It’s funny sometimes how one fun project can lead to another. I was inspired to make these ombre painted feathers after making the ombre feather stamped canvas – the canvas turned out so pretty, and so did the feathers! And of course I have a love of all things colorful (and ombre!)… and so the ombre painted feathers began.
I have to say, these feathers really turned out beautiful. At first I was going to leave them just plain ombre colored, but then I just had to add the fun little designs. These feathers would look awesome and unique as gift-toppers or bookmarks. I love how they are so fun and colorful!
How to Make Decorative Ombre Painted Feathers
- Feathers in desired size
- Colored acrylic paint
- White or cream colored acrylic paint
- Paintbrushes – one fine tipped (not shown) and one slightly wider
- Surface to mix paint (I used a disposable plate so I could throw it away when done)
- A mat to prevent paint spills (I used a plastic disposable tablecloth)
**You’ll want to choose non-toxic paint in case you get it on your fingers while painting
1. Paint the Feathers Ombre
The first step is to paint the ombre coloring on the feathers. I started with two little squirts of paint – one aqua blue and one white. I painted the first little section blue near the tip of the feather.
Then I mixed a little of the white paint into the blue to create a slightly lighter shade. I painted this lighter blue on the next small section of the feather. I repeated this process several more times, adding a little white paint to form a lighter shade and painting the next section.
When I was finished painting the blue feather, I set it on the mat to dry. It’s important that you let the feathers fully dry before moving on to the next step (otherwise the colored paint might mix into your design).
You can see in the picture below that it starts at the tip with an aqua blue color and gets lighter and lighter blue moving down the feather. The bottom section is a very light blue, almost white.
2. Add the Design
Once the feathers are dry from the last step, you are ready to add your design. Of course, you might just like the plain ombre look, in which case you could skip this last step and be done (and not add any extra designs).
If you’re like me and want to add a little extra design, grab your fine-tipped paintbrush and a little white paint. I started at the tip of the feather with my design, adding lines and dots as I moved toward the bottom.
My last step was to paint down the center line of the feather with white paint. Then I set my feather on the mat to dry and started on the next one.
These DIY painted feathers turned out so pretty! I think the colorful ombre and simple design just look great together. In just two simple steps, you can paint your feathers a colorful ombre and add a fun design. And seriously, how cute would these look topping your next gift instead of a gift bow or dangling from a beautiful dreamcatcher?
If you’re looking for more DIY ombre painted fun, make sure to check out how to make a DIY ombre love handprint canvas. Looking for more feather projects? Don’t miss how to make an ombre feather stamped canvas.
How do you plan to use your ombre painted feathers?