How to make turkey feathers out of paper

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How to make turkey feathers out of paper
Create a fan tail of turkey feathers. (photos_martYmage/iStock/Getty Images)

Whether you need colourful turkey feathers for classroom wall decorations, a creative autumn table centrepiece or a seasonal kids' craft, design your own using basic craft supplies such as card, patterned paper and scissors. Let the kids help create the paper feathers featuring creative touches like fringed edges and shaded lines. The completed turkey feathers are easy to attach to craft projects with a dab of glue or a strip of double-sided tape.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Card or patterned paper
  • Round dinner plate
  • Pencil
  • Scissors or craft knife
  • Coloured pencils, markers, crayons or chalk
  • Glue
  • Glitter
  • Sequins, stickers or foam shapes

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Fold a piece of card or patterned paper in half. Ensure the folded paper is as long as you want the turkey feather to be and at least half the desired width. If you want to make a 15 cm (6 inch) long by 5 cm (2 inch) wide feather, for example, the folded piece should measure at least 15 cm (6 inches) long by 2.5 cm (1 inch) wide.

  2. 2

    Position the rounded edge of a circular dinner plate face down on top of the fold in the card or patterned paper. Choose a plate size that's at least 7.5 cm (3 inches) wider than the length of the folded card stock -- if you're creating a 15 cm (6 inch) long feather, use a round plate that's at least 22.5 cm (9 inches) wide.

  3. 3

    Trace the rounded edge of the plate on to the card with a pencil. Cut along the pencil line with scissors or a craft knife. Unfold the feather -- it should look like a tall and narrow oval with pointed ends.

  4. 4

    Add designs to the surface of the feather, such as shading the folded centre line and the edges with coloured pencils, markers or crayons or craft chalk sold at arts and crafts shops.

  5. 5

    Create a fringed look along the sides of the feather by using scissors to make 1.25 cm (1/2 inch) long cuts into the edges of the paper all the way around the feather. Space the cuts 3 to 6.5 mm (1/8 to 1/4 inch) apart.

  6. 6

    Give the paper feathers additional colour and sparkle, if desired, by creating shapes, patterns or words on the surface with glue. Sprinkle glitter on to the glue while it's still wet. You can also add dimensional accents like sequins, stickers or small self-adhesive foam shapes.

Tips and warnings

  • To save time, cut the paper feathers freehand instead of tracing an arc on to the folded card using a dinner plate.
  • Use scissors to round the tips of each feather to prevent children from poking themselves with the pointed ends.
  • Don't let children use razor-sharp craft knives to cut out the turkey feathers. Instead, use blunt scissors or simply cut the feathers out ahead of time and give the kids the pre-cut shapes to decorate.

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