How to Cover a Styrofoam Ball With Feathers

By Ainsley Patterson

Things Needed

  • Styrofoam ball
  • Craft glue
  • Long, smooth feathers
  • Small, fluffy feathers

Feathers available at craft stores come in two main textures: smooth and fluffy. The fluffy feathers are shorter in length than the smooth feathers. Use either feather type to cover a Styrofoam ball to use for any number of decorative craft projects. Place the feather-covered balls in a vase for a centerpiece, hang them from the ceiling or use them as Christmas ornaments.

Flat, Smooth Feathers

Apply a line of glue down the stem of one feather.

Wrap the feather around the Styrofoam ball. Hold the feather in place for two minutes while the glue dries.

Attach another feather to the ball in the same manner as the first. Place the second feather on the ball parallel to the first with half its width overlapping the first feather.

Continue attaching feathers to the ball until the entire ball is wrapped.

Small, Fluffy Feathers

Dip the tip of one feather's stem in craft glue.

Insert the glue-covered stem of the feather into the ball.

Dip the stem tip of a second feather in craft glue.

Insert the stem tip into the ball 1/4 inch away from the first feather.

Continue inserting feathers into the ball, keeping 1/4 inch between the feathers, until the entire ball is covered.

About the Author

Based in Ypsilanti, Mich., Ainsley Patterson has been a freelance writer since 2007. Her articles appear on various websites. She especially enjoys utilizing her more than 10 years of craft and sewing experience to write tutorials. Patterson is working on her bachelor's degree in liberal arts at the University of Michigan.