Someone in a backyard chicken group we below to on social media posed the question, “What does everyone do with their chicken feathers?” We definitely took an interest since we have baskets, tins cans, and a few vases with loose feathers we’ve picked up over time and have been planning to put to use.
Below are some of the answers, but first on the list is one of the projects were were inspired to create as a result of finally putting some of those feathers to use other than collecting dust.
1. Cat toy. This was pretty easy to make. It just took feathers and a rubber band to wind them together. Then we used some elastic string to attach a few bells. We tied on a ribbon and secured it with decorative duct tape.
2. Dreamcatchers. A few people responded that they make dreamcatchers with the feathers. Some sell theirs on Etsy, perhaps making a small profit or perhaps just being able to afford more chicken feed.
3. Feather jewelry. This was another response from more than a couple of people. We went to Etsy to check out the chicken feather jewelry scene and were surprised not only by the incredible assortment of earrings, necklaces and more, but to see quite a few pieces of chicken feather jewelry we wouldn’t mind owning. Here’s one example of a piece that definitely caught our eye.
4. Fishing lures. This is not our forte, but there’s what appears to be a pretty helpful video of a guy showing how to do it at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jeIez8Hcp2A
5. Feather Christmas tree ornaments. Some said they make them to give as gifts as holiday time, which we think is a great idea. Some people simply take feathers and place them inside those round, clear plastic ornament balls that you can open and put anything inside before hanging on your tree. Here’s a link to a quick video of an easy but very cute Christmas tree ornament project on youtube.
While we were looking for feather ornament examples, we stumbled across Martha Stewart instructions for how to make a small feather Christmas tree, which is actually quite lovely.
6. Wreaths. This was a popular answer too, and, again, some make theirs to sell on sikes like Etsy. But others keep theirs. One person mentioned that they have their wreath hanging up in their living room and simply add feathers to it as they accumulate new ones — an egg-cellent idea (yeah, we went there). Here are some chicken feather wreath examples we found. And, if that puts you in the mood to get crafty, Here’s a link to a step-by-step How-to make a wreath out of feathers article.
Have any other ideas or photos of what you’ve done with your chicken feathers? We’d love it if you’d share them with us.