1. You will have to sort through your feathers to find good ones that you will be able to use. Most of my feathers's vanes were torn apart so I just tossed them in a pile because I wouldn't be using them for this project.
2. I sorted my feathers into three groups: Contour feathers, Semiplumes, and then the small Guinea feathers.
The feathers in your pack may be different but usually the same feathers are in every pack...especially if you buy yours from Hobby Lobby
Do not glue yet, just get a feel of what the base will look like for your fascinator so this will minimize any mess ups.
Take the contour feathers and place them as shown in the photo above on the left and right. If your feathers do not fit together very well because of different sizes...I would advise cutting the ends of the quills to shorten them.
"click photo to view the full layering process"
The main point about this tutorial is "layering."
From left to right this is how I layered my fascinator.
I first added the contour feathers as a base, then the semiplumes in bare areas, and finally I added my Guinea feathers on top of the semiplumes and placed my center piece in the middle of the whole thing covering all the weirdness you will see occurring in the middle area.