, and then back about 1⁄2 inch from end. Glue end in place, and trim yarn end.

Step 3

Cut seventy-five 3-inch-long pieces of yarn. Tie one length of yarn onto the yarn-wrapped wire, approximately 2 inches from one end.

Step 4

Continue tying tightly spaced yarn lengths onto the wire until the wire is covered to the tip; leave the 2-inch end uncovered.

Step 5

Pour liquid starch onto a disposable rimmed plate. Soak the yarn-wrapped wire in the liquid starch until thoroughly wet.

Step 6

Remove from liquid starch, squeeze out excess, and lay the soaked wrapped yarn on plastic wrap. Shape into a feather. Let the feather dry until very stiff.

Repeat the steps to make desired number of feathers.

Note: You can use one color or multiple colors of yarn per feather.

To Make the Wreath
Step 1

Cut a 9-inch-long piece of 18-gauge green cloth-covered florist's wire.

Step 2

Trim feather edges as desired, cutting a few of the yarn ties shorter for a realistic look.

Step 3

Make the accent flower: Cut a 3x42-inch strip from linen. Cut 1-3⁄4-inch-deep fringe spaced 1⁄2-inch apart along one long edge of the linen. Roll one short end of the linen strip tightly; securing with hot glue as you roll. Continue rolling and gluing the strip to make the accent.

Step 4

Glue feathers and accent flower to wreath. Tie ribbon around top of
wreath for a hanging loop.

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