Painted Glitter Feathers Tutorial

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Now I’ve finally had the chance today to use some of the feathers that the kids have been collecting for me and have a go at making some coloured glitter feathers.

I was so pleasantly surprised as to how lovely they actually turned out I thought I would share with you guys exactly how I made them.


Turquoise Glitter Feather


You can see I have a slight obsession with turquoise and blues, I think these colours look so lovely together.


Home Style Idea Using Glitter Feathers


I was initially inspired by all the gorgeous glitter tipped feathers which are appearing all over the place at the minute.

I decided to put my own spin on it and just tried a few different things out with the materials I had on hand.


These are super easy to make!


Painted Glitter Feathers

Materials Needed



(I used just ordinary grey & white feathers found outside)

Acrylic Paint Pearl Medium

**Ceramcoat Acrylic Gleams – Pearl Finish**

(this is optional but it gave my feathers a nice sheen)

Protective Covering

(waxed paper, plastic mat or newspaper)


(you may want a few containers to catch your excess glitter)



Painted Glitter Feathers



1. Clean your feathers

If your feathers are gathered from outside it is probably wise to clean them.

I just soak them in warm water with a drop of antibacterial washing up liquid, rinse them well, then very gently shake or squeeze excess water towards the tip, try to gently shape the feathers so that the fluffy bits are lying in the right direction.

I then gently lay them on a towel to dry.They will look thinner but will return more or less to the original shape once dry.

2. Prep your area

I used disposable waxed paper palette sheets as it was easy to spread the paint around but you could just do it on a plastic mat or newspaper

3. Gather your materials

In addition to the items shown above make sure you have a beaker of water and some cloths on hand

4. Mix your desired colours

This is optional but I added some pearl medium to mine to give it a lovely iridescent finish

5. Paint your feathers

Paint the front and back of your feathers


Image showing finished painted glitter feathers from tutorial


6. Shape your feathers

Our use fingers to separate the fluffy bits to make different shapes and effects

7. Time to Glitter!

If the paint is still wet then sprinkle the desired amount of glitter over your feather

If it has dried out too much then add another thin coating of paint so that the glitter has something to stick to

I used saucers to catch the excess glitter

Some feathers I just tipped the ends in the excess that had fallen onto the saucer


irridescent feathers


8. Leave to dry

I left mine a few hours to dry before faffing about with different display ideas


Don’t have time to make them now? Why not pin for later 🙂

How to paint feathers using acrylic paint

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36 thoughts on “Painted Glitter Feathers Tutorial

  • February 6, 2016 at 2:26 pm

    Thanks I really enjoyed making them.

    I have just popped over to take a peek at your site. I really like your 'party bunting in a cup' feature – so cute!

  • February 9, 2016 at 9:17 pm

    These are gorgeous! I love the pretty colors and the Glitter ~ so fun!
    Thank you for sharing this week at Brag About It link party on VMG206 (Mondays at Midnight).
    ~ Megin of VMG206

  • February 11, 2016 at 1:34 am

    What a fun project! Thank you for sharing with us at Brag About It! Pinned and tweeted to share 🙂

  • February 11, 2016 at 2:35 am

    Sam, I love turquoise as well. Your feathers are lovely!! I co-host a link party, Share Your Cup Thursday. It's about sharing the things that make you happy. It's live right now. Would love if you shared this!

  • February 11, 2016 at 10:27 pm

    Thanks for stopping by Jann. I have already visited your lovely party but linked up a different project. I will add this one to the next party x

  • February 13, 2016 at 4:07 pm

    These are very pretty! I love the sparkle! Pinned and Tweeted. Thanks for partying with us at Snickerdoodle Sunday. We hope to see you there for today's party this afternoon.

  • February 13, 2016 at 6:23 pm

    Great tutorial! Thank you for sharing at the Celebrate Your Story Link Up Party.

  • February 15, 2016 at 6:30 pm

    Very pretty! Thanks for sharing this at Motivation Monday on Mom Home Guide! Your project was chosen as a favorite this week!

  • July 14, 2016 at 1:46 pm

    Cute decor idea! Love the color you chose too. Pinned for later 🙂

  • July 14, 2016 at 2:31 pm

    Wow i didn’t know you could do this with feathers – lovely!

    • July 22, 2016 at 2:35 pm

      Yes these were just ordinary white and grey feathers collected by the kids – I really want to have another go with the new feathers my girls are collecting at the moment whilst we are on holiday – maybe I’ll try some different colours next time.

  • July 14, 2016 at 6:16 pm

    These are so beautiful! Perfect for the holidays or year-round!

    • July 22, 2016 at 2:38 pm

      Yes I want to have a play around and perhaps try them in some other colours to match up with my seasonal decor.

  • August 23, 2016 at 2:27 pm

    Such a wonderful idea, and a lot cheaper than buying them!

    • September 8, 2016 at 9:14 am

      Yes it certainly is and it’s nice to actually do something with all the feathers that my girls love to collect. 🙂

    • September 8, 2016 at 9:12 am

      Hi Katheryn, sorry for the late reply – just catching up on everything after getting back from our vacation. How wonderful! – it was a lovely surprise to come back to and I see. As always you have picked some really lovely features and I am glad that you saw fit to include my glitter feathers too. Thank you 🙂

  • August 25, 2016 at 5:39 am

    These are so beautiful! I am partial to the blues and turquoise too. I am definitely pinning to try out later! Thanks for the inspiration!

  • November 3, 2016 at 4:31 pm

    This is a great DIY tutorial and having your kids participate is even nicer. I bet they are proud of your post. I enjoyed it very much.

    • November 10, 2016 at 1:41 pm

      Thank you Leanna – yes the girls love collecting things when we are out on walks and we can also never resist a glitter opportunity 🙂

  • January 24, 2017 at 3:15 pm

    These are so neat! This looks like a really fun project to do with my daughter (when she is older 🙂

    • February 9, 2017 at 11:09 pm

      Thanks, Lisa

      Yes, we had a lot of fun making these. I really want to try making them again in reds or pinks for valentines 🙂


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