Marisa and I first noticed glitter-dipped feathers around the internet while I was pregnant and she was engaged. This photo, from a wedding photographer's blog, caught my eye - something about the fanciful, daydreamy feeling they evoke made me want to dangle them all over the nursery ceiling, to inspire magical flickers of imagination at every passing breeze. But seeing as how it's not the most practical idea to have glittered feathers strewn ALL over the nursery, I opted for a mobile instead. Around the same time, Marisa made gorgeous glitter feather garlands to hang at her wedding reception...the two of us were finding glitter on each other's faces for weeks. All in all, this project gives you great bang for your crafting buck...meaning, it's even simpler to accomplish than it looks. Except for some minor tangle issues...and the fact that I still find glitter in my baby's diapers now and again...it was an easy little project.
I used a piece of drift wood I found at the beach to dangle the feathers from - it helped provide that vintage dreamcatcher vibe I was going for. But you could hang it from any kind of dowel or stick or even an embroidery hoop. To make the glitter feathers, I spritzed the ends with this spray glue and then dipped them in gold glitter. Here's a little Instagram from my craft day:
Pinch a jewelry crimp end clamp (below, left) to the end of each feather to tie the string to and then tie the string at varying lengths onto the stick (below, right). I used turquoise thread for a pop of color and wrapped it around the stick a few times before knotting it off each time. Twine would work well, too.
Here's the mobile among some of the other things on the wall above the changing table, and again, closer up. You can see in the left photo, I tied a piece of twine to each end of the stick to make a simple loop for hanging. Vivi gazes up at it when she's lying on the changing table beneath, and it makes me so happy that something I happily crafted one day while she was in my belly has already caught her eye. I like to think that the glittery feathers are sparking something whimsical in her little imagination.