Asked on Apr 19, 2017

What to do with feather collection?

by FL
Hi! I have a small 12 piece collection of feathers I have found through the years. From the large white swan feather to the small red cardinal feather. Nothing showy like a peacock or flamingo feather, more low key, some grays and browns, a few blacks and even a blue jay feather. Any ideas about how to display them? Right now they stand in a pill bottle icon I like all kinds of decorating styles: farmhouse, modern, mid-century,
art deco, really not too fussy, except I do not care for too fussy or frilly. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance!
  12 answers
  • what about framing them, either alone or in groups and making a collage on the wall?

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  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Apr 19, 2017

    add them to a flower arrangement,or use a grapevine wreath and mix them in with artificial flowers.

  • Gue22149664 Gue22149664 on Apr 19, 2017

    I like the frame idea

  • FL FL on Apr 27, 2017

    Wonderful ideas! Thanks everyone, I may use them in both projects!

  • Cathy O. Cathy O. on Apr 28, 2017

    You can display them in a glass jar or vase.

  • FL FL on Apr 29, 2017

    That is a great idea! I like the idea of putting them in a covered clear glass jar! Thanks!!

  • Melissa Melissa on Apr 29, 2017

    Well, as a nurse mother with grown up children, I would tell you that bird feathers can carry parasites. I like the idea of sealing them in a jar and then displaying them. Or you could also display them in a memory box with a glass cover.

  • FL FL on Apr 29, 2017

    Thanks Melissa! I also am aware of laws prohibiting the collection of certain types of feathers! Thanks so much for responding!

  • Cgd3147112 Cgd3147112 on Jul 23, 2017

    Hello, I have several feathers and I placed them in a clear nice container that I am planing to fill up with blue turquoise gem stones, also I pick up a nice internet peacock picture, I printed 8x 10 and glue it in a canvas and seal it. Then I attached small blue gem in every eye feather. The canvas looks amazing. It reflects the sunshine. By the way there is not law where I live !

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  • FL FL on Jul 23, 2017

    Sounds amazing! Thanks so much for sharing your idea!

  • Emily Emily on Jul 23, 2017

    I have a pretty large collection of feathers, nothing as grand as Flamingo feathers though, as I just pick mine up in my area. I always wash them as soon as I get them. I have two stone ware urns that I fill with sand and stick the feathers in that. I put them on my mantelpiece or front porch shelving. Keep collecting, they are a wonderful decorative accent, are free and very useful

  • Ann Thrope Ann Thrope on Sep 27, 2019
    It’s quite illegal to possess feathers - per the federal migratory bird protection act. Thought you might like to know that.
    • Pamela Griffin Pamela Griffin on Mar 22, 2021

      True ... but it's certain birds [owls] and/or migratory birds. Just look it up to be cautious if you plan to display for humans in any capacity.