This charming owl wreath is made from recycled stuff you can find around the house.
If you want more nature-inspired crafts, see all of my nature crafts here, otherwise I’ll be owl by myself.
Help! There’s an Owl in my House!
Warning! Bad owl puns and jokes ahead! I was asked by a reader for a simple owl decor craft to make with her granddaughter and, as I was researching ideas, I stumbled across far too many terrible owl puns. Owl puns so bad I found myself laughing. So I have to pass them along, right?
The challenge with these frugal and fun crafts is to use up stuff you already have. You may not have these exact supplies, but, if you’re willing to adapt, you’ll have a truly unique project. Plus, the fun is in the making, right? Say yes and owl love you forever.
There’s something rather funny about wandering around the house in search of items that could become an owl.
Or to be asked, Mom, what are you looking for? And reply, an owl’s beak. Or to examine the junk drawer asking, what looks like a beak? For my recycled cardboard wise owls I used spoons. This time I realized the answer was right in my hands: a zipper pull.
I’d already picked out a zipper to use for the eyes, and the leftover pull seemed like a fitting choice for the beak.
The rest of the materials and supplies are listed below along with the step by step instructions.
Me: Someone just told me you sound like an owl.
What did the owl have to say about his day?
It was hoot.
Materials & Supplies
Eyes & Beak
- 2 canning jar lids (rims and inserts)
- 1 (18″) zipper (I used a navy blue metal, open-end / separating zipper)
- 1 grapevine wreath (the one I used is 15″ in diameter, measured at the outside edges)
- corrugated cardboard (for the belly)
- burlap (enough to cover the cardboard belly)
- stuffing (wool or polyester)
- corrugated cardboard (2 wings)
- burlap (to cover wings)
- acorns (optional)
- small tree branch (optional)
- Hot glue and glue gun or other thick adhesive (for eyes, beak, and attaching belly, wings, and acorns to wreath)
- Stapler (to attach burlap to back of belly)
- Mod Podge (to attach burlap to wings)
- Paint brush (to apply Mod Podge)
- Wire (to attach branch and hang wreath)
- Scissors (to cut cardboard)
- Pencil (to draw shapes to cut out)
- Tin snips (to cut notches in canning jar rims)
What’s a favourite tv show for night owls?
Step 1: Owl Eyes & Beak
- Cut a notch in each jar rim (this will hold the zipper end in place, forming the eye brows).
- Place the lid upside-down in the rim and glue it in place. Put the glue where it won’t be visible.
- Separate the zipper into two pieces (you may need to cut off the end stop to remove the zipper pull).
- To form the eyes, place hot glue along the zipper fabric (except for the last 3-4″) and roll up in a spiral (working clockwise). Hold until glue dries. I use tweezers to hold it in place so I don’t burn my fingers on the glue.
- Repeat for the 2nd eye, but roll it counter-clockwise (so the eyes are mirror images of each other).
- Attach the zipper eyes to the canning jar lids with hot glue. Thread the zipper ends through the rim notches. You may want a dab of hot glue to hold them in place.
- Attach zipper pull (beak) to eyes with hot glue (or other adhesive).
What do you get when you put a bee in front of an owl?
Step 2: Owl Body
- Cut a round piece of corrugated cardboard slightly larger than the opening in the middle of the wreath.
Decide which side is the good side (and will show/face outward).
- Cut a piece of burlap about 2″ bigger than the cardboard.
- Form a ball of stuffing slightly smaller than the opening of the wreath.
- Staple the burlap to the cardboard, leaving about 1/3 open on one side. The staples will be hidden by the wreath.
- Place the stuffing under the burlap (on the good side of the cardboard) and adjust so it looks like a nice, round belly. Yes, round bellies can be nice. 🙂
- Staple the belly shut.
- Apply hot glue in globs around the front edge of the belly cardboard and attach to the back of the wreath (so the burlap / stuffing belly shows through the opening in the wreath).
What did the owl say when he failed his English test?
I don’t give a whom.
Related: 12 lovely nature craft ideas here.
Step 3: Owl Wings
- Cut out two cardboard wings in the shape shown. Make them a size that looks right on your wreath.
- Cut out two pieces of burlap, slightly larger than each cardboard wing.
- Apply a thick layer of Mod Podge to the cardboard and press burlap onto it.
If your cardboard is different colours, be sure to choose the side that would look ok showing through the burlap.
- Cover burlap in more Mod Podge and allow to dry according to product instructions.
- When dry, cut off excess burlap, trimming around the shape of the cardboard.
What do you call an owl with a very low voice?
Step 4: Wreath Details
- I attached some acorns with hot glue, and hung a branch with a piece of wire at the bottom of the wreath.
- Use whatever you have and like! Make it seasonal if you like. Decorative corn, raffia ribbon, leaves, or tiny pumpkins would look sweet for fall.
Step 5: Assemble Your Owl
- I hot glued everything together. Hot glue does have a tendency to lose its bond in extreme weather so keep this in mind.
- Alternately, you could use floral wire or GE silicone II to hold all the pieces together (wings to wreath, belly to wreath, eyes to wreath).
- Add a hanger to the back if needed (wire loop or anything you have that works).
What happened to the owl who never bathed?
He smelled fowl.
We made a cute owl wreath!
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Don’t worry, owl wait.
~Melissa the Empress of Dirt ♛