Bohemian Feather Easter Eggs
Sometimes I have these ideas for projects in my head that don’t turn out anything like I had hoped. In fact, when spit-balling Easter ideas for Amy I mentioned this concept but then added the disclaimer that it might look tons better in my head than in real life. And in truth, my first attempt was okay but I figured one and done, you know, the first pancake and all. But that’s not how it went down at all. But in the end, I think you can see that it turned out pretty well.
I almost always seem to apply heavy coats of paint or other “stuff” to my Easter eggs and I quite simply wanted something less than all of that without feeling underdone. These bright and colorful feathers I found at the craft store have been sitting in my stash for quite some time and when I saw their bright, fun colors I realized that I really, really wanted to plonk those beauties right on some simple, white eggs.
I hope you’ll agree that while not overly done, these eggs are really quite pretty in their simplicity. Want to make some? The process is hardly difficult but I did waste quite a few feathers getting it right. Gather your materials and I’ll show you what I mean…
For this project you will need:
- White eggs
- Colorful, small-ish feathers
- Mod Podge + brush
- Hot glue gun
So these are the eggs that I am obsessed with decorating every Easter. They are plastic and dyeable eggs you can purchase for $2 a dozen at Walmart. I like the permanence of them so I can keep my creations for a long time. You can also blow the insides from real bird eggs but the shell is brittle once dry. This makes for an amazing keepsake but for decor around the house I want something less likely to be wrecked instantaneously by children or pets.
These little guinea feathers are dyed lots of pretty and bright colors. Now this dye will bleed into wet Mod Podge so we have to work quickly.
My first attempt, that first pancake, if you will turned out okay but it looked kind of spikey. Not quite what I had hoped for.
And then attempt number 2 was just like when I get my mascara all clumped up and I figure that if I keep swiping that brush across them that I can fix them but I only make them clump up even more. Gah. Ew. It’s really bad.
We want something more like this, right? To achieve this the top, spotted portion of the feather is Mod Podged onto the egg. This can get totally clumped up so this is how you’re going to avoid that… Apply a small amount of Mod Podge onto the egg where this top, dotted portion of the feather will meet with the egg. You might have to place it on the egg, eyeball about where to place the adhesive and then get after it.
Place only the top of the feather straight down onto the wet glue. Don’t use the brush to fan the feather out. Don’t push the feather around. Both of these things will gnarl up that top portion of the feather to where it is unusable super quickly. Leave the fuzzy part out of the Mod Podge, we’ll attach it in just a sec…
Decoupage as many feathers onto your eggs as you wish and give them plenty of time to dry. I waited about an hour and that’s all the more time needed. FYI, I also tried multiple feathers onto one egg and it just got too busy for me, but feel free to play around with quantity and placement.
To finish up the egg apply a tiny amount of hot glue to the end of the feather. The hard quill, I guess, thing works super well. It takes a tiny amount of hot glue to keep it securely in place. I used the lower heat glue option to keep from burning myself as the glue can easily come up around that quill part, or through the feathers.
If you, like me, burn yourself just thinking about hot glue a chopstick or a skewer work well to hold the feather down long enough for the glue to cool down and take hold. Hot glue doesn’t stick well to metal, so using a crochet hook or a spoon or whatever can work very well, too.
I found that I was happiest with the finished result with the medium sized feathers from my package. The smaller ones were simply too small. The largest in my package did make for some interesting eggs, however.
On this purple guy, I used one of the package’s larger feathers and as such the fuzzy bottom piece wraps around to the back of the egg. It came out really well but I only had 2, maybe 3 decent feathers of this size to use. Had I more I probably would have done them all this way but you can’t always tell what you’re going to get in the bag of feathers until you open it up.
Cheerful, colorful, happy and slightly bohemian in spirit, I think these eggs are simply perfect!