#monthofmake - boho handsome hanger!

The need it list

·         feathers

·         glitter

·         pva glue

·         grease proof paper

·         paint brush

·         glue pots (or washed out yogurt pots!)

·         thread

·         hoop (or stick)

·         ribbon

The knowhow

So here we go! The kick start of our #monthofmake! I have to say I am a little nervous – a make each day, with my two monkeys?? This could be creative suicide…. but as they say, nothing ventured, nothing gained!

So for our first make we are going with glitter – and yes I am aware this forms most parental’s worst nightmare BUT it is brilliant, looks amazing and sometimes we just need to release those little will-

Right, let’s get on with this!

1.       We shall kick off with a little freckles tip - I use grease-proof paper to put the glitter on – it limits the spread and glitter-damage, is super easy to get hold of and once you are all done easy to fold up and whack in the bin!

2.       First job is to glue-up! Paintbrush’s at the ready - see if you can persuade them less is more – this maybe a difficult challenge! All they need to do is pop the glue onto the feather - let them explore their own creative spirit here – they can glue just the tip or make a pattern or strips and dots.

3.       Now it’s glitter time! Spread the glitter on the paper – we used 6 pieces each with a separate colour (it also meant that the paper could be shared between the two monkeys easily!). Either press the glued-up feather into the glitter, or – if they have made a pattern – place the feather onto the paper and then sprinkle the glitter on top! Transfer to a large piece of grease-proof.

4.       Once they are all done, it’s time for a bit of drying. We left ours over-night (and actually by the time they had done all the feathers they were kinda crafted-out!).

5.       Once dry you will need to apply a layer of glue over the top of the glitter – this will stop it shredding its glitter remnants all over you house!

6.       As soon as that second layer is dry tie some thread onto each feather stem (we did random lengths) and pop a bit of glue over the thread knot and feather stem to secure it.

7.       Cut various lengths of ribbon.

8.       Now its assembly time - you can use a hoop or a stick here – the stick will just make it more like a wall hanger rather than a ceiling hanger!

9.       Attach the ribbon and feathers to the hoop or stick – it is likely that you will encounter some feather tangling at this point. It’s just one of those things…

10.   The last job is to attach the hanging thread/rope/yarn or whatever you have lurking about in the cupboard. If you are using the hoop then attach at four points, or either end if you are using a stick. Create your own drum roll as you reveal the finished article to the maker. Be ready for smiles of making joy.


And that’s the lot – a very boho feather and ribbon hanger with one very proud maker!

We’d love to see if you made this – just use the hashtag #monthofmake and tag us on Instagram (@freckandfire) so we can marvel at your makes!

Now tomorrow – the plan is our clay keepsakes – we talking the airdry stuff here. Kids love it and I promise you will sudden find loads of uses for it, but more on that in 24 hours….