DIY Glitter Tipped Feathers (and a feature at Welcome to the Mouse House!)

As you know from last week, I’ve been having a lot of fun with glitter. I can’t stop thinking of new crafty ways to use my favorite sparkly stuff. So, today I have a quick and easy DIY to brighten up any holiday celebration! I used the Glitter Tipped Feathers you see in the picture below to make a Thanksgiving headband for Abby, but you can use them in a hundred other ways. For example, I think a banner or mobile made with this sparkling plumage would be perfect for Christmas!
But before I go any further, I want you to know that Hayley of Welcome to the Mouse House is hosting a fantastic series called Handmade Holidays and it’s all about — you got it! — making your own gifts, decorations, and outfits for the holidays. She has hosted a great group of ladies so far and I’m up today with my Feather & Leather Headband tutorial. Head on over now to read about how I made this unique Turkey-inspired headband for Abby. 
OK, let’s move on to these glittered feathers, shall we? 
You will need:
  • Feathers. I purchased some like these from my local Jo-Ann’s store. 
  • Tacky Glue. This glue works really well on feathers, felt, leather, and glitter. 
  • Glitter. 
Guess what the best part is? These instructions are SUPER simple!
First, put out some glue on disposable plate or lid of some kind. (As you can see in the picture below, I use kid cup lids because I’m fancy like that). Pour some glitter onto a plate. 

Grab your feather(s). 

Dip the tips of feather into the glue. The key is to dip the feather very lightly and cover only the tips with glue. If you find it difficult to coat the tips evenly, try putting some glue on your finger tips and applying it to the feather tips with your fingers. This worked well for me, although I did have to stop and wash my hands a lot!

While the glue is still very wet, dip the feather tips into the pile of glitter. Move the feather around lightly until all the glue is coated with glitter.

If you’re like me, you’ll end up dipping more than one feather at once.

Set the feathers aside and let them dry. After about 15 minutes they will be dry enough to use in any craft or sewing project your heart desires. You’re done!

Beautiful, aren’t they? I just love glittered feathers! Head on over to my Feathered Headband tutorial to see what I did with the feathers in these pictures.

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  1. says

    I also commented over at Welcome to the Mouse House, but wanted to say here that these are fantastic, cute, and all-things-wonderful! Your instructions make it clear how to make my own, and I just might try!