Upcycled angel wings: One of my very first posts was about upcycling shuttlecocks. I am inundated with feather shuttlecocks, my family is badminton mad and play several times a week.
It doesn’t take too many whacks of a racquet before a feather shuttlecock is past its best and relegated to the practice bag. I have hundreds of them, as I can’t bear to throw them out.
I’m determined to find ways of upcycling them. My latest feather shuttlecock upcycle is a festive one; a shuttlecock angel wings Christmas decoration. They go well with the denim and doily angel wing ornaments I have also made.
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Upcycling Badminton Shuttlecocks (Birdies) Into Angel Wings
What you need
All you need to make these Shuttlecock Angel wings are:
- Six feather shuttlecocks per set of wings. If you don’t happen to be a badminton mad family like mine, with an endless supply of used shuttlecocks, you could try your local club or ask badminton playing friends. The playing life of feather shuttlecock is very short and they are often just discarded afterward.
- Scrap cardboard for the hearts (I just use old packaging).
- Strong scissors, small pegs or bulldog clips, and a good strong clear glue such as UHU.
How to make Shuttlecock Angel Wings
1.. First, you need to deconstruct your shuttlecocks by cutting off the rubber and cork end of the shuttlecock and then opening out the feathers into one long strip.
2. You will need three strips of feathers for each wing, hence 6 shuttlecocks for each pair of angel wings.
3. Next, glue the 3 strips of feathers together one on top of the other. Offset them to create 3 rows of feathers. Use the pegs or bulldog clips to hold the shuttlecock feathers together as the glue dries.
Once dry, trim your feathers into a more angel shaped wing. This is easily done with a pair of scissors.
4. Then, cut out a cardboard heart shape. I spray painted the cardboard heart copper to add to the decoration. Then glue a pair of your upcycled wings to the back of the cardboard. Use pegs to hold in place whilst it drys.
5. Finally, once the upcycled angel wings are dried, you can leave them as they are or spray paint them as I have done. I fancied some copper wings, so spray painted a couple of pairs of them with copper paint.
I like to hang my shuttlecock angel wings from a branch, but you could string them into a garland or hang them individually on the Christmas tree.
The angel wings would also make a great name placeholder on the Christmas lunch table. If using them on the Christmas table you could write the place names on the hearts.
As I said at the beginning of the post I am always looking for things to make with shuttlecocks as I have an endless supply. If you have any ideas of other shuttlecock upcycles I would love to hear them.
I have also made feathers out of scrap pieces of old jeans for a denim feather wall decoration. However, I could also perhaps now use to make some denim angel wings.
You might want to check out some of my other upcycled Christmas decorations.