Thursday, 16 June 2016

Owl Post

A collection of 18 Owl themed craft ideas and projects.
Owls were everywhere a little while ago, it seemed they were on everything! Never one to be a strict follower of fashion and trends I'm proud to say I still love owls.
So when I was trawling through some old photos the other day and found quite a few handmade owl based things I thought I could collect them up with some other lovely Owl crafts from 'tinternet into an "Owl post" (Awh, see what I did there Harry Potter fans!)
Picture from Pottermore

Let's start with a bit of a long story, I'll try to keep it brief. Long before my own blogging days I read lots of lovely blogs, one of which, You Go Girl I'd come across one day when looking for doodle embroidery ideas. Now it was there that I saw these super cute felt creatures, included an Owl. There was a link to another blog Juicy Bits where you can get a free pattern for a similar felt owl - are you still with me?!
I combined the pattern from Juicy Bits with the embroidery ideas from You go Girl and made a few felt Owls.
Then using the same pattern shapes I made a paper pieced card to match.
I love how this came out, I need to make this one again soon!

Paperchase had a lovely owl wrapping paper at the height of the owl fashion mania and I used it for more card making.
I just stuck one owl to card, cut it out and fixed it with foam pads over another Owl. Then just added googly eyes to finish it off - love googly eyes! The letters are from old coloured envelopes and are punched using my lovely Quickcuts Squeeze die cutter.
Here I've just added another "wrapping paper on card" owl on a really simple gatefold card.

I found this (at least) 10 year old toilet paper tube owl our daughter has kept because her cousin made it for her. It is a little bit faded!
You can find tutorials to make similar ones here and here.

This lovely felt needlecase is something I have inherited from my Mum. Now I didn't actually know if she made it or was given it but I do know she loved it and so do I.
I remember seeing her using it when I was little and I still use it all the time.

I might try to take a pattern from it sometime and see if I can recreate it.

A couple of years ago I made our daughter this cushion using this brilliant granny square tutorial from Repeat Crafter Me.

I'd also used the same basic owl pattern from the granny square but used a much smaller hook and made this little brooch.

Now here is a parliament* of lovely Owl based crafts I've found to inspire you a little more!

These cute pinecone and felt owls from Lia Griffith are a kids craft really but I think it would be perfectly acceptable for grown ups to make them too, don't you?


If you have a friend who sews wouldn't they love an owl sewing buddy? Or maybe you just need to make one for yourself. The pattern is free and there is a step by step photo tutorial too from The Modern Tomato.

Monroe from Sew Crafty Crochet adapted her favourite owl cushion pattern and made this lovely Owl from old denim jeans this Earth day.

Something for you knitters now, how cute are these owl gloves? It's from Julie is Coco and Cocoa and she has patterns for a matching hat and scarf too.


How about getting your upcycling on and making this wood slice owl from House of Hawthornes? Because they are made from mostly recycled bits and pieces I imagine every one would have it's own unique look and personality.


These free printable chocolate bar wrappers from Lisa Storms are so sweet! They designed for Mini Hershey bars but I'm sure it would be easy enough to find a chocolate bar that would fit wherever you live in the world, or just tweak the printing size to make them fit your favourite treat.


The idea of making owl pancakes seems like a holiday thing to me, I can't imagine ever having had time on a school morning! But a chilled out weekend or holiday morning ... so much fun to make and eat!
The recipe, tips and even a short video on how to put it all together are on Simple as That.

Have you ever tried loom knitting? I have to confess I haven't other than using what we used to call a French knitting dolly to make necklaces, bracelets and spiral placemats when I was a kid. I believe it's the same sort of method but it's possible to get much more impressive results. Just take this Owl for example from Loom Lore.
They have loads of useful information to help you get started with loom knitting too if you fancy having a go.

These button owls from Learn Create Love have been made into magnets, what a lovely kids holiday project.

This is fun little fella to make! There is a pattern and full instructions on Rustic Honey
I'm thinking how lovely he would be part stuffed with gravel or rice and used as a door stop.

Amigurumi crochet is often just so darn cute and it doesn't get much cuter than this sweet little owl from Kristi Tullus
A free pattern and super clear step by step photos, my favourite kind of tutorial!

Have you become hooked on the colouring in craze or fancy having a go? Or maybe you are looking for the kids to do on a rainy afternoon, check out these lovely free owl printable pages from Dabbles and Babbles.

So there you have it, an owl post! Are you a fan of these wise old birds? 
* a whole load of owls together is a parliament apparently, I looked it up and that's what Mr Google said so it must be true...
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I'll be linking up at these great link parties
Julia Nyanyo
Julia Nyanyo

Hello, I'm Julie. I love making things and this is where I share my enthusiasm.

23 comments:

  1. I love those mitts, so subtle but lovely. Jo x

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    1. They are great aren't they, I'm left wondering how come I never looked at a cable pattern & saw owl potential! There are a whole set of patterns and even some from crochet too.

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  2. Awe. All of these crafts are so cute. Thanks for sharing!

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  3. How cute are all these owls!? I especially love the owl made out of recycled materials. Genius! Thanks for featuring my little owl sewing buddy on your blog!

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  4. Your owls, all of them are darling, the wrappers are great!!! This was perfect for sharing on #OMHGFF this week, thank you!!

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    1. Thanks Karren, glad you like them all.

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  5. Love anything owl related :) So cute!!

    Blessings,
    Edye | Http://gracefulcoffee.wordpress.com

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  6. What a lovely post! Really enjoyed all the different owls! And some new ideas for things to make too. I do still like them and have made a few owl related things already but there's always room for more!

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  7. They're all gorgeous, I think my favourite is the loom knitted owl

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    1. It's great isn't it, I've never seen anything so fancy looking from loom knitting until I started checking out The Loom Lore site.

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  8. Owl heaven, love them all. Just checked and I have 2 rolls of owl fabric, lol

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    1. Ooo, lucky you, enjoy making something fabulous!

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  9. This post got better and better as I kept on reading Julie, and you've made so many of them yourself too. So much cuteness by the time I got to the pinecone owls I was totally hooked and then you gave us the owl sewing buddy!!! You're so right we haven't seen owls as much recently but you've changed things up again today :D

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    1. Thanks Chris, I had such fun collecting all the ideas together. I don't think lovely cute ideas ever really go completely out of fashion do they? !

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  10. Hi Julie! I love these..my favorites are the pine cone owls and the gloves :) I wanted to thank you for sharing with my No Rules Weekend Blog Party, and to let you know that I have chosen this post as one of my Monday Special Features!

    If you'd like to have a look here's the link:
    http://lifeasweknowitbypaula.blogspot.com/2016/06/monday-special-features-13.html

    Have a great week :)
    Paula

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    1. Thank you Paula, thats such lovely news.

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  11. Great post! Such cute projects. :-)

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  12. I love owls, and all of these look awesomely cute! Thank you for sharing at The Really Crafty Link Party this week! Pinned!

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    1. This is one of this week's featured posts (http://keepingitrreal.blogspot.com.es/2016/06/the-really-crafty-link-party-24-featured-posts.html). Congratulations and have a wonderful weekend!

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    2. Such a lovely surprise and honour, thank you.

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  13. On of the teacher's at my daughter's school this past year was Mrs. Hoot. Her whole room was owls. I love all the cute owls you shared here. I think the needle case is my favorite... No I have some ideas in my mind. :)

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    1. Mrs Hoot is a fab name for an owl loving teacher, I guess it wouldn't be right for her to fill her room with anything else really!

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