If you haven’t already noticed, Pampas Grass Feathers are finding their way into home decor more and more these days. We love how they dry looking the same as they do while growing, which makes them an attractive decorative element.
We were intrigued with the idea of making a round wreath shape with the feathers, but we didn’t have enough feathers to do a full wreath. Not to mention the feathers are so large that we just wouldn’t have space for it. We played around with the design and figured out a fan shape would be really neat. Luckily we had the perfect space above our window for it. And of course, we are always trying to find ways to add some color to our creations so we dyed some of our feathers to make it a little more unique.
Check out how easy it is to make one of these Pampas Grass fans by following the steps below!
- 13-15 Pampas Grass Feathers
- RIT Dye
- Large pot
- 10″ Grapevine Wreath
- Floral Wire
- Wire Cutters
(If you cannot forage Pampas Grass Feathers locally, we have included a link above where you can purchase them.)
Step 1: Hairspray your Large Feathers
Gather your pampas grass feathers, and start by spraying the large feathers with hairspray. The hairspray helps keep all the little seed pods from going everywhere.
We chose to use 7 large feathers and 6 small feathers for this project to make a fan shape.
Step 2 – Dye your Small Feathers
Choose your dye colors. We used Tangerine and Fuchsia RIT dye’s.
Heat up water in a large pot and add your dye. We used about 4-6 tbsp of dye so that it would saturate the feathers well. Submerge your feathers in the dye and leave for about 10-15 minutes.
Allow the feathers to dry completely and then gently re-fluff and hairspray.
Dye half of your small feathers one color, and then repeat with the second color.
Step 3 – Wire the Large Feathers
Decide how you want your feathers spaced.
Wire your first large feather to the top and bottom of the grapevine wreath. Bend the wire in the center and slip it over the stem of the feather. Do this at the top and bottom of the wreath form.
Spread the feather apart, find the stem, and then wire. This will help hide the wire at the top.
You want to wire each feather to the wreath in two different places to ensure the feathers are secure to the wreath form.
Snip your wire ends short, and bend inwards towards the wreath.
Trim the stem flush with the wreath form.
Repeat with the second feather and continue until you have used all your large feathers.
Step 4- Wire your Small Feathers
Wire your small feathers into the spaces between the large ones. Tuck the small feather stems underneath other sections of feathers when you’re wiring so that you can lay feathers back down over the stem and not see it.
Step 5 – Add Decorative Elements
Add in any dried leaves from the feather stems or decorative accents and re-hairspray.