Don't throw out your used shells, turn them into fashionable earrings you can make at home!
One of my 'go to' flies is the pheasant tail nymph. A very versatile fly that can be tied in different colors and with variations like a bead head or flash back. Simple to tie and with only 3 different ingredients for the basic fly, you can definitely use up those loose pheasant tails that aren't perfect for other crafts.
I purchased a grape vine wreath from Hobby Lobby for $5. It takes several sticks of hot glue and many feathers, depending on how detailed you want your wreath.
I love birds of all sorts. They are all so beautiful, and each feather is unique. While looking through a bag of pheasant feathers, you might initially think there are ten feather variations, only to realize there are twenty or more similar colors/patterns. Even then, each one is its own individual self, just like a snowflake. Here I have written a tutorial for creating these stunning feather ornaments.