Saturday, January 12, 2013

Feather Pen

I just love the old time feather quills—they are just so darned romantic.  I can envision myself sitting at an ornate desk, dipping into the ink and writing a letter to my true love…but I digress.  Ok, so it’s not a feather quill pen but it doubles as one for the 21st century so it works for me.  I used peacock feathers, but you can easily substitute regular large size colored feathers. 

You will need:

Pentel Ball point stick pens (the ones that screw off the top)

Peacock or regular feathers (about 5 inches in length)

Awl or sharp nail

Tacky craft glue

Heavy corrugated cardboard to work on

1.     Unscrew and remove the cap of the ballpoint pen.  Use the awl to bore a hole in the top of the cap. Make the hole large enough to insert the feather.  I like to use a piece of heavy corrugated cardboard from a cardboard box to work on.

2.     Add a dab of glue on the tip end of the feather and insert into the cap.  When you replace the cap if the top of the feather end reaches the ink tube, insert it inside. Screw it back together.

Variation:  I like my pen as is, but if you like you can further enhance your feather pen.  Simply cut a strip of printed duct tape 4" x 1 1/4" and attach to the barrel of the pen.  Roll on carefully to prevent any wrinkles. (See photo below)


  1. This is a really pretty idea!! Thanks Crystal ;o)

  2. This is something both my daughter and cat will like :) Thank you for the idea and the tutorial!

  3. Love peacock feathers! What a great project. Thanks for sharing at my Pin Me party!

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  5. This is such a neat idea! I love peacock feathers.

  6. Beautiful feather quill pen! That would only last about 2 seconds in my house. I can see my kitty cat running off with it and batting at the feathers :-)

  7. Thank you so much for stopping in and sharing your inspirational craft with our Crafty Showcase last week! You rock!

    We can't wait for you to stop in and share more of your ideas with us. The Crafty Showcase is open from Friday midnight until Thursday noon!

    Thanks for the inspiration!
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  8. Pretty!

    Thanks for linking up at Inspired Weekends! This week's round is open if you would like to stop by.

  9. I've seen something similar with flowers yes, but feathers are a fun change up. Thanks for sharing.

  10. It's sooooo gorgeous!!!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer... From Dream To Reality! I can't wait to see what you link up tomorrow evening!

  11. Looks great - love the peacock feather pen. Thanks for linking up at Romance on a dime.


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