How to Make a Feather Hair Clip – Craft Tutorial

Posted By Noc Bay October 4th, 2011 Last Updated on: January 4th, 2022

This project uses the new popular feather hair clip as the way to fasten feathers in your hair. Small domesticated bird feathers can be used for the feathers. These are from farm grey goose.

Here's what you need to make feather hair clips:

  • 2 feathers that face the same direction
  • 8 Pony size 5/0 beads
  • 8 4mm metal beads
  • 2 Spaghetti beads (ultra-thin bone or horn hair pipe can also be used.)
  • 1 Ten inch length of 20 gauge stainless steel wire
  • 1 Hair Clip

Thread the wire through the hole in the closed end of the hair clip to the halfway point. Twist the wire about three turns, leaving a loose loop in contact with the feather hair clip. (Figure 1)

Feather Hair Clips

Figure 1

Thread the beads on the wire ends according to your pattern. (Figure 2)  Working on a towel spread on a table helps keep the beads from falling all over. When you have the beads on bend the wire so they don't fall off when working with each feather.

Feather Hair Clips

Figure 2

Trim the quill of each feather right at the base of the feather's blade. (Figure 3) This is the spot where you plan to have the beads meet the feather.

Feather Hair Clips

Figure 3

Cut the first wire so you have at least 2 inches of wire past the beads. (Figure 4) Using pliers, test the length of the wire needed by forcing the wire up the quill until it is snug. (Figure 5) Pull out and measure the length of wire that went into the quill. Using that measurement, cut off the wire so that the distance from the beads to the end will fit into the quill tightly.

Feather Hair Clips

Figure 4

Feather Hair Clips

Figure 5

Put a strip of tacky glue on the wire length. (Figure 6) Force the wire into the quill and remove excess glue. (Figure 7)

Feather Hair Clips

Figure 6

Feather Hair Clips

Figure 7

Complete the same process with the other feather. Let everything dry. You can then snap open the feather hair clip and put your new decoration in your hair. (Figure 8)

Feather Hair Clips

Figure 8

Copyright 2004 by Loren Woerpel, Noc Bay Publishing, Inc.

Home ยป Native American Articles ยป Pow Wow ยป Craft Tutorials ยป How to Make a Feather Hair Clip – Craft Tutorial

0 0 votes
Article Rating
Notify of
Oldest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Little Feather

I am trying to make a feathered hairpiece, but with a round medallion and a feather glued to that….then a way to put thread thru the medallion to be able to tie it to the hair.


hey there! I love feathers and also did some feather-hairclips. the only problem I have is that they tend to get frazzeled after a while in my hair… do you have any idea to make them less fragile and more lasting? ๐Ÿ™‚ thanks a lot! cheers!

Sherri Conley

You can seal them with either spray adhesive or a heavy duty hairspray, and it keeps them from separating and getting all funky looking. Just give them a good spray, front AND back, and let them dry COMPLETELY before placing in hair. Also, store the clips on something that allows them to hang and not just shoved in a drawer or something. A really easy and inexpensive way to store them is to get an embroidery hoop, or something similar and half-hitch a length of grosgrain ribbon to it. Then you have something to clip your hair accessories to. ๐Ÿ˜Š


Hi I make dream catchers and am wanting to make moccasins and muclucs can you e-mail me the instructions to do that thank you

Sue Wilson

Just wondering where you get the clips with the holes in them. I have looked everywhere I can think, but cant find any with the holes in them. Can anyone steer me in the right direction? Thank you.

Paul G
Sue Wilson

Thank you Paul. I had not heard of that sight before. Again Thank you. Have a blessed day. ๐Ÿ™‚


Thanks, this is very nice, I have few raven feathers, I will try it.



Debra W

Beautiful hairclips. Thank you for sharing. Being taught in the traditional ways that to break or cut the quill of the feathers drains its spirit, like Tibiki, I appreciate the workaround of protecting the integrity of the feather.


Thank you for this tutorial. I made a hair clip, with this as my basic guide, for a young Kwe and used embroidery floss on the quills in a straight wrap around pattern. I hope it stays together well and she can dance with the feather clip on…never tried it before. I am most concerned that the wire will come unattached but my project looked beautiful when completed.


wonderful idea, I have made many feathered hair clips but not like this… This looks great, thanks.

Shilo Tennya

Nice, I will be makeing some of these.
You showed this well, got anymore?

Paul G

Yes, we have more coming!
Keep an eye on this page:

Free Email Series: What to Expect at Your First Pow Wow