Thursday, January 28, 2016

Winter Baby Snow Owl DIY

Have I got a fun project!  Inspired by the extreme cold and blistery snow we've had, I'm making a baby snow owl.  I love making owls - as you can see here, here, here and here!  Whew!  The snow owls are born with soft white feathers called down.   I have a marabou feather boa that literally moves with the slightest touch - so perfect to make a little snow owl with!  And I have all the other materials I need to make this cutie:

Paper mache egg
Acrylic white paint
Paint brush
Marabou feather boa
Faux plastic animal eyes
Stiff felt
Stiff bristles (from a brush)
Hot glue
Pen cap

Begin with a paper mache egg .  .  .

and paint it white with acrylic paint and let dry.

Starting at the top of the egg, glue on the feather boa with a little hot glue and wrap around the egg.

Add glue sparingly as you wrap until the egg is completely covered with feathers.

For the eyes, cut out two one inch circles from stiff felt.
I had a clean replacement bristle brush that I never used so I removed some of the bristles from it and glue them on around the circles.

I inserted the plastic eyes into the center and glued them onto the paper mache egg areas by parting the feather where the eyes should go.
Next, I cut off the end piece of a pen cap for the beak - warmed it over a candle flame to bend and glued it on. 

*Fun fact - Baby owls will shed their white down feathers and grow spotted grey down feathers as they get older.
So, for the ear tufts, I glued on grey feathers just to see  .  .  .

*But most adult snow owls during the winter are pure white!
So adorable!

Snowy Owl
The owl gazed upon the forest As though the whole world was his fortress.
Stella H.
Take a little time to enjoy -
especially with this cold and wintry weather.

Happy Crafting!


  1. Wow! That little owl is just so adorable. You did a fantastic job!
    Hugs... :)

  2. What a cute snowy owl, I may just have to try that one day. Great job!

  3. What a cute snowy owl, I may just have to try that one day. Great job!

  4. What a fun project! Great owl. Have a great week :)

  5. oh so totally cute and fuzzy!! love your baby snow owl and just want to hug and snuggle the little adorable thing!

  6. Genuis! I may have to collect a few eggs during Easter sales to make some for my tree. I'm deciding if I want a winter white or gingerbread tree for this year.

  7. Gail, your owl is adorable. So fuzzy and cute. Years ago, I had a friend that made owls. I wish had her tutorial. Thanks for sharing yours and joining our Link party. Enjoy your new look!

  8. How adorable! You're always so creative, Gail. Pinned and Tweeted. Thanks for partying with us at Snickerdoodle Sunday.

  9. Amazing!!! I want to make 10 of them for my Christmas tree next year!!! So cute! And thanks for linking up with the Table It linky party!

  10. So cute! Thank you for sharing at The Really Crafty Link Party! Pinned!

  11. Oh my goodness, this is adorable! Totally caught my eye today :)
    And when I came here, I knew it was a Gail creation! Thank you for sharing with us at Snickerdoodle Sunday! Pinned and tweeted.

  12. Love it Gail! Your owl is totally adorable. Love your new blog look too!

  13. Gail, that is so stinkin' cute I can barely stand it! I don't think I have seen a craftie ever made more adorable than your wee snow owl! ADORBZ!!!! ♥

  14. I agree with Michele, your owl is so stinkin' cute! :) I must make one of these cuties soon.

    Thanks for sharing with Roses of Inspiration. Hugs to you!

  15. So sweet and fluffy! Thank you for sharing.

  16. Oh my goodness how cute is your owl, all feathery and just darling. Thank you for sharing on Oh My Heartsie Girl this week!!! Pinned to my sharing board for all to see!!!
    Hope to see you next week!
    PS I love your blog the color is perfect!

  17. Gail, this is an absolutely adorable owl! Thank you so much for sharing at #OMHGWW Wordless Wednesday! Pinning!

  18. Adorable owl! I love your lovely project! Thanks for sharing great tutorial!
    Hope you have a wonderful week!
    Hugs and love from Portugal,
    Ana Love Craft

  19. We love this little guy so much that we Featured him on our blog's Super Saturday! Hope you stop by!

  20. c' est vraiment très sympa j' aime beaucoup !!! merci du tuto a bientôt biz


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