I was inspired by Marisa Pawelko's DIY Duct Tape Feather YouTube video but I didn't have the materials on hand to do exactly what she did. I thought about it for a bit and I realized that I could do the same thing with packing tape, washi tape, and a coffee stir!
Mouse over the image or press the button below to share this on Pinterest!
So I went for it!
- Cut a length of packing tape that is about the same length as the straw. Place it sticky side up and use the wooden stick (instead of your finger) to help remove it from the scissors.
The green line shows how the feather will be shaped.
1. Tear off pieces of washi tape and layer them sticky side up to cover the entire piece of tape. It is okay if pieces hang over the edges of the packing tape.
2. Place the straw on top of the washi tape and arrange it so that it some washi tape extends beyond the top of the straw. There should be a part of the straw hanging down below the tape. That will become the quill.
3. Layer more washi tape sticky side down to cover the entire project. Then layer one or two pieces of packing tape over that.
The black line below shows where the clear tape ends, and the green lines are like cutting guides.
Using scissors and "eyeballing it," trim off the excess tape while shaping your work into a feather. The black line below shows a little clear tape at the top (which I went back in later to reshape and trim).
Using the black lines below as a guideline, trim the feather sides diagonally to form the barbs. Do this organically. When you're done, "ruffle" the feather by running it through your hand to give it some texture.
If you would be interested in learning how to make a feather like this or for a list of thing to do with such a feather, please let me know by leaving a comment or contacting me at artlikebread (at) gmail (dot) com. As always, thanks for reading the blog! Please leave your thoughts, ideas and questions in the comment section below. If you liked this post, please share this post with a friend through social media & agree to craft yo' tail feathers! Like my Facebook page for updates and more crafty sharing!