Dipped Feather Ornaments

These Teal Dipped Feather Ornaments use oven-bake clay and paint to create realistic looking feathers to hang from your Christmas tree.  These homemade ornaments are super easy to make!

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  These Teal Dipped Feather Ornaments use oven-bake clay and paint to create realistic looking feathers to hang from your Christmas tree. These homemade ornaments are super easy to make!

This year I decorated my home for Christmas in teal and white to go with my everyday home decor.  I was inspired to create my own homemade ornmanets to match using BEHR paint I had on hand and oven-baked clay to create gorgeous dipped feather ornaments.  These are super easy to make too!

These Teal Dipped Feather Ornaments use oven-bake clay and paint to create realistic looking feathers to hang from your Christmas tree. These homemade ornaments are super easy to make!

Materials

Goose or Duck Craft Feathers
Toothpick or Small Dowel
BEHR MQ3-32 Cameo White
BEHR T15-3 Essential Teal
Wire Ornament Hanger Hooks
 
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Instructions:
 
Preheat oven according to temperature on clay packaging.
 
I used much less than 1/4 of a one pound package of oven-bake clay to make 3 ornaments, so break off about that much to start.
 
Warm the clay with your hands by kneading it and stretching it until it becomes soft and easy to work with.
 
Cover your work surface with parchment paper or wax paper and tape it down as unbaked clay can damage finished surfaces.
 
Roll out your clay with the clay roller until it is about 1/4″-1/8″ thick.
 
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Pick out craft feathers the size and shape you would like create copies of for your ornaments.  Lay the feather on top of the rolled out clay.
 
Roll over the feather, pressing it gently into the clay.
 
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Carefully lift the feather off the clay and you should see the imprint of the feather left behind. Use the toothpick or dowel to make a hole in the clay at the shaft of the feather for hanging.

 

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 Use the x-acto knife to cut out around the shape of the feather impression and then remove the excess clay.  Use the x-acto knife to exaggerate some of the details of the feather impression and create small marks along the edges of the feathers working along the natural “grain” of the feathers to create a more feathered look.

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Gently fold the feathers slightly to give them shape and place the parchment and feathers on a cookie sheet and bake according to the package directions.
 
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Cool completely, then paint the feather using the BEHR white cameo paint. Paint several thin coats being careful to follow the “grain” of the feathers with your brushstrokes to avoid washing them out with paint.  Allow to dry completely between coats.
 
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Use painters tape to block off section of the feather and paint with the BEHR essential teal paint to make it look as if it were dipped in the paint.  Go thicker with the teal, but still follow the “grain”.  Let dry.
 
Thread ornament hanging wire through the hole and hang on your Christmas tree.
 
These Teal Dipped Feather Ornaments use oven-bake clay and paint to create realistic looking feathers to hang from your Christmas tree. These homemade ornaments are super easy to make!
 
 
Dipped Feather Ornaments
Ingredients
  • Oven-Bake Clay White
  • Clay roller or rolling pin
  • Goose or Duck Feathers
  • Toothpick or Small Dowel
  • X-acto knife
  • parchment paper
  • paintbrushes
  • BEHR MQ3-32 Cameo White
  • BEHR T15-3 Essential Teal
  • Painters tape
  • Wire Ornament Hanger Hooks
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven according to temperature on clay packaging.
  2. I used much less than 1/4 of a one pound package of clay to make 3 ornaments, so break off about that much to start.
  3. Warm the clay with your hands by kneading it and stretching it until it becomes soft and easy to work with.
  4. Cover your work surface with parchment paper or wax paper and tape it down as unbaked clay can damage finished surfaces.
  5. Roll out your clay until it is about 1/4"-1/8" thick.
  6. Pick out feathers the size and shape you would like create copies of for your ornaments. Lay the feather on top of the rolled out clay.
  7. Roll over the feather, pressing it gently into the clay.
  8. Carefully lift the feather off the clay and you should see the imprint of the feather left behind. Use the toothpick or dowel to make a hole in the clay at the shaft of the feather for hanging.
  9. Use the x-acto knife to cut out around the shape of the feather impression and then remove the excess clay. Use the x-acto knife to exaggerate some of the details of the feather impression and create small marks along the edges of the feathers working along the natural "grain" of the feathers to create a more feathered look.
  10. Gently fold the feathers slightly to give them shape and place the parchment and feathers on a cookie sheet and bake according to the package directions.
  11. Cool completely, then paint the feather using the BEHR white cameo paint. Paint several thin coats being careful to follow the "grain" of the feathers with your brushstrokes to avoid washing them out with paint. Allow to dry completely between coats.
  12. Use painters tape to block off section of the feather and paint with the BEHR essential teal paint to make it look as if it were dipped in the paint. Go thicker with the teal, but still follow the "grain". Let dry.
  13. Thread ornament hanging wire through the hole and hang on your Christmas tree.
 
These Teal Dipped Feather Ornaments use oven-bake clay and paint to create realistic looking feathers to hang from your Christmas tree. These homemade ornaments are super easy to make!
 
 

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29 thoughts on “Dipped Feather Ornaments

  1. What a neat idea! We have a lot of feathers here because we have ducks and chickens. I could do this with some of those feathers. My daughters would love it. I love how different this is!

  2. This is such a cute idea for a homemade ornament! The ones you make yourselves are the ones that have the most meaning!

  3. What a beautiful way to decorate your Christmas tree. This looks like such a fun craft to make with kids and you can let them go to town painting these any colors they’d like. Just make sure you have the kids write their name and date on it since these will become family heirlooms.

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