- Mar 13, 2019
I have only processed once and threw the feathers away, but got to thinking there might be better options. Can the leftover feathers be used in the nest box?
Yes, I do! Crafts are great, and craft feathers are very expensive.
Very cool and great craft...but you’re very good at the art of it!Yes, I do! Crafts are great, and craft feathers are very expensive.
I use pretty feathers as accents for cards. (When the cost of a decent card went above $1-2, I started making them. They're so much nicer. )
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I also made hair pieces for my daughter's dance recitals
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& a friend's wedding.
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I even made some feathered floral pics to slip into the bouquets & flower arrangements. (.... I had a lot of extra purple feathers!)
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Basically, all you have to do is wash the feathers in dish soap and hot water. A bit of vinegar helps remove the soap residue & also disinfects feathers. (I store feathers outside in Ziplock bags, so the freezing winter temps kill any unseen tiny critters.) Let feathers air dry & they'll fluff back up.
Food coloring can dye feathers easily and using white, lavender, blue, buff, etc. feathers can achieve different hues. My favorites are the barred, laced, spangled, & penciled feathers. They look so exotic.
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Here's DD making some of her own feathered hair pieces:
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So what to do when you've collected too many feathers????
Preschools! Teachers of young children actually buy feathers and love to have pretty diversity of backyard chicken feathers. (Just wash/disinfected them 1st) I teach in several schools every spring & the students go crazy to have a few "souvenirs" from their feathered visitors. Better to bring in a bag of them for the teacher to distribute than to have those little fingers try to pluck.
Here are my kids helping me at a school assemblies:
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Thank you.Very cool and great craft...but you’re very good at the art of it!