An artistic DIY from Paige Hemmis.


  • Feathers
  • Spray paint (any color you would like)
  • Hot glue gun
  • Hot glue sticks
  • Foam core poster board
  • Scissors
  • Shadow box (any size – I will be using 20”x20”)

DIY Feather Artwork - Home & Family


1. Take the back out of the shadow box. This will be your canvas surface for your artwork. Make sure that it is clean and dry.
2. Take your feathers and lay them out according to size. If you purchased the same size, you are a step ahead!
3. Arrange your feathers in a circle. Depending on the size of your shadow box, you can arrange to have one layer, two layers, three layers or even more.
4. Take your foam core and cut a circle 3” smaller that the diameter you want your feather to be. This will be your base circle.
5. Take your glue gun and place a bead of glue on the outside of your circle. Immediately place a feather in place with the ends of the feathers hanging off the circle’s edge.
6. Continue this process all the way around so that the outside of your circle is covered.
7. For your next layer, repeat this process with a new piece of foam core cut in a circle 3” smaller than the last layer. Add the feathers all the way around.
8. Attach these layers together with hot glue.
9. Continue this process for each layer that you would like in your shadow box.
10. If you would like to paint it, remove all of the pieces that are glued together from the shadow box.
11. Lay out a drop cloth or newspaper to set your feathers on.
12. Spray paint the corners of your feathers or the entire feather based on what color you want the piece to be. Be sure to watch for drips. You may have to do many coats to make sure that each feather and foam core are completely covered. Make sure that each layer is dry before you add an additional layer.
13. Let the project dry completely before setting it back into the shadow box. You can secure this with hot glue and/or pins. Each shadow box usually comes with pins to display your project.
14. Add the glass onto the shadow box base and secure into place.
15. Sit back, relax and enjoy your new feather artwork!

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