Merry Marabou Feather Tree
November 9, 2011
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas around here thanks to Mr. Bublé. After I bought his CD the other day (love it!), we’ve been listening to the sounds of Christmas, which put me in the mood to make things feel like Christmas. Yes it’s early, but I make no apologies. I’d like to blame Michael but really it’s my eagerness to get the decorating done early. Just a little bit every day and I’ll have time to enjoy December!
I had an idea the other day for a craft project that I wasn’t sure would work, but in the end turned out so cute I had to share. It’s an ornament tree made from dowel rods and marabou feather boas. How fun is this?
To recreate your own, here’s what you’ll need. One wood bun foot; one ¾” x 36” dowel rod and six ¼” x 36” dowel rods from a home improvement store; white paint (or primer); saw to trim ¾” dowel rod; sharp clippers for ¼” dowel rods; power screwdriver with ¼” drill bit; hot glue gun; 12-15 feet of marabou feather boas from a craft store. Optional supplies: craft glue, glitter, and tree topper.
The first and most challenging step is to decide where to drill your holes for your dowel rods. After much experimentation, I determined a simple crisscross pattern worked best. Forgive my disproportionate diagram, but kinda like this:
Here’s the basic how to!
1) Paint bun foot base (and dowel rods if you want) and allow to dry. I used white spray primer. Determine placement of dowel rods and drill through ¾” trunk dowel rod with ¼” drill bit like the above diagram. Trim your 36” trunk dowel rod to desired height (mine is 24”). 2) Once you drill your holes, screw the painted bun foot base into ¾” dowel rod. Use hot glue to further stabilize dowel rod to base.
3) Saw or clip ¼” dowel rods to desired length and insert into ¾” dowel rod. Optional: use craft glue and glitter to cover rough edge top of bun foot. 4) Tie and wrap marabou feather boa around dowel rods to form ornament tree. Tuck ends of boa under wrapped sections.
At the end of the season, you can unwrap the feather boas, remove the branch dowel rods and store it for next season.
For a final detail, I hot glued a little white bird on top too. Sweetness!
Those are just a couple of faux presents wrapped in leftover paper and my old ornament wreath. I couldn’t resist a seasonal vignette but it didn’t last.
Because every girl needs something feathery in her life, my seven year old announced the tree would be hers and promptly carried it off to her room where (according to her) it shall live there, but with her ornaments instead. I’m just glad it found a loving home.
Happy Ho Ho Ho (a little early)