DIY Watercolor Feathers

When I think of spring, I think of pretty pastels. I’ve always thought feathers were beautiful on their own, but today, I thought I’d jazz them up a bit. This is a SUPER simple and fun DIY that doesn’t cost more than $10 and can be used in a ton of ways!

DIY Watercolor Feathers

The first thing I always do is gather my supplies and lay them out. I purchased a few packets of these craft feathers at Michael’s and tossed some of the damaged ones aside to test colors on. The paint colors I selected reflect spring and summer and coordinate with some of the colors in my home. I would suggest using 5-7 colors, although you could get by with less if you water them down to create more shades.


I laid out my work space on a brown grocery bag (pretty right?). Make sure to set out a mug of clean water and your paint brush and/or sponge.

Next, start painting! I began by using a metallic gold since I knew I wanted that on a few of the feather tips. I didn’t use water with this as I was worried it wouldn’t be gold enough, but in hindsight, water would work just as well, if not better. I also used a regular small paintbrush for the rest of the colors (instead of the sponge shown) and it seemed to work well.

Feather Painting

Once I finished with the gold, I set those feathers aside to dry for a few minutes and began working with the other colors on feathers that didn’t have gold on them yet. It is really easy to keep your colors separated if you paint upward with the vain of the feather. If you try going rogue, good luck and let me know how it turns out!

Watercolor Feathers

This is just a small selection of some of my faves. I think they turned out great! I left the natural coloring on some of them and just worked around it.

Here are some ideas on how to use them:

  1. On presents with ribbon instead of bows
  2. Attach to pens to brighten up your desk
  3. Boho wall hanging (coming to this very blog, soon)

Now get out there and do something crafty.

xo- Em