DIY: Beautify your fall with painted feathers

From summer piñatas to DIY advent calendars to artist Easter baskets, Em B. is so good at getting into the spirit of a season. Lucky for us, this Hallmark designer is ready with a so-on-trend tribute to fall. Grab your PSL (or don’t) and get ready.

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As fall kicks in and everything turns pumpkin flavored, it’s always fun to give the home a little fall flair. I’m always on the search for a new “something” that feels a little more unique.

What did I find this fall? Painted feathers! Feathers are very affordable and can be found at most craft stores. (And be sure the feathers you use come from from the craft store! Gathering wild bird feathers is illegal.) With a little paint and time, feathers can become one-of-a-kind little pieces of art for your home. And painting feathers is also a fun project to do with some friends.

It’s easier than you think, and faster than it looks!

DIY painted feather art |

What you’ll need:

  • Feathers from the craft store—any size, any color. (Neutrals are always a nice place to start.)
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paint brush
  • Metallic paint markers (optional)

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What to do: 

Paint those feathers! Let your imagination guide you.

Tip: For a watercolor effect, add water to the paint. The thinned-out paint will spread over the feather easily. It’s great way to create a base color or to let the natural feather patterns show through.

DIY painted feather art |

DIY painted feather art |

What you can do with you newly painted feathers:

  • Use them as place settings on your table
  • Place them in old bottles for shelf or accent table décor
  • Attach them to invites for a dinner party
  • Add them to your floral centerpiece

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Photography by Jake Johnson.

Let us know how you use your painted feathers! Tag us on Instagram @think.make.share



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  1. 8.30.17 | Reply
    Noreen Goetz wrote:

    Love the feather ideas

  2. 8.30.17 | Reply
    Mary wrote:

    Make sure the feathers you are painting are purchased. It is illegal in many states, and the nation, to collect many feather-types, regardless of whether or not you just find them on the road or in the woods. This disclaimer should appear on your page.

    • 8.30.17 | Reply
      Think.Make.Share wrote:

      Thank you so much for calling this to our attention, Mary. We have added this information to the post copy.

  3. 3.24.21 | Reply

    I love using feathers in my art work. I do a lot of Southwest crafting so this fits right in.