Enjoy making brightly colored or patterned paper feathers for an eye-catching craft that kids and adults can make with the free craft template.
Make paper feathers with your creativity and scissor skills. They look so lovely and are so easy to make that both kids and adults will enjoy crafting them. Select brightly colored paper or patterned scrapbook paper to give your feathers a bright and bold look.
While we studied birds, we have been Learning about Feathers and plan on using them for some Native American crafts for Thanksgiving, but they are so lovely you could make them any time of year.
What Can You Do With Paper Feathers?
- Make a Dream Catcher Craft
- Glue them onto a piece of paper to make a collage
- Attach them to string to make a hanging mobile
- Make a turkey craft (You could use the turkey body from this template)
- Use them as home decor
As we made our feathers we practiced scissor skills and fine motor control. The nice thing about making feathers is that kids can make as many cuts as they want, giving them loads of practice.
Also, there is no “wrong” cut, so they can freely open and close their scissors as they learn to control their hand movements.
Little Tiger has been teaching Little Dragon how to use his Training Scissors (affiliate link) which are spring-loaded to make learning the cutting motion easier. They both really enjoy teaching and learning from each other so I have been coming up with ideas to help nurture their behavior, plus I love watching my daughter and son act so grown up.
For more fine motor skill activities check out our list of 20 more activities for kids to try.
Paper Feather Craft
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Craft paper (we used Cardstock-affiliate link)
1. Draw feather outlines with a line down the middle of the feather.
2. Have your child cut out feathers and make small cuts toward the center of the feather all around the edge.
Fringing may be a bit difficult so you can draw a few lines for the child to cut on and have tape handy in case they cut through the feather (which I accidentally did…thank goodness I’m practicing my scissor skills!). My son cut through his feathers which I was thrilled about because he is 2 and is still learning how to hold scissors and move them up and down.
Once all the feathers are cut you can have the child glue them to paper to make a collage, tie them to a string and make a mobile, or whatever creative thing you or your kiddo comes up with :).
Download the Template Here:
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More of our Favorite Crafts for Kids
- Dream Catcher Craft (You can use the feathers you just made to add to this craft template)
- Cardboard Tube Car
- Cupcake Liner Owl Craft
- Paper Plate Fish
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(Created 11/9/2015 Updated 10/20/2022)
Wow Amazing paper feather and color combination as well thanks for sharing this KATIE
Wow, what a great idea!! Definitely have to try this 🙂
Thanks so much! I hope your kiddos enjoy!
I love the bright colors of the feathers! 🙂
Hi Christy, Thanks so much! They certainly are brightening up our Thanksgiving decorations.