Feather Tree Accessory

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By CHT Media Created: November 30, 2012 Last Updated: November 30, 2012
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Holiday Feather Tree (CHT Media)

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Dear Marc:
I’m so sick of the traditional holiday decorations that can look so tacky. I’ve decided to buy and make all new decorations this year. I know, it’s quite an undertaking, but I’m eager to change my holiday look. Do you have a simple holiday project for an amateur DIY-er?

Dear Sarah:
As I was reading your question, a few childhood pictures of tacky decorations came to mind—mostly of tinsel, flashy garlands, and singing Santa Clause ornaments. On year, when I was about 12, I set about “beautifying” our holiday decorations and it was a success. I still create a fair amount of my holiday decorations. One of my favourite projects transforms cones and feathers into a stunning holiday accessory.

Feather Tree Accessory

-- Decorative cone
-- Glue gun and glue sticks
-- Feathers in the colours of your choice
-- Strand of artificial berries

Step 1: Begin by gluing feathers at the bottom of the cone, working your way up in a circular motion. But be careful, as the glue is very hot. Marc’s Tip: Make sure that each feather is upside down so that the next row will hide its stem.

Step 2: Starting at the bottom, glue the tip of the berry strand in place and wrap the rest of the berries around the cone till you reach the top. Glue the top of the strand in place.

Step 3: That’s all it takes. Your new holiday accessory is ready to be put on display.

Marc Atiyolil is a celebrity designer, the editor-in-chief of Canadian Home Trends Magazine, a design expert on CTV, host of the TV series DIY Hotline, and the host of the Marc Atiyolil Show on To subscribe to Home Trends Magazine visit

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