Paper Book Feathers

Olivera Bratich

Think twice before you throw that old book into the recycling bin! Book pages can be used to make any number of fun paper crafts. This simple book feather can be used to decorate a gift package or table setting, and smaller feathers can be added to jewelry or used as accessories.

With several feathers, you can create a garland or bouquet for your home and kids can personalize the feathers by coloring the tips or adding their name. Gather the family and get ready to shake a book feather!

  • Pages from discarded books
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Scissors
  • Tacky glue

1. Tear a page out of your discarded book. Fold in half lengthwise.

2. Use scissors to cut out the shape of half a feather along the fold line. Unfold to make sure you like the size and shape. It's easy to alter by just folding and cutting again until you get the shape you want.

3. With the feather folded in half lengthwise, make deep angled cuts from the edge toward the center, stopping about 1/4 inch from the center fold.

4. Continue making angled cuts as close together as you can all the way down the feather.

5. Open up the feather and ruffle the edges. Roll the frayed edges loosely around a pencil to give the feather dimension.

6. Cut a strip from another book page that is 3 inches wide and about an inch longer than your feather.

7. Roll a pipe cleaner in the strip and tighten the paper around the pipe clear. Glue the strip shut.

8. Glue the covered pipe cleaner to the center of your open feather.

9. Repeat steps 1-8 to create as many feathers as you want for your project! Get creative with sizes and shapes to make a unique assortment of feathers.

OLIVERA BRATICH owns Wholly Craft, 3515 N. High St. The Clintonville shop features handmade goods from more than 200 crafters and artists, including clothing, jewelry, accessories, paper goods, home décor and more! Hours of operation: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturdays, 12 noon-5 p.m. Sundays. For more information, go to or call 614-447-3445.