Monday, October 28, 2013

Cute Little Paper Owl Cards - A Brief Tutorial

You will notice a trend this week. I will be doing several posts with owl crafts and owl art. My daughter loves owls and her birthday is coming up so we have a theme going on around here.

These little cards are very simple and oh so cute. These were inspired by THESE LITTLE OWL BAGS. We put information and greetings on the back and sent them out to family and friends. Keep in mind that if you do mail them, you'll need a rather wide envelope to account for the eyes.

They're very simple to make and would be a fun project to do with kids.

Cardstock in bown, dark brown, white, black, and orange or yellow (or whatever other colors you choose to make your owls)
Scrapbook paper
Glue stick or school type glue
Paper cutter (optional)
Circle drawing template (optional, but helpful)

INSTRUCTIONS: (none of these measurements are set in stone--change it up however you'd like!)

1. Begin with a long strip of cardstock for the owl's body. For these owls I began with a piece that was 7-3/4" x 3-1/2" for the longer ones and 6" x 3-1/2" for the shorter owl. (I thought my daughter would prefer the longer owls, but we both agreed afterwards that the short owl is just too cute!)

2. Fold the top down about 1-1/2" and cut from the center of the edge of the paper back to the fold (this forms the triangle head part).

3. Cut 2 eye pieces in dark brown (2-1/4" diameter), 2 in white (1-3/4" diameter), and 2 in black (1-1/8" in diameter).

4. Cut a bib piece from scrapbook paper that is around 2-1/2" wide and long enough to fit from about the tip of the triangle head part to about 1/2" above the bottom of your owl. Round the bottom edges.

5. Cut a beak piece from orange or bright yellow. You can do either a triangle or diamond shape. Whatever you prefer.

6. Time to assemble. Glue in this order - 1. Bib piece to body piece, 2. Eyes (I fully assembled the eyes and then glued them onto the body), 3. Beak, 4. Head fold piece (for this I put a dab of glue right at the point and then held it with a clothespin for a few minutes as my cardstock was quite stiff and it kept wanting to unfold).

That's it!
Whoooooooo's gonna make some?? :)

1 comment:

Natalie Simons said...

I love these. The kids loved it too. It's such a cute card!!


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