Trending Now: Feather Trees

A traditional piece in Christmas decor, feather trees are tickling a new generation of holiday revelers.

Modern Classics

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Although the tradition of feather trees began in Germany more than a century ago, these playful pieces look right at home in a modern setting.

Better Homes & Gardens

More Space

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In addition to their small scale, the wide spacing between branches on a feather tree are ideally suited to displays of ornaments, like these vintage Shiny Brites arranged by Eclectically Vintage.

Eclectically Vintage

Berries and Boughs

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Faux berries are a common adornment on the branches of green feather trees. This 24" design is just one of many from The Feather Tree Co.

The Feather Tree co.

White is Right

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White feather trees—a popular color choice since these holiday decorations were first sold in the US—continue to attract attention today. 

Real Simple

Goose Feathers

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True to their name, feather trees are hand-crafted by attaching dyed goose feathers to wire so that they resemble pine boughs. The branches are then inserted into a wood dowel "trunk", which in turn is set into a base. 

Aaron Beacon Journal/Photographer Michael Chritton

Color Choices

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The classic feather trees feature green branches with red berries or ivory branches. Updated variations boast a full range of colors, like these assorted hues from The Feather Tree Co.

The Feathre Tree co.

Sheer Delight

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Designer Amy Chalmers (of Maison Decor) was thrilled to decorate a 24" feather tree she had purchased on eBay. This Martha Stewart (for Kmart) tree is no longer being produced, but it can still be found online.

Maison Decor

Patriotic Tribute

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Many homeowners use feather trees throughout the year, displaying Easter eggs, Halloween decorations, and more. This one exhibits a definite patriotic flair with its red-white-and-blue ornaments. 

Happier Than a Pig

Care and Storage

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Feather trees should be stored in a closet or a climate-controlled location, not in an attic or basement where they will be exposed to extreme heat or moisture. Avoid storing your tree in an airtight container; instead, cover it with a pillowcase (or paper bag) with cedar blocks.

Martha Stewart

Peacock Trees

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A great source of feathers for all manner of craft and fashion projects, Feather Place also offers an exotic twist on the feather tree: a design that incorporates peacock feathers.

Feather Place

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