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Friday, August 28, 2009
Things You Can Do With Feathers

By Caitlyn
Follow in the adventures of Flip, Rabbit and Caitlyn in the Fledgling Blog.

Usually, I talk to you about things you can do with your birds and how to make bird toys, but today I want to tell you about things you can do with your bird’s feathers! Did you know that birds have about 7 kinds of feathers, and each kind has a special job to do! 

There are a zillion colors in parrot feathers, so you have a lot of things to work with in making things. So what you need to do is figure out what kind of design you want to make with the bird’s molted feathers. Maybe you can even try and get feathers from friends’ birds so you have all sorts of different ones.  Here are some ideas for you! You can make them for yourself, or they can make terrific presents for people, even people who don’t have birds!

1) A flower — draw a design and glue the feathers on.  Or glue the feathers on a small circle and glue that to a stick.

2) A fan — glue tail feathers in a fan design on a half circle.

3) A snowflake — this makes a great decoration. Draw a design with all sorts of angles and glue small feathers all over it. You can make it white, one color or many colors.

4) A bird’s figure — draw your picture here again and glue!

5) Make a picture frame — glue the feathers around a cardboard square, rectangle, circle or oval that has the center cut out.

6) A butterfly — this comes out really neat with all sorts of colors.  Amazon tail feathers look really beautiful.

7) Make a patriotic plaque — take a red, a blue, and a white feather and glue them onto a piece of heavy paper. Line them up going across. At the bottom, write “God Bless America.” This makes a great gift!

So now that you have some idea, I want to hear what you come up with! If you come up with any other things to make, e-mail them to me. I hope to hear from you! E-mail me your first name and what state you live in. If you e-mail me, you get to be on the blog next month! Bye and get gluing and typing!

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Great ideas! You can also make a feather christmas tree with your smaller feathers with fluffy ends. I bought a cheap 2 ft tree, and removed all the little "hairs". I am using a moluccan cockatoo's feathers, so they are light pinkish white, so I used thin white wire to wrap individual feathers on the tree. Decorate it with feather decorations, or pretty colored jewels and lights!
Chantel, Palm Beach, FL
Posted: 5/15/2011 11:58:51 AM
Love the feather ideas!
Sandy, Racine, WI
Posted: 9/27/2009 1:23:26 PM
Omg thank ufor the ideas! i have so many tail feqthers from my luvbird b/c of molting and wondered what to do w/ them. U just gave me an idea for halloween. So awsome that a young person like you knows so much hope u hve a great future in what u luv to do.
Jose, Atlantic City, NJ
Posted: 9/24/2009 2:54:15 AM
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