These Feather Trees look like they would take a long time, but they honestly don’t. And using the supplies I found, they were cheaper to make than to buy hands down. I also love that these can be customized to your color scheme and can be subtle and neutral colored or can be fun and funky too depending on the look you’re going for.
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I love the idea of unique decor any time of the year around the house. But when it comes to Christmas decor, I love to use decor that’s fun and interesting and that catches people’s eye. These DIY Feather Trees do just that, and they’re really very simple and quick to make.
How do you make Feather Trees?
You will need:
For the best coverage and overall look, in my opinion, you should glue the feathers on with the curving outwards. This allows them to lay better on the Feather Trees and gives them more of the appearance of evergreen branches.
I just made a little line of hot glue, starting at the bottom, and worked a couple of inches at a time. I pressed the end of the feather into the hot glue, and then quickly grabbed another feather and repeated until I needed more hot glue.
Pro Tip: Hot glue will make lots of little glue strings by the end of your projects! Be sure to take a couple of minutes and remove those dried glue strings at the end of your project before displaying or selling for the best results.
What size feathers work best?
Feathers that are like 4″ or shorter work best as they are more pliable. The smaller the tree, the smaller the feathers should be. I used this beautiful pack of white feathers I found on Amazon for my white 10″ tree and it’s absolutely elegant.
I really really love how my little tree turned out. The feathers were much smaller, and not uniform in size and color like the white feathers I used on my big tree. To be honest, I was worried they would be harder to work with and wouldn’t look as good on the finished Feather Trees. I was so wrong! I think I like this one with the brown pheasant feathers better than the white one!
Where do you get the feathers for these Feather Trees?
Feel free to make it funky with neon feathers, or make it elegant with jewel tones or blacks and greys. Amazon has a ton of feathers that you can get for pretty cheap. For reference, I had plenty of white feathers to do two of the 10″ tree size. The brown pheasant feathers would probably have done ten of the 7″ trees easily. Great price when you do the breakdown of costs versus buying one.
How long do Feather Trees take to make?
The bigger white tree took me probably half an hour, and the smaller brown tree took me about twenty minutes to complete. I could have done it faster, but I wanted to be sure to cover any of the brown cardboard of the tree so it didn’t show through the feathers. However you choose to make yours, I’m sure it will be beautiful!