This glam DIY feather centerpiece that will turn your wedding or party into a really special event without breaking your budget. Learn how to make them with this step-by-step tutorial.
I have had a few requests lately for more detailed instructions on how to make the glam DIY feather centerpieces with hanging “crystals” and lights, like I used for my Great Gatsby party.
These always get tons of compliments when I make them…and I I have used them at a few different parties. I guess I’m not the only one who likes some extra glam!
Even better? They really aren’t that hard to do. The feather portion goes together the same way as standard ostrich feather centerpieces. You just hang the strings of “crystals” over the feathers as you go…kind of like hanging garlands from a Christmas tree.
What You Need
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- 27 – 20 to 24 inch ostrich feathers* – I used these long feathers for this centerpiece, however they are a little expensive. If you’re on a budget, you can use shorter feathers*…the centerpieces just won’t be as full.
- 20″ tall Eiffel Tower vase* – If you are using shorter feathers, you may want to go with a shorter vase as well.
- Bouquet holder*
- Clear Crystal Like Beads*
- Mini LED Light Base*
- Optional: Adhesive dots*, Velcro dots* or Glue Gun*
Add The First Row Of Feathers
2. Start with the bottom row (row one) of the bouquet holder. Use one feather in every other section of the bottom row.
3. Stick the ends of the ostrich feathers* into the floral foam in the bouquet holder, with the feathers pointing in a slightly downwards direction…not too much or the beads will tend to slide off.
4. Now you’re going to start hanging the bead strings on this first row of feathers. Just drape the string of beads over the first feather, pretty close to the vase.
5. Let the beads hang about half way down the height of the vase.
6. Then bring the string back up and drape it over the next feather, about the same distance from the vase. (sorry the clear “crystals” are a little hard to see against the feathers)
7. Repeat this process until you have draped the beads from all of the feathers in the first row.
Add Row Two of Feathers and “Crystals”
8. For row 2, you’re going to put the feathers in every other space, but use the ones that are not directly above the first row feathers. Point the feathers in a more outwards direction (although they probably still will be on a downwards slant).
9. Then continue hanging your strand of crystals on this second row of feathers, exactly the same way that you did the first row.
10. Optional Step – If you are going to be transporting your feather centerpieces, you may want to use a glue gun*, adhesive dots* or velcro dots* to stick the bead string to the feather stem. It will help to keep the strings in place. However, I will say that in my experience it is generally easier to set them up in place at the event. They only take a couple of minutes each to put up once you know how.
Add The Third Row Of Feathers
11. For the third row, you are going to put feathers in every space, so they will be overlapping the ones you already have.
This row should be pointing slightly upwards (not too far or the beads will all slide down towards the vase).
12. Then you will drape the string of beads over each of the feathers in the third row like you did with the other 2 rows. You will need to bring the bead string down and around some of the lower feathers so that it hangs properly.
I usually keep going around on this row until I have used up the whole string of beads. Which usually means looping over most of the feathers twice.
However, you can use fewer beads than I do if you want to save some money.
The “crystal” beads part of your DIY Gatsby feather centerpiece is done. If you want to change anything about how it is arranged, now is the time to do it. It’s much easier to move the beads or change the lengths that are hanging down before you put the rest of the feathers in place.
Finish The Glam DIY Feather Centerpiece
13. Move up to the top row of the bouquet holder and add one feather in every other section like you did on the third row. These feathers should be pointing more up and less out than the last row.
In some cases, you won’t have enough room to fill in all of the sections (the stems of the feathers start running into each other). If that happens, you can skip a section to make more room.
14. Finally, add 3 more feathers to the very top of the bouquet holder pointing up.
15. Take a look at your glam DIY feather centerpiece to see if there are any spots that seem a little sparse. Either re-position the feathers you already have or add more feathers to fill in the gaps.
Add the Base Light
To really make the glam DIY feather centerpiece stand out, place an uplight* under the base of the vase.
If you want to make the vase a little more stable, you can add velcro dots or glue dots to the bottom of it and stick it to the top of the uplight.
One other hint: Filling the vase with water adds some weight to the bottom of it that can help stabilize it. If you do this, just make sure no-one is going to knock it over 🙂
Now you have a beautiful, glam DIY feather centerpiece for much less than the professionals charge!
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This post was originally published on November 3, 2017 but was updated with new content on July 29, 2023.