Friday, November 30, 2018

Purple Buffalo Plaid Owl Ornament

Isn't he the sweetest? I love making owls as seen herehere, here and here just to show a few. So it's only fitting that I make one for the Twelve Days of Christmas - DIY Ornaments. And in keeping with my plan to introduce you to lots of purple buffalo plaid Christmas decorative items during the 12 days event, this owl ornament is made with purple buffalo plaid fabric!  Woo Hoo!

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Purple Buffalo Plaid Owl Ornament DIY
  • SmoothFoam Egg
  • Buffalo Plaid Fabric/needle and thread
  • Brush bristles/needlenose pliers
  • Plastic Animal Eyes
  • Tacky Glue
  • Hot Glue
  • Pine Cones
  • Felt
  • Twine

I used a foam egg shape to make this ornament since an owl is larger at the top and narrower at the bottom. I didn't really know how I was going to cover the egg with the fabric. It's polyester and not exactly forgiving, especially using glue.  So I decided to make a close fitting sack to put the egg in -  and go from there.
The fabric looked the same on both sides so I did a simple basting around the three sided edges.
I should have made the sack a little longer to gather more, but this will work, too! I added tacky glue inside around the bottom and close it up with a small rubber band. Then I tied it with twine for a more permanent hold.
For the eyes, I cut out two small circles from stiff felt.  I had a clean replacement bristle brush that I used for previous owl eyes I created, so I removed more of the bristles from it and glued them on around the circles.

Then I used the pointed blade of scissors to make a hole through the fabric and foam so I could insert the eyes. I added a bit of glue to the attached tip on the eyes before insertion for a permanent seal, too. 
Next, I plucked scales from pine cones to .  .  .
glue onto the owl - as ear tufts, feathers, wings, feet, talons and tail. I got carried away with that! Lol!
 I also folded the corners of red felt into a small V shape for the nose. And finally, tied folded twine into a knot to make a loop and, using an ice pick, inserted the knot (with glue) into the top of the foam. 

And finally, I added a tiny branch (perch)to the bottom and wrapped twine around it to mimic the talons of the owl..
What a cutie!

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  1. A purple buffalo check owl ornament seems to be so you, Gail! What a fun ornament! Love the use of the pine cone.

  2. The bristle brush eyes are a brilliant idea! This owl is so cute and you wrote a great tutorial!

  3. How adorable is your little owl ornament, Gail! Love the bottle brush eyes - very clever.

  4. Oh my goodness... I love that owl!! Too adorable!

  5. This owl is the cutest! I love the eyes and using the pinecone. Love it!

  6. This is such a cute owl ornament! I love the purple plaid fabric and the eyes!


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