When I needed an extra piece of art for our living room gallery wall I created DIY Feather Art. You can create your own, but please purchase craft feathers, use fake feathers or paper feathers. (Per the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, it is illegal to collect feathers, nests and other anatomical parts of certain migratory birds.)
- Rustic 1×4″ boards (I used pallet wood)
- Wood yardstick or lattice boards
- Watered down white paint
- Paint brush
- Kreg Jig
- Pocket hole screws (1.25″)
- Nylon line
- Small drill bit
- Staple gun
- 1″ finish nails
- Hammer or nailgun
- Wood glue
- D-ring picture hangers
Cut your 1×4″ boards to size (or select one board the size you want for your art background.) To connect the two boards, mark the location to drill pocket holes.
Use the Kreg Jig to drill pocket holes into the back of both boards.
Clamp the boards together and join them with 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws.
Flip the board over and paint it with watered down white paint for a white-washed look.
Mark the width of the white-washed board onto the yardstick. Cut two pieces the same length.
Add a line of wood glue to the yard stick pieces and secure them to the sides of the white-washed board with finish nails.
Mark the length of the top of your white-washed board onto the leftover yardstick and cut two pieces to the same length.
Add a line of glue to the cut yardstick and secure it to the white-washed board with finish nails.
This completes your art frame.
Layout your feathers onto the white-washed board.
Mark the locations to attach the feathers. I attached all the feathers about half an inch up into the feather fringes where the feather shaft was thickest. Drill small holes where you made your marks.
Thread two ends of a piece of nylon line through the hole. Slip the feather into the loop made with the line.
Flip the board over and pull the ends of the nylon line. Don’t pull too tight or you’ll bend or break the feather shaft.
Tie a double knot into the nylon and staple over the knot. Tie another knot over the staple and clip the ends of the nylon line.
Finish attaching all the feathers. Flip the board over. Measure and mark two locations for the D-brackets. Attach them to the back of the board with the provided screws.
Hang your DIY Feather Art on the wall and admire your beautiful art.