Feathers are SIMPLY stunning on their own! Add a little sparkle from some glitter, spray paint or even some hundreds and thousands, now we're talking SUPER stunning and stylish. Here you'll find a quick way to "fancy up your feathers", as well as a few crafty ideas on how to use them. Get set to make something 'pretty' special.
You need the following to begin creating:
- Feathers (of any colour, shape or size)
- Metallic gold and/or silver spray paint
- 100s and 1000s (yep! try not to eat them)
- Clear nail polish
Follow the simple steps below and you'll have a bouquet of feathers like these in no time!
Spray Painted Feather Tip
While it truly is as simple as spray painting the tip of a few feathers, you may want to consider practicing on a stick or some leaves before you get stuck in. I would also recommend wearing gloves (otherwise your nails may be gold by the time you finish). Find yourself a nice clean space outside away from other objects and out of the wind. Give the paint can a good shake and test spray a swipe on some newspaper. Now lightly spray the ends of the feather, or if you like things really neat cover the feather section you don't want to spray with some cardboard to protect it from any over spray. Don't go to heavy on the spray it could damage the feather. Allow the paint to dry for the recommended time on the can. You could hang them up with some string to help them dry faster and not stick to your work area. Make sure they're spaced so the don't bump each other.
Glitter or 100s&1000s Tipped Feathers
For this you will need the nail polish. Yep - any old clear nail polish will do. I find this way so much easier and the polish dries a lot faster than glue. Simply start with a clean work space then paint your feather with a reasonable amount of nail polish. Now sprinkle over your glitter. You may wish to turn the feather over and gently push it down into the glitter. I like to repeat this and do the glitter on the reverse side of the feather.
Use this same method for your 100s&1000s tips. (The one small difference is I only do one side of the feather with 100s&1000s.)
Now that you have your pretty feathers you could use them for a range of things. A few weeks back I introduced you to a lovely lady, Ashlea Kerr from Glamour Coastal Living, through my Handmade Series If you click the links you can see Ashlea uses feathers in her stunning dreamcatchers. I've been including some feathers in my weavings too.
Other pretty feather ideas are for gift wrapping, make your own card, a bouquet of feathers in a vase or simply tied with ribbon, in a garland, wall hanging. A single feather framed in a picture frame would be a stunning statement. The possibilities are endless.......