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Feather Christmas Tree

Introduction

This beautiful feather tree is both a lovely Christmas decoration for the home and a wonderful Handmade Holiday gift. The tree can be left plain or you can add a small tree topper such as the glittered star we used.

Materials

  • For Feather Tree: White turkey feathers (long, medium, and short lengths)
  • Hot-glue gun and hot-glue sticks
  • Styrofoam cone (We used a 12-inch cone, but any size will do.)
  • Popsicle stick or tongue depressor
  • Bamboo skewer
  • Heavy-duty wire cutters or pruning shears
  • For Glittered Star Tree Topper: Vellum
  • Scissors
  • For star: Star template
  • Double-sided tape
  • Spray adhesive
  • Fine crystal glitter

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Sort feathers into short, medium, and long piles.

  2. Step 2

    Carefully make a line of hot glue along the quill of a long feather, from the point of the quill to about 1 inch in. 

  3. Step 3

    Attach the feather to the bottom of Styrofoam cone so that the end of the feather sweeps out and just brushes the table below.Tip: Hold feather in place while the glue cools using a popsicle stick or tongue depressor to avoid burning your fingers.

  4. Step 4

    Continue gluing long feathers around the cone, lining up the bottoms of the feathers, completing a row. Add rows of long feathers, with about an inch between each, until a third of the cone is covered. 

  5. Step 5

    Repeat with medium-length feather rows to cover the center third of the cone. Finish the top third of the cone with short feathers.

  6. Step 6

    To complete the top of tree, push a bamboo skewer about 3 inches into the point of the cone. Carefully add feathers around the skewer, about an inch from where the skewer meets the cone, lining up the quills to make a point

  7. Step 7

    Snap off the skewer right above the quills with heavy-duty wire cutters or pruning shears. If you like, you can add more feathers to the tree with dabs of hot glue to add depth.

  8. Step 8

    Cut a 3-inch vellum circle in half. Curl one half into a cone. Secure with double-sided tape.

  9. Step 9

    Cut three 3-inch squares of vellum and fold them to make three 8-point stars, as shown in the star template instructions.

  10. Step 10

    Glue two or three stars onto the cone with hot glue. Spray the entire tree topper with spray adhesive and cover in glitter. Shake off excess glitter and add to top of tree.

Source
The Martha Stewart Show, December 2008

Reviews (41)

  • hladybug48 13 Dec, 2011

    these are so great ..Very easy to make...Great Center pieces..Just white or in colors.. just Love making them for my family christmas get togather

  • sarahjade 9 Nov, 2010

    You can pick up a mini hot glue gun at walmart for $2.00 and it works great. I love the idea of putting the at each end of your entertainment center I'm definitely going to try it, hopefully mine come out as pretty as the picture

  • Zimbotina 30 Nov, 2009

    can this be made without using a hot glue gun as I don't have one?

  • cardinallover 19 Jan, 2009

    I made these 2 years ago--got the idea out a book at the supermarket. I did mine in green feathers but didn't put any topper on them. They came out so pretty and I made two of them that I put on either side of my entertainment center every year. They are pretty fast

  • cardinallover 19 Jan, 2009

    I made these 2 years ago--got the idea out a book at the supermarket. I did mine in green feathers but didn't put any topper on them. They came out so pretty and I made two of them that I put on either side of my entertainment center every year. They are pretty fast

  • Joeandjo 15 Dec, 2008

    I tried making these trees with my granddaughter. She gave up after about six feathers. I got two rows and quite for the night. We had such a mess. Feathers all over the places and us. I got the feathers at Michael's. I could not get the feather to feather out and up. Does anyone know how to shape the feathers? The bags the feathers had info on the back of the bag but all I could get the feathers to do way curve sideways. Help, this is very upsetting.

  • Joeandjo 15 Dec, 2008

    I tried making these trees with my granddaughter. She gave up after about six feathers. I got two rows and quite for the night. We had such a mess. Feathers all over the places and us. I got the feathers at Michael's. I could not get the feather to feather out and up. Does anyone know how to shape the feathers? The bags the feathers had info on the back of the bag but all I could get the feathers to do way curve sideways. Help, this is very upsetting.

  • BBMapper 11 Dec, 2008

    GB.... there is a link to the star template right in the instructions. What I had a hard time getting to was the printed instructions. Kept getting sent to the VIDEO... if you close the video, the instructions come up.... cant wait to try this. Got my white turkey feathers at Michaels also. Couldnt even find them at her source....?

  • BBMapper 11 Dec, 2008

    GB.... there is a link to the star template right in the instructions. What I had a hard time getting to was the printed instructions. Kept getting sent to the VIDEO... if you close the video, the instructions come up.... cant wait to try this. Got my white turkey feathers at Michaels also. Couldnt even find them at her source....?

  • blueyegirl 9 Dec, 2008

    I got my white feather at Michaels. My feathers are straight they don't flare out. The directions on the package suggests that you take a knife to curl feather. I was not able to curl the feathers. Any suggestions?? Thanks

  • blueyegirl 9 Dec, 2008

    I got my white feather at Michaels. My feathers are straight they don't flare out. The directions on the package suggests that you take a knife to curl feather. I was not able to curl the feathers. Any suggestions?? Thanks

  • gbkrizmo33 9 Dec, 2008

    I also can't find the star templet for the feather tree finding it very frustrating

  • gbkrizmo33 9 Dec, 2008

    I also can't find the star templet for the feather tree finding it very frustrating

  • gbkrizmo33 9 Dec, 2008

    I also can't find the star templet for the feather tree finding it very frustrating

  • gbkrizmo33 9 Dec, 2008

    I also can't find the star templet for the feather tree finding it very frustrating

  • gbkrizmo33 9 Dec, 2008

    I also can't find the star templet for the feather tree finding it very frustrating

  • gbkrizmo33 9 Dec, 2008

    I also can't find the star templet for the feather tree finding it very frustrating

  • ginaesq 9 Dec, 2008

    Somebody please help, I don't know how I'm missing this but - where is the star template?

  • ginaesq 9 Dec, 2008

    Somebody please help, I don't know how I'm missing this but - where is the star template?

  • creekside 9 Dec, 2008

    ... and then I continued like Heather (below) said.

  • creekside 9 Dec, 2008

    ... and then I continued like Heather (below) said.

  • creekside 9 Dec, 2008

    I also found a picture by using this link: www.marthastewart.com/portal/site/mslo/menuitem.e28a2ad6d3341f8836eb9e2b...
    which I found by googling martha stewart feather christmas tree made from turkey feathers. A good picture in shown where you would click to watch the video. Hope this helps.

  • creekside 9 Dec, 2008

    I also found a picture by using this link: www.marthastewart.com/portal/site/mslo/menuitem.e28a2ad6d3341f8836eb9e2b...
    which I found by googling martha stewart feather christmas tree made from turkey feathers. A good picture in shown where you would click to watch the video. Hope this helps.

  • HeatherVerrette 8 Dec, 2008

    I agree with seeing a picture to go by . So I just right clicked with my mouse and scrolled down to " copy " and then pasted it inside my "write mail " . Then simply printed it out. I really hopes this helps everyone looking for a picture :O)

  • HeatherVerrette 8 Dec, 2008

    I agree with seeing a picture to go by . So I just right clicked with my mouse and scrolled down to " copy " and then pasted it inside my "write mail " . Then simply printed it out. I really hopes this helps everyone looking for a picture :O)

  • cris8872 8 Dec, 2008

    Is there a way to add some glitter to the feathers without makeing them heavy? Could you use a spray glue and a fine dust of glitter???? I am so excited to make this project. I see these tress every where and I just know I can make them myself cheaper and of my own design....

  • cris8872 8 Dec, 2008

    Is there a way to add some glitter to the feathers without makeing them heavy? Could you use a spray glue and a fine dust of glitter???? I am so excited to make this project. I see these tress every where and I just know I can make them myself cheaper and of my own design....

  • kellinike 6 Dec, 2008

    I found a picture of the feather tree! If you go to google, and click on images and type in "martha stewart Holiday Feather Trees" on the second page it shows the trees in 3 different colors and then you can open it and maxamize the size. Hope it helps everyone!

  • kellinike 6 Dec, 2008

    I found a picture of the feather tree! If you go to google, and click on images and type in "martha stewart Holiday Feather Trees" on the second page it shows the trees in 3 different colors and then you can open it and maxamize the size. Hope it helps everyone!

  • kellinike 6 Dec, 2008

    I found the white feathers at Michael's craft store, they were in the same aisle as the kids feathers. They have an assortment of different colored feathers, but also have packages of just white feathers. The feathers are pretty cheap as well and come in different sizes in each. I agree with being able to view a picture of the completed tree would be ever so helpful.

  • kellinike 6 Dec, 2008

    I found the white feathers at Michael's craft store, they were in the same aisle as the kids feathers. They have an assortment of different colored feathers, but also have packages of just white feathers. The feathers are pretty cheap as well and come in different sizes in each. I agree with being able to view a picture of the completed tree would be ever so helpful.

  • dawnsi 5 Dec, 2008

    Hello, you do not poke the tree you glue the feathers by the stem. would you please tell me where you got your feathers? thank you.

  • dawnsi 5 Dec, 2008

    Hello, you do not poke the tree you glue the feathers by the stem. would you please tell me where you got your feathers? thank you.

  • kerrylle 5 Dec, 2008

    do you poke the end of the feather into the styrofoam or just glue it to the cone?

  • kerrylle 5 Dec, 2008

    do you poke the end of the feather into the styrofoam or just glue it to the cone?

  • mush20 5 Dec, 2008

    Yes, I totally agree. I would love to see a picture of the feather tree.
    It is so much easier to make something if you know what it looks
    like or have a picture to reference.

  • mush20 5 Dec, 2008

    Yes, I totally agree. I would love to see a picture of the feather tree.
    It is so much easier to make something if you know what it looks
    like or have a picture to reference.

  • mush20 5 Dec, 2008

    Yes, I totally agree. I would love to see a picture of the feather tree.
    It is so much easier to make something if you know what it looks
    like or have a picture to reference.

  • mush20 5 Dec, 2008

    Yes, I totally agree. I would love to see a picture of the feather tree.
    It is so much easier to make something if you know what it looks
    like or have a picture to reference.

  • Luvurcrafts 5 Dec, 2008

    May we get an image of the feather tree to look at while attempting to make it?

  • Luvurcrafts 5 Dec, 2008

    May we get an image of the feather tree to look at while attempting to make it?