Bird Crafts

Quill Pen

Make a quill pen from a bird feather -- it's surprising how well the quill pen writes, and how fun it is to make.

You may find it hard to believe, but 200 years ago, quill pens were the most popular way to write. Writing with a quill pen can be a little tricky, but you'll get the hang of it with a little practice

What You'll Need:

  • Large feather
  • Soap
  • Water
  • Scissors
  • Pin
  • Ink

How to make the nature's pen craft:

Step 1: Buy a feather at a crafts store. It should have a stout quill and be about 10 inches long.

Step 2: Soak the feather in warm soapy water for several minutes. Then rinse the feather and let it dry.

Step 3: Use scissors to trim off the bottom two inches of feather from both sides of the quill. Then cut the end of the quill to a point.

Step 4: Use a straight pin to gently clean out the inside of the quill. Be very careful not to crack or break the quill. Finally, ask an adult to cut a small slit in the point of the quill.

Step 5: To use your quill pen, dip the end in ink. The hollow quill will hold a little ink. Blot extra ink on a piece of old newspaper before you write.

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