How to Make Book Page Feathers {paper crafts}

I love to incorporate paper crafts into decorating! They are cheap, easy, fun, and provide instant gratification. When I was creating my recent Thanksgiving pool noodle wreath, I had originally planned on making book page feathers to accentuate the wreath but ended up liking the look of the paper leaves better. But these ended up looking so cute, I thought I’d pass the idea along in case you wanted to steal it!

What you’ll need:

  • Book pages
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Glue gun
  • Scissors

Step 1: Tear out a page from a book and fold in half. (Defensive disclaimer: Don’t freak out that I’m using fine literature for this craft. Hubs and I took the same course in college and we have two of these books on our shelf. If you feel the need to scream book murderer, go ahead and do so now ;).)

Step 2: Cut out a featherish like shape. Just go for it here. If you don’t like the look of your feather once opened, fold it back in half and trim it accordingly.

Step 3: Hold your scissors at a deep angle and “cut in” the feathers. Cut the feathers in the same direction using the smallest distance possible between cuts for a more realistic look.

Step 4: Using strips of book pages, wrap your pipe cleaner and secure where needed with hot glue.

Step 5: Run a bead of hot glue along the seam of your feather and secure your pipe cleaner to the center. Voila! You’re done!

I think these would look so cute as a book page wreath! I had made up a bunch so I placed a few on my mantel.

I also used them in our table setting at dinner just for fun.

You could steal this idea for Thanksgiving and have a unique, festive, and FREE place card for each guest!

paper feathers

Let me know if you try it!

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    • Beth @A to Z says

      I figured I couldn’t have been the first person to have thought them up but I haven’t seen them anywhere else. I tell ya. It’s hard to be original in a world filled with such creative people!

  1. says

    Hi Beth! What a great project…very well-timed, too! We have a 2-day women’s conference coming up at church and I’m in charge of decorating. Definitely gonna make some of these. Thanks so much for sharing!

  2. says

    Those are wonderful! The wheels in my mind have been turning with book-page thoughts ever since Nester’s party for Emily, but I haven’t come up with anything that I actually wanted to DO. You may have just changed that for me! You executed this idea really well. And by the way, for such a noble task as this, I would not call you a murderer. Executioner, perhaps. If one book had to die in the pursuit of art, so be it. :)

  3. says

    Hi Beth,
    I have a tute pinned on Pinterest but they used some kind of wire, not pipe cleaners and have been wanting to do this but ya beat me to it! Yours look good! Really great on your mantel and napkin holders.

  4. says

    SIMPLY pretty. Love it! We have two parrots at home and get our fair share of feathers, but these are cool!

    Great idea…Bet we’ll be seeing more of these in blogland…

  5. Olivia says

    I love feathers – books are sacred to me, so at first I gasped and wondered if I could rip out a page in an old book to make these beautiful feathers – luckily, I had some old books that I was willing to sacrifice. Thank you for this decorative idea. You created beautiful feathers.

  6. Carrie Swenson says

    I love this idea! I have so many ideas for these babies already. I am hosting Thanksgiving at my house this year and I think they will look so cute on the table. Thanks!

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