The other day, I was wandering through Pier 1 looking for some Halloween inspiration. I found a unique black and silver feather tree that I knew I could make at home. With a price of $49.99, I knew I could make it for cheaper, too! So, I headed to the craft store and picked up some supplies. I love my new Halloween Feather Tree, and I hope you will, too!
I left Joanne's with a feather boa, a bag of colored feathers, a styrofoam cone, some spray paint, and my imagination whirring! (Thank goodness for 40% off coupons!) The beautiful wooden candlestick was salvaged from my mom's pantry. I could have painted it black, but I opted to leave it in case I wanted to use it for another holiday. Thanks, Mom!
Halloween Feather Tree
Here's my inspiration from Pier 1:
Could I have made mine look more like the original? Yes. Easily. My version is a lot less time consuming, though, and I love the splash of color!
Ready to make your own? Here we go!
- 6-foot black feather boa (preferably with the silver tinsel woven through it)
- small bag of brightly colored feathers (optional, and you'll have tons left for another project)
- candlestick or pedestal (Try Good Will or the Dollar Store, and remember that the color doesn't matter. You can always paint it.)
- large styrofoam cone
- craft glue
- large nail or screw with flat head
- super glue
- Spray paint your styrofoam cone black. (If there are spaces between the feathers, the black will show through instead of the original color of the cone.)
- Using your long nail, poke a hole in the center of the bottom of your cone. (You'll attach it to the pedestal using this hole later.)
- Attach the head of the nail to your candlestick with super glue. The nail will hold the cone in place.
- Cut a section of the feather boa about ¾ the height of your cone. Put a bead of craft glue along the cone and attach the piece of boa. Be sure that the feathers naturally hang down and that they hang just below the bottom of the cone.
- Cut a section of the feather boa the full height of your cone. Rotate the cone, add another bead of glue, and attach the piece of boa.
- Repeat 2 more times with a short and long section of boa.
- Cut the remaining section of boa into four pieces, and fill in the larger gaps at the bottom of the cone -- one piece in between each original length of boa.
- Shape the feathers over any bare spots and secure with glue.
- To fill in the top, pull a few feathers from well-covered or too-bushy areas. Use the loose feathers to cover any bare spots at the top of the cone.
- Allow the glue to dry, and place the cone on the pedestal by threading the nail into the hole you made earlier.
Stop here if you prefer your tree one solid color. Continue to the next step for a more colorful version.
- To add the colored feathers, simply stab the quills into the styrofoam wherever you like them. I didn't use any glue when I added the color.
- If the tree seems too poofy, start at the top and gently squeeze the feathers down. You can also remove feathers from the more poofy areas. I thinned mine out a bit toward the top.
And there you have it: One unique Halloween decoration! Now, what will you do with your feather tree? Mine is sitting on top of our kids' storage lockers in the kitchen. Since they are bright blue, the colorful tree fits perfectly.
Thanks for stopping by today! While you're here, be sure to check out some of my other ideas. Images below are linked.