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DIY Glittered Found Feather Art

DIY Glittered Found Feather Art from Farmhouse38.comSooooooo, I’m a feather hoarder. I suppose this may be a side effect of chicken keeping. Every morning when I go to let the girls out, I collect whatever good-looking feathers I find sitting on the ground. When it’s molt season, good lawd, I come out of the chicken garden with a ton of feathers. And if you’re wondering where those smart little red feathers came from? I also collect the feathers that my African Grey, Nixie, drops from her saucy red tail. Yes, it has come to this.

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Oh, the feathers that come off those fluffy butts.

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Nix says: Whaddup. No seriously. She says that. She won’t shut up.

Framing feathers is nothing new, let’s be honest. But the chickens are forcing my hand. Look at all these suckers!

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So many feathers, so little time.

So, unholster your glitter and let the crafting commence!

I found this great ‘Norrlida‘ frame at Ikea and knew immediately when I saw it that it was the one. It’s an interesting size and shape (approx. 12″ x 28.5″), and comes with a beautiful matte insert that is white on one side, black on the other. Outstanding for framing up a collection.

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I then assembled my troops across a sheet of wax paper.

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Four of each color feather, and a fine assortment of color-coordinating glitters.

To adhere the glitter, I decided to use metal leaf adhesive (the kind you use for adhering gold leaf, like this), because it is a very watery glue that you apply with a brush and then let dry completely before applying your glitter (or metal leaf, if that’s your bag, baby). It becomes tacky when it’s dry. I like tacky. Using a heavier wet-applied glue, such as Modge-Podge would probably also work, but the thicker the adhesive, the more likely it’s gonna manipulate the feather out of it’s natural feather shape as you apply it. No bueno. If using Modge-Podge or Elmer’s Glue or something like that, I’d water it down a bit so it flows a little easier.

Carefully paint the top quarter to third of your feather with the adhesive:

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It doesn’t have to be perfect, just some version of a straight line. The glitter will blur the line a bit anyway.

If you’ve applied your adhesive and the feather went a little wonky, I’ve got a trick to fix it. Take a piece of clear Scotch tape and apply it to the back of the feather, then trim around the shape of the feather as you’d like it to be.

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There is nothing more frustrating than a wonky feather.

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Once you’ve applied your glitter, there is not a single trace of wonkiness. Magic.

Once you’ve applied your glitter, make sure to give those feathers the good ol’ tap and shake and get off all the excess glitter. Use a small, clean, dry paintbrush to dust away any errant glitter along the ‘glitter line’ to make the line as tidy as possible.

At this point, I prefer to give my glittered feathers a light spray of clear coat to keep the glitter in place. You don’t have to do this. The clear coat keeps the glitter in place, but it also slightly dumbs down the sparkle. But if you don’t clear coat, you may find that the glitter will shed a bit inside your frame. You kind of have to pick your poison.

Once everything is glittered, and coated, and dry, arrange your feathers as you want them on the matte and warm up your glue gun. Attach each with a small dot of glue applied to the backside of the feather shaft and then push the feather flat against the board as it dries to flatten it out.

Reassemble your frame and find yourself somewhere pretty to hang it.

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Glittery, feathery goodness.

 

 

Cupid’s Arrow Garland

DIY Cupid's Arrow Garland by Farmhouse38.comThe Valentine’s Day crafts have exploded glitter and little red and pink hearts all over the house. This is just the way it has to be.

This cute little garland is definitely largely to blame.

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Teeny, tiny arrows…but what happened to the teeny, tiny bows? We may never know.

So I started by collecting a bunch of twigs from my cedar trees in the backyard.  I chose sticks that were roughly an eighth of an inch in diameter, more or less.  When I had found enough of these, I washed them (sticks are DIRTY, it turns out), and then cut them down into 2-1/2 to 3 inch lengths.  I cut approximately 45 little pieces. And then I laid them out to dry and get a tan.

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This looks super OCD. Because it is.

While they dried, I went to work making my little hearts.  Now, I know there are lots of crafty options for making these little guys easily(hole punches, scrapbooking bits and bobs), but I never do things the easy way, it seems.  And I just wanted to make these from stuff I had sitting around at home–so that meant I traced and cut out each little heart by hand.  Using a random notecard, I drew my first heart and cut it out to my liking, and then used that to trace 44 more.  A little labor intensive, yes.  But worth it because I didn’t have to drag my butt to the craft store.

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This didn’t take that long to do. I swear.

After I had cut them all out, I spaced them out on a piece of tinfoil and slapped some red paint on them.

While those dried, I gave the tiny sticks each a rough coat of white paint–not quite a solid coat so that they had a white-washy kinda vibe to them.

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Painting sticks is fun. I promise. You might want to wear gloves.

Next I needed feathers…where to get some feathers…?

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Oh, of course! My gatherings from the Great Chicken Molt of 2013.

I then cut each feather down into a sort of chevron shape (each feather yielded me two little arrow tufts), and then laid them out on tinfoil and slathered varying hues of acrylic paint across them.  Again, it’s a lot easier to just go and buy colored feathers from the craft store, but what else was I going to do with all these darned chicken feathers? (Don’t worry, more crafts!)

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Let these dry just a tad and then carefully peel them up from the tinfoil so that they don’t get super stuck. Or save yourself the trouble and go buy feathers from Hobby Lobby.

When that had set, it was time to assemble the arrows.  Hello, hot glue gun!  I simply hot-glued a heart and a feather to each little painted stick.

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They looked so adorable all lined up on this Gershwin & Gertie chalkboard that I almost wanted to glue them down and call it a day. But I did not.

It was at this juncture that I decided my little arrows were in serious need of some glitter.  So I gave each heart another coat of paint and a healthy dusting of red glitter and then let them set.

To assemble the garland, I used thin, galvanized, craft wire, which I wrapped around the center of the first arrow shaft a few times (you can super-secure this by hitting the wrapped wire with a dot of hot glue, but I didn’t need to do that).  Approximately five or so inches down the wire, I did this with the next arrow, and so on.

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The spacing and quantity of materials I used yielded me about 14 feet of festiveness.

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Oh, I am just getting started on the Valentine’s Day fun…never you worry. 🙂

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