Upcycled Christmas Shuttlecock (Birdie) Angel Wings

Upcycling Badminton Shuttlecocks into shuttlecock angel wings

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.
Upcycled angel wings shuttlecock
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What you need to make upcycled Shuttlecock Angel Wings

Shuttlecock upcycling
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.
    Upcycled shuttlecock angels


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.
    Shuttlecock Angels

  3. You will need three strips of feathers for each wing.
    Upcycled shuttlecock

  5. 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 they dry.

  7. Once dry trim your feathers into a more angel shaped wing
    Shuttlecock angels

  9. Next cut out a cardboard heart shape. Then glue a pair of your upcycled wings to the back of the cardboard. Use pegs to hold in place whilst it drys.

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.
Upcycled Shuttlecock Angel
Upcycled Shuttlecock Angle wings
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.
Shuttlecock angel wings
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 alos perhaps now use to make some denim angel wings.
You might want to check out some of my other upcycled Christmas decorations.
Cute sweater upcycled ornaments
Upcycled felt Christmas tree


Upcycle some old feather badminton shuttlecocks (birdies) into some gorgeous Christmas decorations of Angel Wings.Upcycled angel wings shuttlecock


23 Responses

  1. Such a clever idea! And just love the result. Thanks so much for joining the To Grandma’s House We Go link party!

  2. I am such a fan Claire I loved badminton in school but love these Angel wings more

    • Thanks Amber, I have hundreds of shuttlecocks, I need to think of more crafts.

  3. Your ability to create beauty out of the everyday article never ceases to amaze me. These are gorgeous and so different.

    • Thank you, Leanna. I just hate waste and love to see if I can give new life to old things.

  4. What a fun project! I have actually never seen the feathered shuttlecocks (we’ve always played with plastic ones). Thanks for sharing with us at the Virtual Refrigerator. Pinned.

    • Thank you. The men and boys in my family table their badminton very seriously so play with feather shuttlecocks.

  5. These are really cute and such a great upcycling project!! Thanks for sharing at the Submarine Sunday Link Party!!

    • Claire Armstrong

      Thank you ! & Merry Christmas

  6. This is great!! I love upcycling things and these angels are just so adorable:)

    • Claire Armstrong

      Thank you ! I love upcycling things too, it seems a shame to throw away all those feather shuttlecocks.

  7. great Idea

    • Claire Armstrong

      Cheers ! Glad you like them.

  8. This is such a great repurpose. T o take something that has no real use anymore and to transform it into a beautiful angel wings ornament is brilliant. The end result is spectacular ! Thanks for sharing the how to with us and happy Holidays.

    • Claire Armstrong

      Thank you very much. I get a kick out of repurposing stuff and I’m always looking for new ideas. Merry Christmas !

  9. Very impressive!

    • Claire Armstrong

      Cheers !!

  10. What a creative idea! Love it! Thanks for sharing at My Flagstaff Home!


  11. Ama

    Cool idea! Very nice way to upcycle shuttlecocks!

    • Claire Armstrong

      Thanks very much ! I’m always looking for ways to repurpose our big pile of used shuttlecocks.

  12. How clever. These are just beautiful! You would never guess they just to be birdies!

    • Claire Armstrong

      Thank you ! I think it’s because they are really feathers which make them look special.

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