21 Aug

DIY: BIG Feather Tree Centerpieces

feather tree centerpieces

There were 2 main types of centerpieces at last month’s French Circus Baby Shower – “feather trees” and an “eclectic groupings”, and today I’m going to cover the DIY details for the feather trees. These are actually one of my favorite types of centerpieces to make – and they’re surprisingly quick & easy! I used a smaller version of these at the Hip Hostess New York event last year, but since this party was outdoors in a bigger space, we opted for a larger feather plumes & taller vases this time so that they’d still make a strong visual impact within the setting.

In the centerpieces pictured here, we used 19-23″ ostrich plumes and 28″ eiffel tower vases, then embellished the centerpieces with ribbon and cool acrylic strands pulled from a “Hoops Beaded Curtain“, which was also used to decorate the cabana area. (only $19.99 per curtain – and one goes a long way!)

feather tree centerpieces

To help combat the surprisingly strong wind factor in the backyard setting, we used “earthquake gum” to secure each feather tree to a decorative “base” made from an acrylic silver charger plate with translucent aqua vase gems hot-glued all the way around the edge. The vase gems matched the party’s color palette and added a substantial amount of weight to the plate.

feather tree centerpieces

Here are all the DIY details for the feather trees:


You’ll Need:
19″-23″ Ostrich Plumes (approx 20 – 25 per tree *see note)
Straight Stem Bouquet Holder
Eiffel Tower Vase – (24″ or 28″ height)
glue dots, earthquake gum, or similar other type of adhesive

Optional Embellishments:
Hoops Beaded Curtain (or similar)

1. Insert the feather quills into the foam bouquet holder to create a “palm tree like” look, starting at the bottom of the holder and working your way up to the top.  (You may need to trim some of the quills if they seem to be a little long and start to run into each other when inserted.) The best thing about this centerpiece is that it’s so easy to adjust. If it looks too full/empty in one particular area, just keep moving things around until you’re happy with the look. When you’re done, give the holder a little shake to make sure all of the feathers are secure and to help fluff them up.

2. Decorate the vase with ribbon (optional).  Wrapping ribbon in a diagonal direction from the bottom to the top of the vase gives it a fun “candy stripe” look that’s perfect for circus themes (or holiday!).

3. Insert the stem of the bouquet holder into the Eiffel Tower Vase so that the feathers sit on top to form the “tree”. Use glue dots, earthquake gum, or another gummy adhesive to help secure the bouquet holder to the vase. This is especially important on this size of a centerpiece, because the top can get pretty heavy due to the large size of the feathers.  If your party is outside, I definitely recommend using a strong adhesive to help combat any wind that might pick up!

4. Embellishments (optional): Pull a piece of the Hoops Beaded Curtain or a similar decorative element to hang from the feathers. The Hoops strands are so light , they can easily hang from one of the individual feathers, so we were able to hang them a few inches away from the vase so that they were more visible. (If you’re using a heavier element like a crystal ornament, you may need to hang it directly from the top edge of the vase.)

*Note: It’s MUCH more cost effective to purchase the large ostrich plumes by the pound. You’ll get approx 110 pieces for $190, which is enough feather for 5 centerpieces, as opposed to paying $80-$94 for 20-25 individual feathers for just one centerpiece. These centerpieces aren’t exactly inexpensive, but when you compare them to the cost of a traditional flower arrangement or large-scale event or wedding centerpiece, they still come in well under the standard price, especially when done in bulk! PLUS, you can re-use the feathers over & over… or lend to friends, etc. =)


feather tree centerpieces

Some of the feather trees at the party were grouped with additional decor – such as small framed signs & the candlestick arrangement pictured above.  (The white candleholder is from Z Gallerie, and it’s topped with a funky melamine zebra salad plate from Social Couture and a fish-shaped Mini GurglePot from Delight.com.)

DIY details on centerpiece #2 coming soon!

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becki SAYS:

Do these feathers last after use – or are they a one time use? Thanks.

August 21, 2009 at 11:02 am

jenn s. SAYS:

Hi Becki –
You can definitely re-use them over and over! Forgot to mention that above. I actually used the smaller feathers from the Hip Hostess NY event again here in some of the other party decor, and have had several friends borrow these feathers for their own parties!

Jenn :)

August 21, 2009 at 11:08 am

Lisa SAYS:

LOVE these

August 21, 2009 at 11:20 am

Laura SAYS:

Thank you, thank you for this post! I saw the feather center pieces for the baby shower in your earlier post and fell in love!!!! I am planning to do deep red ones for our Halloween murder mystery party which will have a speakeasy theme, so I going with an old Hollywood glam look and these centerpieces are perfect!!! Now it will be easier knowing exactly how to make them!!!

August 21, 2009 at 11:22 am

jenn s. SAYS:

Hi Laura –

You’re very welcome! :) These pics from a red, black, & white Old Hollywood Glam event I did in February might be of interest to you too:

I did smaller versions of the feather “trees” using just 6-8 feathers in each vase (without a bouquet holder) for this party. You could do a mix of both if you want to stretch your feathers/dollars further :) They still have a nice “flapper look” to them. Good luck with the party!

August 21, 2009 at 11:31 am

Betrice SAYS:

Jenn, How did you created the table display that has the white fleur de lis? It’s picture 62 on your facebook page at Tisha’s shower.

August 21, 2009 at 12:54 pm

stephanie frazier grimm @ CoutureParties SAYS:

I LOVE feather trees! I just made red ones for a Soprano theme party. The look fabulous, make a huge impact, and a EASY! Yeah!

August 21, 2009 at 6:33 pm

Claire Weaver SAYS:

I LOVE everything that you do!!! Absolutely adore these…

August 22, 2009 at 6:44 am

Claire Weaver SAYS:

I mentioned you on my blog with a link to this page.

August 22, 2009 at 6:52 am

Danica SAYS:

I remember when I went to the event in LA and loved them when you had them there. As usual, thanks for the great ideas :) They make everything look fab.

August 24, 2009 at 1:11 pm

Rachel SAYS:

These are GORGEOUS! Thanks so much for this, I’ll be linking.

August 25, 2009 at 11:11 pm

Angie SAYS:

These are so pretty and fun! I could see green ones being made to look like palm trees at a beach wedding.

August 28, 2009 at 9:02 am


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September 14, 2009 at 7:35 am

Katie Dillon SAYS:

I had a quetion as to where you got your feathers? I’ve been looking at buying them online and I haven’t seen too many decent prices on them (even in bulk). I just was wondering where you might have got yours? Thanks so much for your help! I love love this idea and can’t wait to do it for my wedding!


September 18, 2009 at 12:00 pm

jenn s. SAYS:

Hi Katie –

I usually buy my feathers at fabulousfeathers.net – see the “Note” under Step #4 in this post) for more info on buying feathers in bulk.

Congrats on your upcoming wedding!

Jenn :)

September 18, 2009 at 12:47 pm

Candace Ballard SAYS:

Love the cirus theme!! How would you do this shower in november. We don’t think it would be warm enough to do outside?? Any suggestions??

September 28, 2009 at 7:58 am

jenn s. SAYS:

Hi Candace –
You could easily do this shower indoors too! I honestly don’t think you’d need to alter the decor at all, but if you wanted to tie it into fall somehow, you could always incorporate fall-inspired colors :)

And you might actually have less to worry about indoors – the wind proved to be a pain for us at this shower because the feather centerpieces kept catching it and trying to tip over until we weighted them down significantly! At least you wouldn’t even have to think about that indoors ;)

September 28, 2009 at 10:08 am

eKuzko SAYS:

What color plumes did you order? Was it orange and royal blue?? gold yellow and Turquoise? i love it love it love!! exactly the way you did it is amazing!!

October 2, 2009 at 10:08 am

jenn s. SAYS:

eKuzko –
I ordered Aqua and Gold Yellow feathers, but I called first to get a better description of the colors and they described the aqua over the phone as an “electric blue”. :)

October 2, 2009 at 11:10 am
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