Published on August 2nd, 2013 | by Kristen Swain9
Duct Tape Feathers
Feathers, from Duct tape. From Duck tape, Duck. Feathers. cute hunh? ok, I’m a goober and easily amused. But these are simply adorable duct tape feathers. I love the idea of inexpensive gift wrap embellishments, and I’m not a big fan of a funky bow that cost $5 and gets tossed in the trash. Come to think of it, I don’t much like wrapping paper. Gift bags, tissue paper, brown paper, more up my alley. Gift wrap is one of those things I loathe buying, just because it’s just going to be ripped off and thrown in the garbage. I cannot think of another more wasteful purchase (at this moment – given time I bet I could come up with others), but if you have to wrap a gift, some el cheapo neato brown paper is just dandy. Can’t find it or don’t know where to look? PAINTING aisle of your local home store. You can get a roll almost big enough to wrap a house for about the cost of a single roll of that pricey stuff. And it has about a million other uses.
We’ll get into that later though, kinda getting off topic. So feathers. BUT not just feathers – after the gift is given, suggest they use it as a bookmark. wahla, two gifts in one.
You’ll need Duct tape, some thin wire if you want to make them bendable, wire cutters, scissors and a pen.
Cut a length of duct tape, you’ll want about double the size you intend your feathers to be, mine were about 4 inches, so about 8 inches. At the center point, insert a small length of wire.
Fold the length over, I tried to have the end at the bottom of the tape. Cut off excess tape.
Draw a feather shape on to your tape. Note that I kept the wire in the center of the feather as best as possible. The shape is pretty much a sharp oval with a little end on it for the shaft.
After cutting out the feather, you will begin creating the soft feathery part, cutting as close to each other as possible, at an angle.
I found that the wire was fantastic at keeping me from cutting too far. It stopped the scissors right at the middle.
Continue cutting all the way around the feather. Crumple the feather sides with your fingers, fluffing and scrunching to make the feathers stick out in different directions much like a rumpled feather. You can also shape your feather because of the wire.
Now you can top your packages with pretty, inexpensive and fun toppers.
tie them with twine
or bakers twine
or black twine and twigs
of jewelry twine.