My hubby came home from Brighton last night with advent calendars from the in-laws. Which means one thing, Christmas is just around the corner!!
I recently styled a table for the Hyde Barn Tweetup and promised to share a few tutorials for the DIY elements (there were quite a few!). One of the prettiest was the glitter feather garlands I made to decorate the backs of the chairs:
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Image via Eve Dunlop
They are so simple to make and would also look great at place settings or strung up around the venue, perhaps even a gorgeous backdrop for the head table. I also think they’d look super pretty adorning a Christmas tree, so thought I’d share this one with you first!
Ok so here’s what you need:
- Pack of white feathers (I got mine from amazon nice and cheap, but you can also get them from other craft shops fairly easily)
- Gold thread (or twine, or cotton, or ribbon, or…. you get the picture!)
- PVA glue (I used mod podge as it dries nice and clear)
- Gold glitter
- Small paintbrush
- Newspaper (the glitter gets messy!)
So I started off by pouring some glitter into plastic container – I found this helpful in getting an even coverage and also when sprinkling glitter from the main container it allowed me to keep things tidy. I then dipped one end of the feather into the tub of glue, shaking off any excess, before dipping straight into my container of glitter. It worked, but the result was a bit too heavy on the glitter for me (never thought you’d hear me say that!).
So, I got a cheap small paintbrush, and with my next feather I painted the glue on in a thin layer before sprinkling with the glitter (over my container to catch it). This resulted in a much neater finish with just as much sparkle… so I continued using that technique until I’d done around five feathers per chair.
I used fine gold thread to string each mini garland together – but you could use any string/cotton/ribbon that takes your fancy. If you do use a finer thread then be careful not to get them tangled if you need to transport them (like I did!).
By the way I also did some others afterwards with gold glitter spray (just spraying the ends of each feather), which was much more subtle but looked gorgeous. A good option if need to save time or don’t want the mess!!