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 that I thought I would share with you guys exactly how I made them.

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
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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

Feathers

(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)

Glitter!

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

Painted Glitter Feathers

Instructions

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, and 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

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

With 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 πŸ™‚

How to paint feathers using acrylic paint

If you liked this craft idea then be sure to check out some of my other tutorials.

This easy DIY Tissue Paper Heart Craft Tutorial is another quick and easy project that can be done with the kids and they make fantastic Valentine’s day decor accents.

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36 thoughts on “Painted Glitter Feathers Tutorial

  • August 23, 2016 at 9:47 pm
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    They are so pretty!! Love it! Thank you for sharing. You are one of the features at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Here is the link to this week’s bash. Have a happy week. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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    • September 8, 2016 at 9:12 am
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      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 πŸ™‚

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  • August 25, 2016 at 5:39 am
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    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!

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  • November 3, 2016 at 4:31 pm
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    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.

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    • November 10, 2016 at 1:41 pm
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      Thank you Leanna – yes the girls love collecting things when we are out on walks and we can also never resist a glitter opportunity πŸ™‚

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  • January 24, 2017 at 3:15 pm
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    These are so neat! This looks like a really fun project to do with my daughter (when she is older πŸ™‚

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    • February 9, 2017 at 11:09 pm
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      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 πŸ™‚

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