DIY: Spray Painted Feather Earrings

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Perfect for summer: big statement earrings that are light as a feather!

photos: kirsten for we heart this

Welcome to the June DIY of the month at we heart this! Today’s project, Spray Painted Feather Earrings, are the perfect summer accessory – simple enough to be worn with an exotic printed dress, bold enough to spice up a solid tank top.

Regardless of your summer outfit of choice, these lightweight feather earrings are so easy to make. You might even want to make a matching necklace while you’re at it.


Metallic spray paint (I used gold)
2 craft feathers (color of your choice)
Jewelry pliers
E6000/super glue
Leather cord, about 3-4 inches
Pair of earring hooks
Several jump rings
Old magazine

Tip: If your feathers aren’t the same general shape/size, trim them before you start.


1. Place the feathers on the magazine, and spray paint in a well-ventilated area. Let dry and repeat on the other side if you’d like.

2. Cut out two pieces of leather cord, long enough to fold over the stems of the feather. Mine were a little over an inch long.

3. Carefully glue the cord to the base of a feather, then fold over and glue the other end. You’ll only need a small amount of glue.

4. Using your pliers, gently clamp down on the spot where the cord meets the feather – this will further secure the glued area. Let dry.

5. Attach the jump rings and earring hooks.

6. Try on and admire your new earrings!

Some Fun Options:
Add some chain or beads for a fun bohemian look.
Spray paint with an additional color for a multicolored effect.
Try experimenting with feathers of different shapes and sizes.

we heartsters – ready to break out the spray paint? What colors will you use to create your own Spray Painted Feather Earrings?


  • kirsten-nunez

    Kirsten is a lifestyle writer and craft book author focusing on DIY, food, health and creativity. Since 2010, she has been sharing DIY projects at In May 2014, Kirsten published her first book, Studs & Pearls: 30 Creative Projects for Customized Fashion.


  1. ohhh!!! These are lovely!!! you can make many of those at different colors to match to every outfit! could you also add some instructions for a matching necklace? Thanks!

    1. After Step 4, you can simply bring in some chain and string a feather onto it! Instead of attaching it to an earring hook :]

  2. Well, there you go again! I happen to love feather earrings, and they look easy to make! Well, with your great instructions everyone should be able to pull this off with great success! They are so hip right now too.. the other day I was in Tony and Guy, and most students had them on..But I like yours best of all, they look so cool! Great review Kirsten!

  3. I’ve never seen metallic feathers before! It looks so chic. Great job as always @Kirstengail.

  4. These are so pretty, @Kirstengail – how could they possibly be so easy? Thanks for yet another project I can’t wait to try!

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