Feather Flair: How to Add Feathers to Your Headpiece

Feathers are a timeless way to add drama, elegance and colour to a headpiece. Whether you're crafting a showstopping costume accessory or a delicate hair clip, feathers can elevate your design. In this blog, we'll explore different methods for attaching feathers to your headpiece, along with some creative tips to get you started.

Choosing Your Feathers:

Unleash your creativity with the dazzling world of feathers! They come in a stunning array of shapes, sizes and colours, each offering a unique touch to your headpiece.

Want to exude elegance? Opt for luxurious ostrich feathers that cascade softly.

Craving a bold statement? Rooster feathers with their vibrant colours and bold barbs will turn heads.

For a touch of drama with a touch of height, consider stripped coque feathers – their textured plumes add a mesmerizing dimension to your design.

So get inspired and explore the endless possibilities feathers offer!

Attaching Your Feathers:

There are several methods for attaching feathers to your headpiece, depending on the materials you're using and the desired effect. Here are a few popular techniques:


A hot glue gun is a fast and effective way to attach feathers and is my personal favourite. Apply a small dab of glue to the base of the feather shaft and press it firmly onto your headpiece. Be mindful of using too much glue, as it can weigh down the feathers and show through.

Don't worry though, if you make a mistake then you simply add more feathers.  This is why a glue gun is my favourite method as it can be fun as well as creative.


Sewing provides a more secure attachment, especially for heavier feathers. You can sew directly through the feather shaft (use a strong needle and thread) or create a small channel in your headpiece to hide the stitches.

This is especially ideal if you're planning on wearing your creation on a windy day!

This method also allow you to remove feathers if needed without damaging the headpiece itself.

Wire Wrapping:

For a more dramatic look, consider wrapping thin craft wire around the feather shaft and then securing it to your headpiece with additional wire or glue.

Ultimately, the best method depends on your comfort level and the desired outcome for your creation!

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Creative Inspiration:

  • Layering: Use feathers of different sizes and colours to create a layered effect. Start with larger feathers in the back and layer with smaller ones towards the front for added dimension.
  • Cascading: Create a flowing cascade by attaching feathers at varying lengths. This technique works well for headbands and hair pieces.
  • Focal Point: Use a single, dramatic feather as the centerpiece of your headpiece. This can be particularly effective for a costume or masquerade ball.

Finishing Touches:

  • Trimming: You can trim the feather edges for a cleaner look or use a curling iron on low heat to add a gentle curve.
  • Curling: The tradional method of using scissors to curl ribbon also works well with some types of feathers such as goose, peacock and rooster feathers.
  • Embellishments: For extra pizzazz, add beads, sequins or rhinestones to the base of the feathers or your headpiece.


With a little planning and creativity, you can incorporate feathers onto your headpiece design and create a truly unique and eye-catching accessory. Remember, there are no hard and fast rules, so experiment and have fun!

Bonus Tip: Be sure to use feathers in a well-ventilated area and wear a mask to avoid inhaling feather dust.

Are you ready to get creative?



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