|Mr & Mrs Who|
I'm sure all of you have fallen in love with something you discovered at a linky party and wanted to make. That's what happened to me. I saw a picture of "Two Burlap Southern Owls" at Kathy's Bouquet of Talent Linky Party here.
The owls were posted by JP of Sweet Inspirations here.
We all love owls. They are so cute and intriguing. And JP presented some awesome pictures of these cuties from all angles. Lucky for me she had gotten them on a shopping trip but I'm sure if she wanted to make them, like I did, she could lovingly make a precious little set that would be available in her shop. She's a designer so check out her blog for wonderful inspirations.
The owls were quite easy to put together but with drying time they had to be done over a few days. My owls, which look a little different from JP's, are made out of burlap, jute twine, yarn, cardboard, acrylic paint, wire and paper mache. You probably have everything you need to make these cute, adorable owls. Everything, that is, except the eyes, which can be purchased at AC Moore (large) or Hobby Lobby (small).
I started by making a papermache oval ball. You can get the directions on making the paper mache glue and clay here.
Briefly, this is what I did:
Crushed together newpapers into a ball.
Painted half of the balls and let dry
Now that I have my burlap body, I decided to add the eyebrow or what's called the supercilium.
If you look at a picture of a real owl, you will notice this triangular shape. I drew it on cardboard and cut it out. It will go above the eyes. The "eyes" will fit perfectly around the curves.
I didn't take a picture of the finished brows but you'll see them when I add the eyes which I'll show you next.
Making the eyes is very similar to making pom poms. I wanted to emphasize their beauty so I used two different types of yarn. One fluffier than the other.
Wrapped a tube (from aluminum foil) with yarn about five inches wide over a length of yarn to tie.
Once the eyes were in place, I made bills from left over paper mache clay. I forgot to take pictures of this but I just rolled a little piece of clay in the palm of my hand, cut it in half and made a small curvature of the pieces. After drying, I painted them black. Once the paint was dry I glued the bills on the tip of the brow, below the eyes.
The owls were really coming together at this point, but I was so undecided on how I would do the wings or what is called coverts on owls. JP's owls had what looked like small jute twine swirled or crochet in a decorative pattern. I thought about gluing pinecone scales (too tedious) or fringing burlap (not sure how that would work) and in the end, decided to use some tp cardboard shapes I had cut out for a project I never used.
Coating burlap with mod podge, I pressed the cardboard cutouts on the fabric and cut them out after drying.
Next came the legs and claws. I cut six pieces of wire from a clothes hanger for each owl and wrapped the wires with jute twine and glue. Using flat nose pliers, I curved the ends and wrapped three together to look like claws.
This is how the owls look with the claws in place. Cute, cute, cute!
Once the claws were in place, I added the tails which were made in a similar manner as the wings, only longer. Photographing the tails proved difficult after I glued them to the tree limb.
The owls are finally completed. How adorable!
Mr. & Mrs Who
Perched in a tree . . . they sit, surveying the land, indulging in a bit of prowling or maybe just sightseeing. Cute as can be!
Thanks JP for the sweet inspiration!
Take a little time to enjoy!
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