Simple Dreamy Feather Trees

November 28, 2011 by 61 Comments

Cute Feather Trees, right!  Simple, too!
I started with an empty Braum’s paper bag, definitely not fancy yet!
I cut along the paper bags edges until I had a super long strip of paper still intact (with exception to the removed handles).
I decided I wanted my cones to be 9 1/2 inches tall so I drew on the paper bag, then cut a rectangle shape with the top half rounded.  The tip to bottom length 9 1/2 inches and my width 15 inches.  I overlapped the ends when pulling it into cone shape until I reached the thickness I was hoping for.
Attach with tape.  Black tape may not be the best option, but it was what I had on hand and it worked!
I threw on my jacket and spread out my paint tablecloth on the grass and sprayed all three of my cones white with my favorite spray paint, Rustoleum Spray Paint, Special THANKS to my photographer (hubby) for introducing me to the best covering spray paint EVER and the nozzle is thicker then standard size which keeps your fingers clean!  I love it and I’m not endorsed by it!  It’s that good.  The picture below was me taking two seconds to cover it.  One true coat would have covered the trees perfectly!
Next, I grabbed my glue gun and while it was heating, I opened my bag of feathers that were 40% off (thanks Hobby Lobby for your almost always available online coupon) of $1.99 bought at Michaels and began cutting feathers into thirds.  You can see below that the bottom and middle are great for coverage and the tip is best for covering the stem.
Starting at the bottom I worked in a circle around each cone and covered with one solid layer and then went back over the tree to cover the stems or empty spaces.
It’s all about making it look pretty, there’s not a true formula for the order.  Do make sure you hang the feathers below the bottom ridge so you won’t see the paper bag when the trees are on display.  The bag of feathers will definitely stretch far.  I still have leftovers after decorating three trees.  What to do with the rest?!?  Hmm.
Here are my feather trees waiting for their new home….want to see where they ended up!?!?

Don’t candle holders totally make it all come together!?!?  Now they’re sure to get noticed at our Christmas parties this month!!!

The candleholders are from ZGallerie.  It’s on my Christmas Wish List Under $30  Favorite Things Under $30 List – click for the link.


61 Responses to “Simple Dreamy Feather Trees”
  1. So beautiful!!!

    Thanks so much for linking up at I Gotta Create!
    <3 Christina

  2. rebecca wheeler says:

    Great tutorial…I used a white boa from the dollar store…easy peasy…and saved alot of time….

  3. I love that you made your own cones Aimee! Sharing on Facebook today :)

  4. How fun, love the white fluffy look!!

  5. Bliss says:

    When I go shopping today think I’ll stop in at Abercrombie and ask for a bag. I can turn the cute young guy into a Christmas tree. Not sure I will feather one, but that is a great idea for a costume – minus the hot glue of course.


  6. LOVE these! Thinking this will be a week-after-Christmas project for me and my littles!

  7. Marlyce Colgate says:

    The trees are stunning! I’m holding a double baby shower for my daughters and I am making about 30, 20″ trees for centerpieces. What size bag of feathers were used for this project? What was the approx. length of the feathers before you cut them into three pieces. I need to figure how many bags I need to purchase for my project. I can hardly wait to see the finished product of the pastel winter theme! Outstanding Idea! Thank-you


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