DIY Painted Feathers

I’ve always loved the idea of painting fake feathers, and with festival season underway it seemed like the perfect time to do it.  I originally thought of these purely as decorations but then it occurred to me that they’d be a great finishing touch for a festival outfit. This is a great activity to do outside on a warm sunny day, and once you start it’s slightly addicting!


What you need: fake feathers, paint (I used acrylic paint), and a paint brush.


I got this paint from Utrecht and I love it.


I added a little bit of water to the paint before applying to the feathers, and they absorbed the paint almost like watercolor. I love the way the colors bleed into each other.


After the entire feather was covered I added some dots and lines with white paint.


Get as creative and colorful as you want with the feathers!





I wanted to add in some of the smaller brown feathers to my arrangement, so for those I kept it simple and painted them in colorful ombre shades.



Arrange your feathers on a wall as beautiful spring artwork!


Another idea: Stick one in a fedora for an awesome festival look.


You can also use jewelry wire to attach a feather to a bag as a cute, boho charm!


Bag pictured: Diamond Stud Crossbody.

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Photos by Julia & Brigette.

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These are beautiful, great for sprucing up a room!



So beautiful as decor! Where can I get fake feathers? Really don’t want to buy the real ones.

Ohmygosh this is sooo cool! The feathers look so pretty after being painted. I might just do this for the fun of it! ♥


yeah, I don’t think those are fake….but you can cut vinyl or leather into the shape of one and then add fringe by cutting into your ‘feather’

So super duper cool!!! I need to make a few of those!!!


This totaly caught my eye this morning.
They are like works of art. Love!

I do this for the dream catchers I make ;)

Terri Betz

Wonderful! Thanks for this post! Off to paint feathers! :)

Love this, so cute!

Wow those look so gorgeous, I must do this now!


Yeah, the feathers shown in those images are real, not fake… why would Free People lie about using real feathers? It’s obvious they are real.


Oh and I should have said that I love this post and the DIY idea… I just meant to point out the weirdness that FP would say they used fake feathers when it’s very obvious from the downy base and the shaft of the feather that they’re definitely from real birds.


It’s so cool !
OMG I love your rings ! where did u get it?

Love it!!!SO inspiring!!!xxx

such a lovely idea and so fun!


Hi was wondering if the paint makes them hard?

Some great ideas here! I already paint feathers and sell them in my etsy shop (mostly for hair accessories), so some tips for other people who are new to this is to definitely mix the acrylic paint with a lot of water. You can always use several watered down layers of paint over one another to achieve a color. It gives you more steps to do, but it really helps if you want to avoid a hard and separated feather.

These are so pretty. What a lovely idea.


I love these!
How long did the paint take to dry? And did you wait for the paint to dry between colors?


I’ve been trying to find feathers for forever now! I can’t seem to find the right ones. Is there any online store i can order it? I’ve already tried looking at Michael’s :/

Amanda root

Great spring break project with my daughters!!

Amanda root

Ben Franklin had great white feathers…


So pretty! And i love all the ideas of ways to use them

Definitely going to try this with my dreamcatchers! My store is if anyone wants to take a look at some of the designs I came up with.