Some girls are lucky enough to have a husband who brings them home flowers or jewelry or chocolate or sweet things. Not my husband. Oh no. He has to get all inventive and stuff and decides to bless me with a big old bunch of peacock feathers. Now mind you, I’ve never in my life said, “Oh, honey, I’d love to have some peacock feathers!” Ummm, how ’bout no.
But, when life hands you lemons, you make a peacock feather wreath. Or something like that.
I didn’t have this epiphany directly upon receipt of the “gift.” Honestly? I was a little weirded out by the fact that they were real feathers, from like a real farm. So they went into a garbage bag where they stayed for almost 2 months before I could figure out what in the Sam Hill to do with the darn things.
“Oh, I could make a wreath out of that!” is never, ever, ever the first thought that comes to mind when I see anything. I’m kind of a wreath wreck.
Besides the feathers, I had to find a wire wreath form (which was sold out at 2 out of 3 stores I went to – what’s up with that?!?) I also needed some floral wire, so besides the feathers I spent about $3 – not too bad, I’d say.
Because I did it wrong 99 ways before getting to the right method, I can tell you that photos are scarce. But, you want to start by keeping your wire on the spool and wrapping the end onto the wreath form to give you a secure starting point.
Snipping off the ends of the feathers where the black fringey part ends was the key to getting it looking somewhat neatish. Then I gathered 3 or 4, put them on the form, wrapped the wire, a few times, then pulled the feathers around the form and kept going. I’d wrap a bit, add a few more feathers, wrap more, add feathers, until I got all the way around the wreath form.
Too many more and it might have looked like a juju hat gone wrong. So let’s stick with the peacock feather wreath gone right.
Are you feeling fallish yet?