This Halloween decoration was inspired by my 15-month-old daughter's love of owls. I made these owls during her afternoon nap, and surprised her when she woke up! Elise helps me with most projects, but this one seemed more appropriate for a slightly older child.
- paper bags (large owl is a leaf bag, small owls are gift bags with the handles cut off)
- masking tape
- wall bumpers (large owl eyes)
- ping pong balls (small owl eyes)
- x-acto knife/scissors
- orange card stock
- Fill bags with leaves, pressing down every so often to make compact. (We live in a windy place, so I put large rocks in the bottoms of my bags first to keep them from blowing over.)
- Tape the top of the bag closed, shaping the sides into "ears." I used painter's tape, but masking tape would be ideal. (see above photo)
- If your bag has writing on it, you'll probably want to paint over it. I used spray paint to paint the large owl I made from the leaf bag. I didn't paint my small owls because I made them with plain bags.
- Use paint or markers to add details like feathers, wings, etc. I used a black sharpie for the details on the white owl. I used white paint on the other two owls.
- Draw pupils on wall bumper and ping pong ball eyes with a sharpie. I used double-sided tape to attach wall bumper eyes to the large owl. The ping pong ball eyes were a little trickier to attach. First, I cut ping pong ball sized X's with an x-acto knife where I wanted the eyes to be on the owls. Then, I applied glue to the backs of the ping pong balls and pressed them into the X's.
- Cut triangles out of orange card stock for the beaks, folding down the center to add dimension. Use glue to attach beaks to the owls.
- Done! Give your finished owls a kiss - that's what Elise does. ;)
Hoo Hoo's excited for Halloween?!?!!!!