Feather Vane

Gun Strap Feather Vane
by "Crafty"


Crafty, a regular on the THS Board, saw this in an old movie and the idea behind it is that it shows which way the wind is blowing.  But as her Mom said, "If you can't tell which way the wind is blowing, you'd better get out of the woods!"  lol So basically it is more decorative than functional.

Approx. 72" leather cord (save small piece for top wrap)
Optional small wood beads
Pkg. natural-looking feathers
Wire, fish line & hot glue
  • Cut two pieces of leather cord, each approximately 36" long.  Fold both in half together and wrap wire around them about 1 and 1/2 inches down to form a top loop of leather.  Twist the wire in back to hold.

  • Hot glue a piece of leather cord around the wire to hide it.

  • Braid the four strands, leaving about 3 or 4 inches at bottom unbraided.  Wrap with wire at the end of braiding and twist wire to hold or tie it off with fishing line.  Tie a knot at the end of each strand.  Optional:  Slide a small wooden bead onto each strand before knotting.

  • Hot glue bunches of natural-looking feathers near the end of braid.

  • Tie a small bunch of feathers together with fishing line and tie them on with the fishing line above the bottom feathers.

  • A strap on the gun is required.  Unhook the end of strap nearest to the barrel, slide the leather loop on and re-hook the strap.

  • Add a poem if desired. Fold in half with poem to front.