This is a quick and safe way to learn how to dye feathers with watercolor (video included). Using only paint, you can create subtle hues or vibrant colors and use these painted feathers in decor, crafts, costumes, and cosplay!
Sometimes you just need to dye feathers and I detest working with dye. I’m that person who will get it on something it really didn’t need to be on and well, let’s just say I’ve ruined quite a few things with it.
To avoid working with harsh chemical dye and to bring a fun painting activity to the kids, set up a feather painting station. It’s so easy to put together and the projects are endless.
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Supplies to Dye Feathers with Watercolor
As you can imagine, you’ll need watercolors but we have a few supplies that will make learning how to dye feathers much easier.
- watercolor (these are our favorite watercolors for their saturation and vibrant color)
- water brush pen (we have the set, but you could get away with only the medium)
- feathers (we picked up a pack of these)
- a brush (we used a small pedicure brush and an Ikea kitchen brush and they both worked)
- paper towel or kitchen towel (will stain)
- palette (we use a piece of tile with felt on the bottom so it doesn’t scratch surfaces)
Before you get started, decide on a few colors and whether or not you want them very saturated (bright color) or subtle. If you’re new to watercolor, the amount of water you add to the paint determines the vibrancy of the color, so experiment a little.
This is a great learning discussion and experiment for the kids, by the way. We were able to talk about dilution and color mixing with this activity, so it was a great painting activity for kids.
How to Dye Feathers with Watercolor
It’s easy to dye feathers with watercolor and stay away from the harsh dyes. Let’s get to this fun and easy craft!
Step 1: brush out your feather to help the paint cover everything
Step 2: paint your feathers using either highly saturated or muted colors to dye feathers with watercolor
Step 3: flip the feather over and paint any spots you might have missed
Step 4: set the wet, painted feathers aside to dry
Step 5: brush out the completely dyed feathers
Watch the Video: How to Dye Feathers with Watercolor
Over to You
Don’t you just love the vibrant hues? We made some with more subtle colors and you can bet you’ll see more painted feather crafts soon here on Ruffles and Rain Boots. This is such an easy way to learn to dye feathers with watercolor and stay away from harsh chemicals.
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