Home or Event: Decorating with Feathers
Looking for some fun decorating ideas that haven’t been done and redone? Don’t get your feathers ruffled – we have some ideas for you whether you are looking for a rustic touch to accent your home’s or cabin’s outdoor motif or an event setting that your guests will always remember. Whether you prefer bold and sassy or natural and understated, feathers can fluff your nest year-round or seasonally. Consider all the potentially be-deckable accent areas
in your home: lamp shades (if all-over is too much think a border attached with clear craft glue finished with decorative cording), mirrors and photo frames (accent one corner with a tuft of pheasant feathers anchored with a cluster of small beads or berries). Touches of feathers here and there also work well: for instance, a few pheasant feathers in a pottery jar on the mantel appear cheerfully rustic, while tall peacock plumes reaching out of an antique urn bespeak the height of Victorian elegance. Feathers can help you create the look of a winter wonderland. Picture your mantel cushioned with a snow-like layer of a white boa, sprinkled with glittered snowflakes and white and cream candles – or a wreath in the same theme using small white feathers. For a more vivid punch of color, what about a green foam wreath base twined with peacock feathers and hung with a vibrant satin bow?
If you are hosting a reception, nothing makes a bolder or more unforgettable statement than our ostrich feather centerpieces. If your plan already includes the use of flowers, try bringing out your arrangements’ subtle shades by accenting with brighter feathers in the same color family. Wow! Other ways to include feathers in your event decorating might be:
- a single peacock feather secured inside your napkin ring
- a single peacock feather glued to the front of your folded place cards
- feathers in the up-dos of the bridesmaids at a wedding
- creating a feather collar for the bridal bouquet at a winter wedding
- hot gluing feather boas onto foam styrofoam balls, then hanging them (also think red boas on a heart-shaped foam base for Valentine’s) – or placing them in our jeweled crystal candleholders
- forming feather festoons for one side of accent chairs, like those at the end of the aisle at a wedding, by trailing feathers along with the tails of a fabric bow (remember you can accent the center of the bow creatively with a brooch, buckle, mini-fruit or -pumpkins, or bud rosettes)
Not only beautiful and unique, the reusability of feathers makes them actually practical! Just don’t place them in kitchens or baths where they will be exposed to constant moisture. Mothballs can help keep away pests. To clean, gently go over feathers with a soft vacuum attachment.