[DIY Tutorial] Gold glitter-tipped feather props

MbM_DIY-TUTORIAL_GOLD-FEATHERS_MainHey hey hey! How are we all doing this week? Are we up for some DIY fun……perhaps some sparkly DIY fun? Why not, eh? I mean, who doesn’t like a bit of sparkle and shimmer!

Well then, if you saw the ‘modern baroque‘ wedding shoot that got featured on Bridal Musings last week, there are a couple of DIY elements/details I did for the shoot I thought I’d share with you in the form of tutorials should you fancy replicating them. So, this week, I’m going to start by showing you how to make some gold glitter-tipped feathers but this time, instead of using them as table decorations like we did in the shoot, we’re going to hang it from the ceiling so to create a cool ‘Baroque-esque’ or ‘Gatsby Glamour’ feather backdrop or installation for any event that needs a touch of glitz and glam! It can be against a wall as a photo backdrop or suspended over your dinning or dessert table to add that bit wow factor. So here’s what you need:

SUPPLIES: 

  1. White or Black Feathers – easily available on Ebay, haberdashery or Craft stores. You will need to order according to the size of your project. My guide for suspended installation is to have at least 20 feathers within a 1m squared area for it to be really effective.
  2. Gold glitter – you can pick another colour if you want
  3. Gold spray paint
  4. Cotton thread (seen in the later images)
  5. Scissors (seen in the later images)
  6. Large plastic sheet of lots of old newspaper – anything to cover the area when you will be spraying. MbM_DIY-TUTORIAL_GOLD-FEATHERS_Supplies

INSTRUCTIONS:

[1] Make sure you cover a large surface area on either your work top, some place outside….anywhere you choose to do this spray paint job. Even though this is technically a small spray paint job, you will be surprised how easily the paint can get everywhere so you want to be careful not to get metallic gold paint in places you don’t want it seen!

[2] Take the feathers one at a time and gently aim the spray paint at the tip of the feathers. Try and apply the spray paint lightly starting from the tip and moving ever so slightly down it. Spray in short bursts to avoid heavy application. And you want to master this technique in order to get that slight gradient look. Do this on both sides of the feathers.

[3] As soon as the tips are covered with paint on both sides, take the glitter and gently pour some over the paint while it is wet – this way, you’ll be sure it sticks and there’s less chance of it falling off later! Again, try and mimic the gradient effect by applying less glitter as you move slightly down the quill. You will only need a bit of glitter so don’t go too heavy with it. MbM_DIY-TUTORIAL_GOLD-FEATHERS_01

[4] Repeat this with all the feathers you have and lay them aside to dry on a raised vessel or block so that the wet painted area isn’t directly touching any surfaces. Leave it to dry for 15 minutes just let the glitter settle. Although, you may still find that you’re still going to get some amount glitter fall everywhere even when dry

[5] Once all the paint has dried, you will now need your reel of white cotton thread which you will need to cut to size the length you want – this is determined by the height of your ceiling and how far you want it to drop down. Also, my big tip here is to create assorted lengths so it gives the whole installation some dimension and depth. You’ll see what I mean when you see the light hitting on all the glitter!

[6] Take each feather and tie the cut lengths of thread onto the stem of the feathers. This is the fiddly bit and may a little longer if you have heaps of feathers to get through…..oh but it is worth it! :P

[7] It may be easier for you to fasten the threaded feather to the ceiling one feather at a time so you can get a good idea of placement, spacing and at what heights it should be suspended at. Just do it all by eye. Stand back every now and then to see if they’re all spaced out visually and if you can, try avoid big gaps….its almost like putting lights on your Christmas tree! :P

And voila! You have yourself a glamorous gold-glittered-feather installation. In all honestly, I’m now tempted to do this properly someday myself – and by that I mean, get a whole lot more feathers and hang them over our dinning table for when we have guests over for dinner! What I’m showing you here is a fraction of what I have in mind so when I do get that done, I’ll let you know! :)

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What do yo think folks? Is it something you’d like to give a try? Also, if you don’t have the time and patience for this, then use these as table decor or maybe even tie the feathers to florist wire and include them in some floral arrangement. The ideas are just endless so just let your creative juices take you some place fun. Whatever you decide to do with these glittered feathers, please do share them either on my Facebook pagetwitter or IG so I can see what you get up to. Remember to include the hashtag #CraftwithMolu!!

Happy crafting lovelies x x

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