Golden Feathers

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By Kid’s Crafts Contributor Stephanie, from the Blog A Geek in Glasses.

Golden Feather Decor

I have noticed the increased popularity of feathers used in home decorations. I think they add a simple elegance to a table setting. Place them in a mason jar and there is your classy center piece for Thanksgiving. The project is simple enough for little kids, but also trendy enough for the teens.





Tape off a Golden Feather

Start by taping off the design you want on the feather. For one, I taped off the top section in a “V” and another I did a diagonal. Gently brush the gold paint on the feather, start along the tape and move the brush towards the edge of the feather.

Let Dry

Let the paint dry completely. Carefully remove the tape and reveal the simple beauty of the newly painted feather. Place all the feathers in a jar and you’re done.

Golden Feather Decor Craft

Making Paper Feathers

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By Card Making and Scrapbooking Contributor

Peg Rounds

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Fine Feathered Friends Layout and how to make paper feathers at

Sometimes it’s the everyday moments that are the special memories that need to be scrapped.  Often it’s the simple joys such as a beautiful bird outside the window or maybe a sunrise or sunset.  Those moments need great embellishments on the pages, too.  These paper feathers were the perfect addition to this layout, but they can be used for any creation you’d like to make…even a card.  Add the block background and have a perfect mat for a picture or just a feather.

Block Background

Begin by trimming a piece of 5” x 6” piece of cardstock (white used here) for the backing of the block pattern.  Choose 2 or more colors of cardstock and trim them in various widths ranging from ½” to 1 3/4”.  Cut them so they are longer than the width of your white cardstock.  Adhere them using a tape runner to the white cardstock varying the sizes as you adhere them.  If you choose to use a bigger background cut wider pieces to help cover the area.


Once they are adhered to the background, using a paper trimmer (Tonic V-Blade used) turn the paper over so the white is on top and trim the edges off that hang over.  Attach the background ( Tim Coffey Foliage 12 x 12 paper pad by K & Company used here) to your layout and then your photo onto it.  Lay this aside.


There are many feather templates on the internet that can be easily used to create a paper feather.  By searching the words, “Paper Feather Template” you will be lead to many choices.  Find a few that you like and print them out on white cardstock.  Cut them out using a pair of small scissors (Martha Stewart Precision Scissors used here).   Also, print some out on colored cardstocks such as red or blue or use transfer paper and the feather you just cut out as a template to transfer some onto different colors of cardstock.  Cut them out, as well.


Score a line down the center of each feather using a scoreboard.  It helps to rotate the feather as you work to get a straighter line.

Paper Feather

Lightly fold the feather at the score line.

Ink the edges of each feather with using a black or brown ink pad.  On colored cardstocks you can even ink them using a white ink pad.

Adhere them to your project using a wet glue such as Aleene’s Tacky Glue.

If you’re doing a layout as I did be sure to add a little journaling about your photo.  This journal tag is a piece of white cardstock, but you can find some fabulous journaling tags at CreateForLess so be sure to check them out.

Feathers are very popular right now. Add one or several and make your project fly with excitement. Whatever your project may be, a simple feather and block background can be just the right touches to finish it off.

Kids Crafts: Feathers

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By Crafts-a lot Contributor, Mable who is an avid reader of craft blogs & magazines and is always looking to improve her crafting skills. Join Mable on Facebook to socialize and share with other crafters!

If you have a creative child around, there are many great craft supplies to keep them busy, and keep you worry-free. Keep the right supplies on hand, and crafting with your kid can be fun and help you build memories that can last well into their lives.

Preschool Feather Craft - Homeschooling Helicopter Mama

Preschool Feather CraftHomeschooling Helicopter Mama 

Soft and colorful feathers are a must for your kid’s craft toolbox. They come in a wide variety of colors and types, so you can keep crafting in countless different ways. Feathers are great for making textured collages. Kids will spend hours simply feeling the soft feathers then gluing them to paper. You can create an outline for the feathers to make a shape, or you can make an open-ended crafting session and let the kids glue feathers to a piece of paper and create colorful, textured art.

Here are some more unique crafts you can make with feathers:

Nest Zest - Paint Cut Paste


Nest ZestPaint Cut Paste

With a little bit of colorful yarn, raffia, felt, and other biodegradable products,  feathers can be used to dress up your local birds’ nests. Create these springtime ornaments and hang them outside to help birds build their new nests when they arrive for the spring. This is a fun and easy nature lesson, teach your kids about birds while the things inside the ornaments get taken away.

More Feather Crafts…

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Easy Bird Treat

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By Kid’s Crafts Contributor Stephanie, from the Blog A Geek in Glasses.

Easy Bird Treats for Spring

Earth Day is coming soon and I can’t wait for Spring to finally show up, so we made a quick bird feeder to entice some feathered friends to visit our yard. It is a bit of recycling as well as helping out birds during this unseasonably cold weather.



  • Cardboard tube
  • Peanut Butter
  • Bird Seed

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DIY Cat Fishing Pole Toy

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By Kid’s Crafts Contributor Tracey, from the blog We Made That.

DIY Cat Fishing Pole Toy

Last year my daughter worked really hard to reach a goal in school so she could have a kitten.  Since then the two of them have been best friends and are almost never apart when at home.  He sleeps with her every night and comes running when she gets home from school.  So it is not a surprise when she comes to me on occasion and wants to make something special for her best friend Buddy (that is what she named her kitten).

This time we decided to make Buddy a cat fishing pole.  When we first got him we bought one from the store and he really loved it, so much so that it was destroyed several months ago.  So I figured he would probably love to have another one, and boy was I right.  You don’t even need to be holding the thing and the cat is playing with it.  He even carries it around the house in his mouth like a lion carrying his prey home for a meal.

My daughter was able to make the entire thing all by herself.  She wanted it to be orange since Buddy is orange and she said that is his favorite color.  You of course can make yours in any color you like.  We used a smaller wooden dowel but then made the ribbons about 9 inches long and then added the feathers to the end.  If you have a longer stick you can make the ribbon shorter if you want, but if your stick is short you want a longer ribbon so the cat does not get too close to your hands since they will be going for those feathers with nails and teeth.

Buddy played with this toy all day, tugging on it, swatting it, and carrying it around the house, and after all of that only one feather fell off which we glued back on and have not lost another one since.  I am sure over time it will get worn out but so far it has held up great and still has many hours of use left on it.  Which is a good thing since these two are sure to be playing with it for hours and days to come.


Wooden Dowel (any size)

3 Different Colored Ribbon

3 Different Colored Feathers

Glue Gun

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Candy Corn Wreath

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By Kid’s Craft Contributor Tracey, from the blog We Made That.

Candy Corn Wreath

We just love decorating for Halloween, and one of our favorite things about Halloween is candy corn.  Last year we made this Pom Pom Candy Corn, so this year I thought we would stick to that theme and make a wreath to match.

I really thought this project would take my daughter a lot of time to complete.  I mean she had to glue, then wrap, then glue, then wrap and so on.  But I was wrong, this took her less than 5 minutes to make.  I was shocked.  It is so pretty and it took so little time for a six year old to make.  She was super excited to hang it up on the door after she finished, well, first she had to put it on her neck and head and walk around teasing her sister.  Then her sister had to put it on her head, I was surprised that it held up to their playing with it before we actually got to hang it up on the door.

If you like quick simple and pretty crafts that you can actually use to decorate your home, then this is the craft for you.  And you can use the idea of it for almost any holiday wreath you want, just change the colors of the boas.   Since this turned out so great and was so simple to make, I asked my daughter if she wanted to make another one for grandma and she said yes, so that is what we will be doing this weekend.



Hot Glue

Using your glue gun, put a little glue where you want to start the yellow.

Place the end of the yellow boa on the glue, add more glue if needed.


Wrap yellow boa around wreath until you get to the same spot on the opposite side of wreath that you started at.

Then glue end of boa to wreath.

Glue End

Cut your Orange boa in half and glue one end of one half of boa just above the yellow boa on too your wreath.

Wrap the orange boa around wreath then glue the end to wreath.

Repeat on other side of wreath, so you will have orange on each side.

  Add Colorss

Now glue one end of white boa just above one orange side.

Wrap white boa around wreath and glue the end to the opposite side just above orange boa.

DIY Candy Corn Wreath

Your kids will be so proud to hang their finished Candy Corn Wreath on the door for all to see!

Kids Crafts: Make Your Own Supplies

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By Crafts-a lot Contributor, Mable who is an avid reader of craft blogs & magazines and is always looking to improve her crafting skills. Join Mable on Facebook to socialize and share with other crafters!

If you have a creative child around, there are many great craft supplies to keep them busy, and keep you worry-free. Keep the right supplies on hand, and crafting with your kid can be fun and help you build memories that can last well into their lives.

DIY Foam Stamps from

Make Your Own Foam Stamps

Making your own craft supplies can be a very rewarding experience. The above foam shape stamps can include all of your child’s favorite things. You can make their name into a stamp, their drawing, or their favorite objects. They’ll love using these stamps because it’s completely, 100% their own. Here are some other ways to make craft time a little more special…

Make Your Own Watercolors - Homemade Simple

Making your own watercolor paints means that you get to teach a lesson about color mixing, and children get to create their own colors. They’ll love painting with their own homemade paints and it’s all natural ingredients, so you don’t have to worry as much about toxicity.

Handmade PaperAlisa Burke

Teaching children to make their own paper can teach them about recycling, and you’ll have lovely stationary so that they can write letters to all of their favorite people. The colors and textures created with homemade paper make the whole experience even more fun for a child. They’ll have fun with this craft from start to finish.

How to Make Sidewalk ChalkMartha Stewart

Make sidewalk chalk in a child’s favorite shape and color with this tutorial. You can even just make the tubes a little smaller for little hands that can’t hold giant sidewalk chalk. You can swirl colors together, too for even more fun.

Salt Dough RecipeBusy Bee Kids Crafts

Salt dough is a great way to help kids create clay creations without the danger of polymer clay. They’ll get to shape, create, and watch it bake and harden, without you worrying about the clay making it in to a young child’s mouth. Kids can paint their creations however they want when it’s all hardened!

Straw Quill Pen and InkKiwi Crate

As a child, the idea of creating my own ink and writing with a feather in my head was always intriguing. This simple craft will really bring a child’s imagination to the forefront, and they’ll have so much fun with writing lessons or simply coming up with stories.

For more ideas for crafting with kids, check out more Kids Crafts Posts.

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