DIY feather baubles and my Christmas tree

I have just put my Christmas tree up and I still have glittery fingers from making my one handmade bauble of the year that I always gift to my sister (it’s our little tradition). I love having a mix of old and new in my home and the same goes for the tree; some new, some old and some handmade.

This year we have a beautiful ‘tree’ from Houseology that is perfect for our flat and I love how simple it is. It has LED tips and it looks so, so pretty when it is lit at night. Soooo pretty!

So, here is my little tree and my homemade feather bauble (a stupidly easy tutorial below – it honestly took me five mins to make it) along with a set of new baubles that fit with the Scandi/vintage vibe that you know that I love.

LED Christmas tree from Houseology | Apartment Apothecary

Snow LED Light Branch from Houseology

A good dose of brown paper packages tied up with string (and a few sprigs of Eucalyptus for good measure).

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I was spoilt for choice when selecting a new collection of baubles from Houseology. I decided to stick with white and gold and mix the Scandi wooden hanging tall heart decorations and the large wooden star hanging decoration with the more vintage looking harlequin ball baubles.

LED Christmas tree from Houseology | Apartment Apothecary

My handmade feather bauble (tutorial below). When Jules found me a pure white swan feather in the park a couple of months ago I scoured the park looking for more but with no luck. Therefore, I tried to make my own using air dry clay (Jules says it looks more like a leaf, but I hope you think it looks like a feather!).

LED Christmas tree from Houseology | Apartment Apothecary

And this little munchkin eyeing up the presents.

If you would like to make some of my gold-tipped feather baubles here is a little tutorial for you…

You will need:

Air dry clay

– Rolling pin

– Wooden board

– Knife

– Tooth pick

– Paint, brush, glue and glitter to decorate if you want to

– Twine to string it up for the tree

Handmade feather bauble tutorial | Air dry clay project | Homemade Christmas tree decoration | Apartment Apothecary

Step by step:

1. Take a small piece of clay in your hands and roll it into a largish sausage shape in your hands (make sure it is as fat as a large sausage).

Handmade feather bauble tutorial | Air dry clay project | Homemade Christmas tree decoration | Apartment Apothecary

2. Roll out the sausage shape so it is about 5mm thick. Using a knife cut out a feather shape.

Handmade feather bauble tutorial | Air dry clay project | Homemade Christmas tree decoration | Apartment Apothecary

3. Use both forefingers to mould a spine down the centre of the feather. Don’t worry about squishing out the shape of the feather as you do this or leaving finger prints.

Handmade feather bauble tutorial | Air dry clay project | Homemade Christmas tree decoration | Apartment Apothecary

4. Use a toothpick to score lines from the spine tot eh outer edge of the feather at a 45 degree angle. Don’t worry about keeping it neat or blurring the outer edge – a bit of texture will make it look better and more feather like than leaf like.

Handmade feather bauble tutorial | Air dry clay project | Homemade Christmas tree decoration | Apartment Apothecary

5. Once you have scored down both sides use the tooth pick to create a hole for the twine.

Handmade feather bauble tutorial | Air dry clay project | Homemade Christmas tree decoration | Apartment Apothecary

6. Before you leave it to dry overnight, gently manipulate the feather to curl it slightly so it gains the shape of a real feather.

Handmade feather bauble tutorial | Air dry clay project | Homemade Christmas tree decoration | Apartment Apothecary

7. Once the clay has dried overnight, gently rub over the little bits and pieces with your fingers to smooth the surface of the feather. Paint your feather and/or add glitter using PVA glue and then string it up ready for the tree!

Handmade feather bauble tutorial | Air dry clay project | Homemade Christmas tree decoration | Apartment Apothecary

Happy tree decorating everyone!

Katy

 

*This post was written in collaboration with Houseology.

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11 Comments

  1. Rachel @ The Ordinary Lovely 15th December 2015 / 10:29 pm

    Love this, Katy! The feather AND the tree. I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with Christmas trees. I think I like them but really struggle to excited about decorating them. Something like this would be a way better option for me.

  2. Jesse 16th December 2015 / 10:20 am

    I love the idea of doing some of the decorations on the tree myself, it’s not something I’m doing at the moment but I have great memories from preparing clay gifts at school when I was a little one x

  3. Teri 16th December 2015 / 12:28 pm

    So so pretty. I love the DIY too! x

  4. Kate 16th December 2015 / 1:09 pm

    Oh I *love* simplicity at Christmas Katy and this is perfect! Such a lovely idea, thanks for sharing xx

  5. Abi | These Four Walls blog 16th December 2015 / 2:13 pm

    These are beautiful Katy – and they look like so much fun to make! Your home looks so festive too x

  6. Cate 16th December 2015 / 7:03 pm

    SO pretty, a beautiful alternative christmas tree, and those feathers, so delicate! x

  7. Stacey Sheppard 16th December 2015 / 9:30 pm

    Oh wow, such a pretty tree. I love how delicate it looks. And those feather baubles are so pretty. Great photos too.

  8. Rachel @ Fresh Design 16th December 2015 / 9:51 pm

    I have a bit of a thing about feather designs and have been eyeing up various feather Christmas tree decorations recently – some of which are rather pricey. So I really love this idea and your step-by-step instructions are fab. I’m sure I’m going to have time to try it before Christmas this year, but it’s definitely something I’ll be coming back to. Thanks for a great post!

  9. geraldine 16th December 2015 / 11:05 pm

    So pretty and calm. I’ve just finished our tree tonight with the kids too. Great DIY. Happy Christmas Katy x

  10. Carole 17th December 2015 / 11:26 am

    Looks so pretty Katy. And I love the gold tipped feather! x

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