DIY Metallic Gold Feathers

The last few weeks of silence are due to the fact that I moved from Delaware to Pennsylvania to start my second rotation. I decided to take some time off from blogging to focus on wrapping up loose ends at my last position and getting settled in at my new one. The weather has (finally) been getting better, and I have my fingers crossed that our days of negative temperatures and snow are behind us.

Moving into a new space always inspires me to begin crafting. There’s something about blank walls and surfaces that makes me want to create something. Since my latest obsession has been metallic gold accents on just about everything, I wanted to add a touch of it in my home decor. I’ve been meaning to try this project for months, but I finally got some time the other evening to actually do it.

There’s nothing complicated about this DIY, but that’s what I love about it. It takes a few minutes but can definitely add a little something to your space.

What you need:

-A pack of long white duck feathers, about 5″ to 9″ long
-Metallic gold acryllic paint
-Old candle jar or similar container
-Glitter (optional)

Choose the feathers that are somewhat symmetrical. They’ll look nicer when you paint them than ones that lean more to one side.

Take a thin paintbrush and dip it in your paint. Beginning at the center line of your feather, paint along the barbs of the feathers being sure to cover them completely. You’ll want to be gentle when painting because the tendrils tend to clump together when painted and you want them to stay separated.

I went down about 3/4 of an inch to an inch but you can paint as far along as you want. Allow them to dry for 10 minutes and then flip them over and do the other side.

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IMG_20150310_203353732_HDReddIf you want to add glitter to your feathers, you’ll need to do it when the paint is still wet. I chose not to for this particular project because it wasn’t the look I was going for (and I didn’t feel like dealing with glitter getting everywhere) but glitter would definitely help make them pop!

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Once the feathers are dry, you can put them in your jar, as you would for flower stems. There are so many other uses for these decorative feathers that I’m itching to try and I will definitely be sharing what I find!

Happy crafting!

xO K

DIY Shimmer Blush

Sometimes when I’m bored, I like to experiment (insert evil laugh here). This past weekend I was staring at the half used compact of Maybelline Fit me! blush in “Deep Coral” that I haven’t used since I bought the Cover Girl Classic Color Blush and trying to decide if I wanted to do something with it. I decided to transform it into a shimmer blush, and I immediately started a mini make-up lab in my bathroom (this may be slightly exaggerated). In a few simple steps, the blush was done and the verdict was that it worked! I was able to take a blush that I didn’t really like too much and make it something I’m looking forward to wear especially in the Spring!

So! If you want to be a mad scientist like me and whip this up on your own here’s what you have to do:

1. Take the end of an eyeshadow brush (so the end is as narrow as possible) and begin breaking apart the blush in your compact. This is probably the most fun part.

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2. Carefully put the crushed blush into a small bowl. I stress the word “carefully” because I did not take a picture of my attempt, which basically made my entire counter blush (you see what I did there?).

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3. Then take any sort of shimmery eyeshadow or face shimmer and put as much as you want in your bowl. This may sound vague, but it’s really up to you how much shimmer you want or where you want to get it from. I used Physician’s Formula Shimmer Strips in Waikiki Strip and instead of breaking up the compact, I brushed the top layer into the bowl. I’ve been using the Shimmer Strips for years to layer shimmer on top of my blush or bronzer, so I wanted to see if I could combine the two!

4. Once you add your shimmer, use a brush, popsicle stick, or shadow applicator to stir your powder so that the shimmer mixes well with your blush. You don’t want all of your shimmer in one spot!

5. After you’ve mixed it, comes another tricky part. Carefully pour the powder back into your empty blush compact (once I managed to wipe the blush off my counter, I replaced it with shimmer blush). Pat it down and then take rubbing alcohol and pour a decent amount over the blush. You want it wet enough that it sticks together in the compact.

6. Allow your brand new shimmer blush to dry for about 48 hours before you use it!

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The blush has a nice shimmer to it, and I’m really happy that I was able to find a new use for a product I didn’t like too much.

Happy experimenting!

xO K