How to make ostrich feather centerpieces

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Ostrich feather centrepieces add an elegant touch to any celebration, regardless if it's a sombre retirement party or a lively masquerade ball. Most ostrich feather centrepieces use a tall and thin vase, known as a tower vase, to arrange the large feathers so that they arch up and out. They use long feathers, known as plumes, in the middle of the arrangement and short feathers, known as drabs or spades, on the edges of the arrangement. It's important to make sure your bouquet holder fits easily into the top of your tower vase before you try to re-create this classic centrepiece.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • White plume ostrich feathers, 16 to 20-inches long
  • White spade ostrich feathers, 8 to 14-inches long
  • Small, foam-topped bouquet holder
  • Small vase
  • Double-sided tape
  • Clear glass tower vase, 16 inches tall
  • Silver decorative stones, 1 inch wide
  • Silver metallic confetti squares, 1/2 cubic inch

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  1. 1

    Keep your plume and spade ostrich feathers separate. Place the bouquet holder in a small vase to help keep it upright. Take a small spade feather and carefully wrap the bottom "stem" of the feather with double-sided tape. Push the taped end of the feather into the bottom of the foam holder. Repeat process to cover the bottom rim of the foam with short feathers.

  2. 2

    Take a long plume feather and wrap the bottom with tape. Push the ostrich feather into the top of the foam holder. Repeat process until you create a full, rounded shape for the ostrich feather centrepiece. Add a few spade feathers around the sides and top of the foam holder to fill in any holes.

  3. 3

    Place the clear glass tower vase on a flat surface. Carefully fill the vase with silver decorative stones, stopping 1 inch below the top rim. Remove the bouquet holder from the small vase and slide it into the tower vase. Push the handle of the holder down and into the stones to secure it. Add a few extra stones to help stabilise the handle if needed.

  4. 4

    Place the ostrich feather centrepiece on the middle of the table. Take a few silver decorative stones and use them to form a simple square around the base of the tower vase. Sprinkle a little silver confetti around the base of the vase and over the ostrich feathers.

  5. 5

    Repeat entire process as needed to create multiple ostrich feather centrepieces.

Tips and warnings

  • Though the most popular colour for ostrich feathers is white, the feathers come in a variety of colours. You could mix red, white and pink ostrich feathers with heart-shaped stones and confetti to create a romance-inspired centrepiece. You could also mix purple, green and yellow feather with gold stones and mask-shaped confetti to create a Mardi Gras inspired centrepiece.

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