Thursday, July 10, 2014

DIY Carnival Feather Collar


Keep in mind that I have no idea how these carnival feather collars are actually made.  If my design seems a little bootleg forgive me because Necessity is the Mother of Invention. Below is my costume for Cropover.  I am playing mas with Krave the Band in the Rude Boy section #BulletBullet So I decided that I wanted to make a feather collar for my costume.  I wanted it to be similar to a small collar in another section in our band. I also needed it to be small so that it will fit in my luggage. 
My costume on the left, my collar inspiration on the right

Started off with a cardboard box, wire, and 300 feathers in Rude Boy colors
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I cut the box in a half an oval shape, this will go around my neck.  I glued the wire to the cardboard.  The wire is needed to hold the shape of the collar (as you will want it to bend a little around your shoulders). 
I then upholstered the cardboard and wire with left over fabric from my last DIY.
Found in the "Framing" aisle of home depot

I then started gluing Rude Boy feathers #BulletBullet to the upholstered half oval



I then clued a ribbon over the feathers.  I glued it over the entire thing for 2 reasons (1) to secure the feathers even more (2)  If I just glued the ribbon just at the bottom of the collar it is weaker & more likely to break when I doing the 6:30. 

I then made another half oval (minus the wire) to glue over the feathers & ribbon

I went over the fabric with red Bling on a Roll. 


I glued a gold, floral trim to the stop on the Bling on a Roll.  I didn’t glue it on the bottom cause I didn’t want it scraping my neck all day.  While it does gives the collar a slightly unfinished look, I rather be comfortable.  I will however keep my eye open for a soft material that could be placed on the bottom and won’t irritate me.

And there you have it.  My interpretation of a small Feather Carnival Collar.  #BulletBullet 


PS:  I've perfected the collar making process, here are two easier and quicker versions



7 comments:

  1. Can you give an indication of where you order your feathers from online? Thanks!

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    1. Ebay. The vendors in Asia tend to be cheaper.

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  2. I'm an upcoming band leader and we have seen different ways of making collar pieces, my question for you is, how sturdy is the collar piece your way? Reason I ask is because yours have looked the best !

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    1. Very sturdy, the collars can be bent in half and put in a suitcase. I've reused the frames to make new collars. I've added links above to other collars I've made that are easier to make, especially when making multiple collars.

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  3. Thanks for the tutorial! What type of wire did you use?

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    1. I added a photo above. multi purpose wire found in the "Framing" aisle of home depot. PS: I also added 2 links to easier and prettier collars.

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