[Family Friday] Owl-licious Crafts

I couldn’t possibly do an Etsy round-up of owls, because there are just too many things to choose from. (Well, I guess I could be sweet-talked into it…) But I got a Paper Source catalog in the mail this week, and aside from exclaiming “Hot Damn! I almost forgot I live near one of these now!” these owl place card kits jumped out at me as extra super cute.
Owl Placecard Kit

You can see how easy they would be to recreate (as place cards or as decorations), without the kit;ย  just get some cardstock and some scalloped scissors and glue. I like the idea of using patterned paper for the wings and maybe using brads to make them movable.

I also stumbled across this picture of “Your Best Handmade Creations” on Martha Stewart:


It had no pattern/instructions, but I HAD to make one for myself. This is seriously one of the cutest crafts I’ve ever seen.


(Did I sound like a giddy teenage girl just then? Good.)

I used a 4″ styrofoam ball, about 4 pieces of felt (couldn’t find any of the awesome hot pink felt like in the picture above, but the next one I make is going to be the yellow/pink combo), two 20mm googly eyes, and a glue gun. I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out:


The key is to start at the bottom, gluing the feathers around the bottom first, all the way to the top. As you can see, I cut out a little pink circle for the bottom. Why? I dunno. I was just making it up as I went along, and it seemed like a good idea for helping the owl stand upright.


Once you glue the feathers (almost to the top), glue on the nose, then the ears (triangle shaped – folded in half), then the eyes, then the top piece.


Yes, I’m pretty pleased with this. I want to make more of them with the girls, but I have to pace myself – it requires a lot of cutting. And, I used a glue gun, but it’s possible that regular Elmer’s glue would work. In all, it took about an hour and a half to make.

UPDATE: Happy to let you know that the original owls were created by Lery Lin. See her blog and shop for more!


24 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    Christy said,

    Woo-whooooooo! So cute and clever. Hope to try that sweet craft sometime. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. 2

    Lolly said,


  3. 4

    Shannon said,

    This is the cutest little guy, I plan on trying some this weekend, I’ll post pics of the finished product!

  4. 5

    kmom14 said,

    He’s so adorable! I think I am going to have to try to make this. Thanks for sharing how you did this with us.

  5. 6

    Dawn said,

    Oh I’m so glad I found you; I saw this owl and have been desperately trying to figure out how to do it for a slumber party craft. And yours came out so cute!

  6. 7

    Sabrina said,

    Are there any templates for this cute craft?? I want to do them as decoration for sister’s baby shower this weekend!

  7. 8

    Owl luvr5 said,

    OMG thats so cool!!! ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ™‚ i must do that im rearranging my room and puting in owl stuff this is on my must do list

  8. 9

    Vicki said,

    I love owls and these are so cute. Thank you for sharing.

  9. 10

    Jane said,

    I too saw these on Martha Stewart, and even wrote them to ask if instructions were available, but got no response. I think these are adorable…and they could be done in Christmas colors too, and Easter, and Valentine’s day, etc. Thanks so much. At least now I know where to begin.


  10. 11

    Jane said,

    P.S. Does anyone know the sizes of the “feathers?” Thanks.

  11. 12

    Queen V said,

    OMG so adorable x

  12. 13

    Lery Lin said,

    Thanks for the posting.

    I am glad everyone loves my owls featured in MS. I am the creator of those little owls.
    Also, happy that I was able to inspire others to make them!!

  13. 16

    Noella said,

    They are soo adorable! Will sure try to do one this weekend.. just wanted to ask, approxiametly how many black and white feathers did you cut out? And is it equal, like half of the ball is brown then half white?
    Thanks for the post

  14. 18

    owlsgohoot said,

    so adorable!

  15. 19

    Kandy said,

    I must try this. Thanks for sharing. I have an owl fetish. ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. 20

    Paula said,

    I love owls too.Im 9 years old and this week I made some craft felt owls. I use theme to decorate my room.

  17. 22

    anneabelle13 said,

    I love the little owls they look fun to make.

  18. 23

    Michelle Zhu said,

    So cute! Im totes going to make one!

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