This week is the Fall Ideas Tour that Kathy from Petticoat Junktion organized! You can see links to other bloggers at the end of this post and I guarantee … you’ll find plenty of fall decorating inspiration! Today is craft day and as part of the tour, I’m sharing how to make pine cone owls! I’m going to use these little guys to help decorate my daughter Bridget’s baby shower next month. She’s having a boy and has chosen a woodland theme for her nursery, so I’m decorating her party in the same genre.
These little guys were fun to make, although a little time consuming. But they’re for my daughter so it was worth every minute of cutting little circles out of felt!
I found the tutorial for these cute little pine cone owls over at Lia Griffith, who is one of the most amazing crafters out there! On her blog, you’ll find the printable template to trace the cut-outs for eyes and wings.
If you live in the Chicago area, you might remember the kid’s TV program called The Ray Rayner Show. On the show, Ray would re-create a craft that a professional made. He tried his best, but his crafts always looked like one of those Pinterest fails! I was hoping my pine cone owls wouldn’t end up looking like a Ray Rayner project!
I didn’t download the template for all the felt pieces. Instead, I just cut them free hand. We had the Bears football game on and while I was making my pine cone owls, hubby was cutting book page apples from steamy paperback novels for me. He knew I was under the gun to get a lot of blogging stuff done so he helped out!
After gluing all the felt pieces together and then hot gluing the faces and wings to the pine cones, it’s time to make the feet … well, claws technically. Use pipe cleaners for the “feet.” Cut pipe cleaners into smaller pieces. Make a u-shape with one, and then wrap a shorter piece of pipe cleaner in the center so that you have 3 claws per foot. Then hot glue the feet onto the bottom of the pine cone. Bend the front of each claw down a bit.
Once the woodland-themed baby shower is over, Bridget can use these little fellas to decorate the nursery. She’s due at the beginning of November and is having a water birth! I had considered that birthing method myself back in the day, but never followed through. So I’m excited that she’s going to do it!
Bridget is having an at-home birth, with a midwife and a doula. A doula is someone who provides physical and emotional support during the birthing process.
A special thanks to Lia Griffith – visit her blog for the tutorial and printable template! I think my daughter will love these little owls.
Be sure to visit today’s other crafters, and you can see the rest of this week’s earlier inspiration at the links below!
Postcards from the Ridge | All Things Heart and Home
Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer | Domestically Speaking
Prodigal Pieces | Housepitality Designs
Mad In Crafts | My Creative Days
Refresh Restyle | 2 Bees in a Pod
Fox Hollow Cottage | Artsy Chicks Rule
Our Southern Home | Restoration Redoux
Savvy Southern Style | Atta Girl Says
H2OBungalow | Cottage at the Crossroads
Today’s Creative Life | Dukes and Duchesses
Hunt & Host | The Interior Frugalista
Sweet Pea | Petticoat Junktion
At the Picket Fence |Town and Country Living
Cupcakes and Crinoline
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia | So Much Better With Age
Art is Beauty | AKA Design