Feather Sculptures & Father’s Day Home Depot Gift Card

Hi Friends!

Today is another segment of the *Home Depot Gift Challenge. Our material this month is concrete and the gift recipient is “good old Dad”.  I have done a little bit of experimenting with concrete in the past with my geometric earrings and love the versatility of concrete. I knew that I wanted to create some sort of sculpture. My husband loves art and especially simple design.  I was inspired by a bag of goose feathers that my boys collected after an epic bird fight outside our home.  They wanted to make something with the feathers for Dad. So….that is what we did.

DIY Feather Sculptures by Paper and Fox

My first step was to pick up a bag of concrete mix from Home Depot.

I also picked up some concrete acrylic fortifier.

The concrete fortifier should increase the strength of my concrete.

goose feathers

Here are the feathers that my boys collected…. I told you it was an epic bird fight.  To kill any mites that might be lingering on the feathers I bagged them and stuck them in the freezer for 72 hours. Then, I washed the feathers in bleach and water and laid them out to dry . It might be overkill, but it made me feel better.

feather in cement

I coated the inside of a  plastic cup with thin layer Vaseline. In another cup, I mixed the cement mixture and acrylic fortifier. I used a 50/50 ratio.

I poured the mixture into the bottom of the Vaseline lined cup. I stuck a feather in the center of the concrete mixture and allowed it to dry for 48 hours.

feather sculpture unpainted

I applied a few coats of  heirloom white spray paint to my little sculptures to get a sleek and simple look.

Feather Sculptures by Paper and Fox

Before you go check out what the talented bloggers created with concrete in the Home Depot Gift Challenge.

XOXO Carmody

*Home Depot is in no way connected to this challenge or the amazing projects associated with the challenge. We just like to shop there.

 

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17 Responses to Feather Sculptures & Father’s Day Home Depot Gift Card

  1. al tisdale June 15, 2015 at 1:48 pm #

    nice result

  2. Roxanne June 15, 2015 at 8:25 pm #

    This makes a great little vignette, cute idea!

    • carmody June 16, 2015 at 2:33 pm #

      Thank you so much Roxanne!

  3. Amanda @ Dwelling in Happiness June 16, 2015 at 12:07 am #

    These are adorable! Such a clever way to display the little feathers. I bet your boys just loved seeing the feathers they found used in such a cool way!

    • carmody June 16, 2015 at 2:32 pm #

      Amanda thank you so much. My oldest was super proud of his feathers on display.

  4. The Domestic Heart June 16, 2015 at 2:00 am #

    So cool! I love the idea of using concrete to create a base for displaying things. Love the way this turned out!

    • carmody June 16, 2015 at 2:32 pm #

      Thanks so much Shelly!

  5. Deb, Seeking Lavender Lane June 16, 2015 at 7:24 am #

    very cool! I thought you had put concrete on the feathers too…I was wondering how you pulled that off. Love it..really unique!

    • carmody June 16, 2015 at 2:31 pm #

      Thank you so much Deb!

  6. shannonchurchill78 June 16, 2015 at 9:38 pm #

    These are beautiful, Carmody!! So unique and so clever.:) Great job!!

    • carmody June 17, 2015 at 12:54 pm #

      Thank you so much Shannon!

  7. Emily @ Table & Hearth June 16, 2015 at 10:38 pm #

    Wow Carmody! That color is beautiful on them, like they’re all concrete (I totally thought they were at first too).

    • carmody June 17, 2015 at 12:54 pm #

      Thank you Emily!

  8. lynn June 17, 2015 at 11:23 am #

    I was wondering almost the same thing as deb, only mine was a bit far fetched. I was wondering how the cement flowed up thru the stem, I haven’t had a drink, really, lol. I love the feathers

    • carmody June 17, 2015 at 12:53 pm #

      Thank you Lynn! It is much easier than creating the feathers out of cement.

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