DIY feather centerpieces are an easy way to add some glamour and elegance to any wedding, event, party or dinner. Learn how to make your own ostrich feather centerpieces with these simple step by step instructions.
DIY feather centerpieces are an easy way to add some glamour and elegance to any wedding, event, party or dinner. Because they are tall, they are perfect on tables where you want people to be able to see across.
Even better? Centerpieces with feathers can be made in advance (unlike floral arrangements) so you don’t have to be fussing with them at the last moment.
Ostrich feathers are available in pretty much every color, which means they are very easy to match to your decor. And they are available in many different sizes so you can control the size of your centerpiece.
What You Need
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These are the basic supplies that you will need to make your DIY feather centerpieces…a tall vase, some ostrich feathers and a bouquet holder.
Note: I usually use the less expensive shorter feathers, but if you want really luxurious looking vases, the longer feathers are better. If you want to see the difference…when you’re looking at the pictures below, the vases with the white feathers are using longer ones, the vases with the colored feathers are using shorter ones
I usually use a 20″ vase, but you can go a little shorter or a little taller. Generally, you would want to use shorter feathers in the shorter vase and longer feathers in the taller one.
(Optional) Vase Accessories
To dress up your DIY feather centerpieces, you can add any of the accessories below. I’ll show you how they look when we get to the variations. Use these to come up with your own unique centerpieces.
How To Make Ostrich Feather Centerpieces
Using feathers that are all one color creates a sophisticated look that is very easy to create.
White feather* centerpieces are the most popular color, but of course feel free to choose whatever color matches your event decor!
Start with the bottom row (row one) of the bouquet holder.
First Row Of Feathers
Use one feather in every other section of the bottom row.
Stick the ends of the feathers into the floral foam in the bouquet holder, with the feathers pointing in a downwards direction
Second Row Of Feathers
Move up to row 2 in the bouquet holder and add one feather per section.
Point the feathers in a more outwards direction (although they probably still will be on a downwards slant).
Third Row Of Feathers
Move up to the next row. If your bouquet holder has a really narrow row like mine does, skip it…it isn’t big enough for some of the feather stems to fit in.
Add 1 feather per section (like you did in row 2) but have the feathers pointing on an upward angle.
Try to space the feathers out so that they are not directly over the ones in the last row.
Don’t worry if it still doesn’t look right…it will all work out when you are finished!
Top Row Of Feathers
Move up to the top row of the bouquet holder and add one feather in every other section like you did on the bottom row. These feathers should be pointing more upwards and less out than the last row.
Finally, add 3 more feathers to the very top of the bouquet holder pointing up and filling in the gaps from the top row.
The Finished DIY Feather Centerpiece
Take a look at your creation to see if there are any spots that seem a little sparse. Either re-position the feathers you already have to fill in the gaps, or add more feathers in the spaces.
You can re-use the bouquet holders for future feather centerpieces…just remove these feathers and use the same holes for the next event!
If all you want is the standard feather centerpiece, you are done!
But if you want to see some variations on feather colors and vase decor, keep reading to find some ways to dress up your ostrich feather centerpieces.
Variation 1: Light Up The Vase
To get the vases to light up, place them on top of a Mini LED Light Base*.
Using adhesive dots* to stick the light base to the bottom of the vase will make sure the vase doesn’t fall off.
I usually try to add something add the bottom of the vase to hide the light base…feather boas* work really well!
Variation 2: Eiffel Tower Vase Filler
I used pink, but you can get these lights and crystals in pretty much any color you need. Just make sure to leave enough space at the top of the vase for the bouquet holder stem to slide in. You also need to make sure that the crystals are no more than 1/4″ wide. Otherwise, they may get stuck halfway down and they are very hard to get out!
Mardi Gras Beads* are a really good vase filler. They are small enough to easily fit in the vase, are very inexpensive, and come in pretty much any color you want.
I used traditional Mardi Gras colors for this one, but you could use whatever color you want.
Variation 3: DIY Gatsby Feather Centerpieces
I used this variation at my Great Gatsby Party. Hanging strands of “crystals*” or “pearls*” (plastic of course) from the feathers adds some glam to your decor. (Everyone who knows me, knows I love some glam!!)
Variation 4: Light The Feathers
Adding some small lights to the feathers is another way to dress up your ostrich feather centerpieces.
In this case, I strung pink glimmer lights* through the feathers to make them glow. You’ll need lights that don’t weight very much and are battery operated so you don’t have to plug them in.
Variation 5: Two Toned Ostrich Feather Centerpieces
To make a feather centerpiece using an accent color, you will need to choose the main feather color and an accent color.
The instructions for putting together the feather centerpiece together are pretty much the same as for a 1-color vase. The only difference is to use an accent color feather in place of the main color feather every once in a while.
I usually use 1 to 2 accent color feathers per row and try to place them in a zig-zag pattern so that they look randomly placed but still balanced.
This works out to about 18 main color feathers and 9 accent color feathers per vase.
I also used this feather pattern at our Mad Hatter Tea Party…with pink and white feathers in black Eiffel tower vases.
Variation 6: Layered Ostrich Feather Centerpieces
Putting the layered feather centerpiece together is very similar to doing one color, except that you switch to the second color for the top two rows of feathers.
I used white ostrich feathers* on the bottom and pink ones* on the top for my friend’s pink 50th birthday party. (Recognize those feathers? They’re the same ones as the Alice in Wonderland party above…I definitely re-use what I have to cut down on the cost when I’m planning parties!)
To put these DIY feather centerpieces together, follow the same instructions as the single color feather vase, using the first color for the bottom two rows of the centerpiece.
For the third row, mix in a couple of the first color feathers with the second color feathers as a transition row.
Then use all of the second color feathers on the top rows.
This means you need about 14 feathers of the bottom color and 13 feathers of the top color.
If you really want to get fancy you can use 3 or 4 colors for a rainbow layered effect. To make it look effective you will need to use more feathers for this look. For this picture, I used:
- 8 black feathers (the bottom row)
- 12 royal blue feathers (second row)
- 12 green feathers (third row)
- 11 turquoise feathers (top row and top of the bouquet holder)
Each color has its own row on the bouquet holder and I put one feather in every section (no alternating sections on the top and bottom rows). Then for the middle 2 rows (the second and third rows), I added in 4 extra feathers of each color to make them stand out.
Variation 7: Mix and Match Ostrich Feather Centerpieces
For this centerpiece look, you will need to alternate the feather colors as you insert them into the bouquet holder…so in this case, I used a royal blue feather, then a turquoise feather and then a green feather to get the mottled look.
Other than that, the instructions for putting them into the bouquet holder are the same as for the single color centerpiece.
The peacock at the bottom of the vase is meant to be an event decoration, but it goes pretty well with my centerpiece!
Hopefully, you now know how to make your own spectacular ostrich feather centerpieces and have some inspiration for dressing them up a little.
DIY Feather Centerpieces FAQs
As a recap, here are the answers to the questions I get asked the most about making ostrich feather centerpieces.
What Size of Ostrich Feathers Do I Need?
I generally use 12 – 14″ ostrich feathers*. They are easier to find in many different colors and cost less than the larger ones.
But if you want to create really luxurious ostrich feather centerpieces, you might want to go for the 20″ – 24″ ostrich feathers*.
You can see the difference in the way they look in the picture above. The vase is the same size in both cases.
How Many Ostrich Feathers Do I Need For A Centerpiece?
Each vase usually needs between 27 and 30 feathers to fill it out.
However, there is a little leeway. If you want it to look fuller, add a few more feathers. If you want to save a little money, take a few out.
Where Can I Buy Ostrich Feathers?
I buy most of my feathers from amazon.com*. The prices are good, they have a wide selection of colors and you can return them easily if you don’t get what you want.
However, if you are buying in bulk and don’t mind waiting, I have also found some good deals on aliexpress.com*. Most of them ship from China so they may take a few weeks to arrive, and you do need to shop around to make sure you are getting a good price.
What Size Of Vase Do I Need?
I use 20″ Eiffel Tower vases for all of my ostrich feather centerpieces.
However, both the shorter 16″ vases and the taller 24″ vases will work. Generally, if you are using a shorter vase, you will want to go with shorter feathers. If you are using a taller vase, the longer ostrich feathers will look best.
How Do The Feathers Stay There?
Bouquet holders* are the easiest way to get the feathers to stay in place. The handle holds the bouquet holder steady in the vase, and the floral foam holds the feathers at the right angles.
I like to use the ones that have plastic dividers over the tops of them. It makes spacing the feathers out evenly much easier.