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)