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How to Make Feather Earrings – a Thrifty Adventure

If you’ve been reading me for any time now, you know that I’m a thirtysomething, and that in itself should probably preclude me from being interested in the fashion trends of youth. Alas, there are some things which just catch my eye, and like the shatter nail polish I mentioned yesterday, feather earrings are one of those things. A young waitress who waited on me at a local Mexican restaurant had on a beautiful pair, which she said her friend made for her, and it reminded me of my teenage years, when I had a prized pair of peacock feather earrings that I wore until they got so greasy with skin oils i had to throw them away (no, I don’t miss teen acne!).

I did some googling around, and found out that this is actually a pretty hip trend these days, and lots of stars have been seen wearing feather earrings…including fellow thirtysomethings Drew Barrymore and Gwyneth Paltrow. OK, so I’m not a celebrity, but at least I’m not the only gal in my age range who is still fascinated by these things!

I got to looking online, and found that to purchase feather earrings like some of the stars wear, you have to shell out ridiculous amounts of money. Just look at these styles from Owlita. Sure, they’re cool (if a bit over-the-top), but $80 per earring? PLEASE! So what’s a frugal-minded gal with lots of craft supplies on hand to do? Make her own feather earrings, of course!

Just as I shun the thought of purchasing a card because I have so many scrapbooking supplies around the house with which to make my own, I figured a quick trip to the craft store would yield the few supplies I needed to make some feather earrings. So I googled around to find out what exactly I would be needing, and took stock. If you’re curious, I found my best information at the appropriately-named “How To Make Feather Earrings” site. They have long, detailed tutorials, as well as a little info on sourcing materials. So I took stock of what I had, and headed off to the craft store.

I already had craft wire and some feathers among my scrapbooking supplies, and I have tried my hand at beading as well, so I also had french hooks and some fancy beads in hand. Technically I didn’t need anything, but my scrapbooking feathers were all pastels, and I wanted earrings that would go with the majority of my outfits (which are decidedly not pastel), so I headed off to pick up some nice neutral-toned feathers.

Once I got home with my booty, it took me less than 15 minutes to whip up the beauties shown at right! The thing that took the longest time, really, was sorting through the feathers to find pairs that matched one another well enough that I wouldn’t look lopsided. These babies will match almost every outfit I own, and they’re light enough for me to wear all summer. And since I already had the french hooks, wire, and black/silver glass beads, they cost me less than $5 to make. How cool is that?!

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