Friday, November 16, 2012

DIY Glitter Feather Shadow Box


My flight to Amsterdam has been pushed to Saturday (oh, the joys of a buddy pass!), but I'm totally all right with it because between work and needing to pack, there was almost no way I was going to be ready on Friday morning unless I forwent sleep. If you've met me when I'm tired or hangry, you'll know this isn't a viable option for those around me.

So. Of course it made sense for me to finish this DIY project last night instead of getting a head start on packing or, you know, sleeping since I went into work at 7AM yesterday thinking I wouldn't be there most of Friday.

Anyway, I don't know if I've mentioned on here how I sort of hate Pinterest, but inspiration for these glitter feathers - I'm ashamed to say - came from my roommate's Pinterest. It's not that I don't recognize that there are great ideas and creativity flowing across the millions of boards out there, but I just feel like it almost kills (my) creativity to a degree. It's almost like it's too easy to come up with ideas. Granted, I'm probably contradicting myself here since I have vocalized on many occasions that many of my ideas are "borrowed" from one place or another, but bottom line is I just strongly dislike Pinterest and as of a few months ago am no longer a member.

This was a really easy project after I messed up the first version and subsequently learned that dipping > brushing when it comes to feathers. I had the paint, glitter and fabric (naturally), so really I just had to buy the shadow box frame and feathers. While I normally look to my sister for all my custom framing needs, she's currently in the throes of the holiday season and I didn't want to get in line to have these framed. I purchased the frame at Michael's where it was 40% off already and then used another 25% off coupon. With two packages of feathers (2 per package), my total was around $18. Not too shabby.

Second round of feathers after I messed up the first batch (I repeat: dip, don't brush) - these ones had black dip-dyed tips but the gold paint covered over it nicely

This paint and I have been through a lot together, as evident herehere and here to name a few


Dip! Dip I tell you! And then smooth with your fingers so it's even, being careful not to spread the feathers apart (see a few photos below to get an idea of what not to do)

Glitter blast immediately

Like, a lot of glitter - you can never have too much glitter, in my ever so humble opinion

I decided the felt, velcro-ready mat that came with the frame wasn't going to work for me, so I pulled out some fabric scraps from the pillows I made, ironed it and covered the back of the frame the shottiest way possible. Look, I'm not proud of how this looks on the back end. As someone whose sister owns a frame shop and who herself worked in said frame shop for several years in high school, I really know better. But hey, whatever works, right? The backing was too thin to use the staple gun, as I noticed a little too late when a staple sort of (ok, definitely) went through and lightly punctured the table underneath. The tape may not look pretty on the back, but it worked.

Feather #3 pictured here is what happens when you brush, not dip. I don't hate it and actually considered this layout for the final product, but it would have been a tight squeeze and I generally prefer odd numbers. 



Finished piece hanging on the wall - this is part of a larger gallery wall project that I'll be sharing in bits and pieces here on Flowers are Lovely until it's finished.

5 comments:

  1. Hey, wasn't expecting to like this but once they're framed and on the wall they look pretty darned cool.. great job! :)

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  2. How did you get the feathers to stay on the board?

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    1. Hey Kelsey! I used some hot glue on the hard bottom part of the flower and some on the top behind the part I glittered. You could also sew a tight stitch around the bottom if your backing isn't too thick to get a needle through. :) Hope this helps!

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    2. By flower, I meant feather!

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