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
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