Sunday, November 10, 2013

Glitzy Owl - DIY

I've been working on my Christmas projects which may include several owls.  I've become obsessed with making them.  You can find a couple of burlap owls I made here and another one here.  Owls are so cute and adorable.  And as crafters, you know we have to start early so others can be inspired and have enough time before the big holiday to recreate.  Besides,  if you've read the Legend of the Christmas Owl, you can understand why I've been making so many owls.  Just kidding! 

I saw a glittered owl ornament at West Elm and wanted to make one just like it. You know I love glittery things!  I found corrugated glittered paper in the scrape book section at AC Moore in the same pattern as the ornament and I had a large paper mache egg I got last spring for 50% off, some glitter paint in purple, eyes, corrugated cardboard and hot glue - so I'm good to go!

Here's how:

Paint the paper mache egg with glitter paint.

It was so watery that three coats were applied.
I made the eyes next by cutting out corrugated cardboard circles.  (I used a 7oz plastic cup as a pattern)

Then I cut pie shape slits in the cardboard, and covered with glitter paint.  I cut quarter size circles from a white plastic flower (for the whites of the eye) and glued them to the cardboard.

The backside of the cardboard was painted with metallic paint.

Plastic animal eyes were inserted into the cardboard. . . and placed
 on the head by pushing the ends of the eyes (screws) into the papermache.
The beak is from an ballpoint pen cap that I flatten and melted with a candle flame and glued on.
Using a half oval pattern for the "feathers" to cut out of the silver glitter corrugated paper and
 attach to the body of the owl.
Two elongated pieces of glitter paper were glued together, shaped, and glued on top for the "ears"
Next came the claw feet made out of silver paper coated wire using needle nose pliers and glued on.

Ta Da!  The finished look.  .  . how cute is this!



"The Legend of the Christmas Owl. I'm a little Christmas Owl, as cute as I can be. I won't say much while I'm here, but my eyes have much to see. When Santa starts to check his list, you know he checks it twice. He sends an owl to be his eyes and see whooo's naughty and nice! So, every time you see an owl with his eyes so wide and bright... be on your best behavior for that owl is Santa's sight!"

                                   Hope you've been inspired to make one.

Take a little time to enjoy!


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  1. your glitzy owl is so adorable, kinda reminds me of a pine cone. What a clever idea for the nose.

  2. I love glittery things too, and your owl is so cute Gail! What a great way to use a PM egg. Love him in his Santa cap. Adorable!

  3. I hope you will line up all your owls for a runway show. I love looking at them. This one needs a special name for his cute glitter-ness!

  4. How cute, you did a great job with the owl!!! I love owls, and have made lots of owl ornaments and other little things, they are just so cute! I love how fun and glittery yours is!!! Very cute!!!

  5. Gail this is SOOOO adorable, and the little poem is perfect! I'm feeling inspired to make one for my little grandson's Christmas tree. Great job!
    Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving such sweet comments about our feature,too!
    Big hugs,
    Say hello to my soror!

  6. Such a pretty owl. Love the colors you chose.

  7. I love this little fellow - he is absolutely adorable... so glitzy .... Cathy

  8. Oh my goodness Gail another great project!! You are amazing! Tammy

  9. Oh my word, this is so cute and such a fabulous tutorial. I love your poem too, how perfect is that. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  10. You are so creative it's wonderful! You made the tutorial look so easy I just might have to try it!


  11. Gail, he's adorable!! you can make some of the coolest stuff! the egg form is ideal for "bodies" - gotta remember this one!

  12. Oh he's so cute I adore anything glittered he's awesome!

  13. Oh my goodness. This is so cute. My niece who loves purple and all things sparkly would love to have this as a room decoration.

  14. Gail, you're so talented! I love all your owls and this one is no exception. I'll be making some for sure. Perfect since I'm laid up for awhile! Love this little guy!!

  15. Aww love your owl it is so sweet :)

    Thanks for sharing at Creative Mondays last week, pinning and featuring this week at the hop ...

  16. Absolutely AWESOME
    Cute owl and very beautiful and i admire your creativity

  17. This is too adorable! Your attention to detail always impresses me! Those feet! Love it! Thanks for the great tutorial too!

  18. I'm in love with your owl. I am trying to figure out how I can squeeze one more project in for the weekend. I really want one too. I signed up as a follower and I am looking forward to seeing more of your projects. Thank you for the inspiration.


  19. This is sooo cute! Sounds like a lot of work, but really cute.

  20. That is just adorable! visiting from a stroll through Life and so delighted to have found your site!


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