Since I didn’t have work today and my motivation for going on a run was at an all time low, I decided to do something crafty. I’ve had a lot on my mind lately as I try to break my way into a marketing job, and anything creative usually helps me sort out my thoughts.
About a year ago, I started using Pinterest – the best and worst decision of my life, considering how much time I can spend on the site without realizing it! A few months ago I saw a pin for making paper feathers. I’m obsessed with feathers, I have this odd attraction to them and I find them beautiful and somewhat mesmerizing. So I decided to tackle the paper feathers. I made a bunch…and then was left trying to decide what to do with them all.
Some I’ll use to make cards – my mom is long overdue for a letter from me – but I decided to make some decorations for my house. I had a matte black box on hand from a gift I had received for Christmas and some silvery grey ribbon from a Nordstrom-wrapped gift I had given my boyfriend. The ideas were forming…I decided to make some hanging decorations for my house.
The lid and bottom of the black box were the same dimension, which worked perfectly for what I had pictured. I separated the lid and the bottom, set each piece on a flat surface, and arranged my paper feathers – I chose yellow and white to match the colors in the room I was making the decorations for. Once I had an arrangement I liked, I affixed the feathers to each box piece (although I would have preferred a hot glue gun or tacky glue, I didn’t have either on hand, so I ended up using a scrapbooking glue stick, which worked well). I let the glue dry completely and in the meantime went to grab some lunch (homemade sloppy joes, yum). With a satisfied meal under my belt, I found my ribbon and made sure each piece was the same length before gluing each piece to the inside wall of the box pieces to form a sort of handle by which to hang the decorations. Again I let the glue dry, and voila!
These are the finished creations:
For an impromptu project, I’m pretty pleased with the end result and the decorations ended up matching the other pieces in the room pretty perfectly! I can’t decide which of the two I like more; I like the balance of the one with fewer feathers, but the fullness of the one with more feathers. Either way, these feathers are definitely my new favorites, let me know what you think!