I have THE most adorable owl activity/craft to share with you all today! You can make it for a fun winter time activity, or for any time of year really. Which is perfect if you have any owl lovers in your brood.
Oh my gosh! Using pine cones as the feathers for these owls has got to be my favorite part of the whole activity because it gives them a scalloped look like the feathers of a real owl have.
I love this craft even more than those New Years Eve Noise makers that we made this year.
This tutorial is going to be a little on the longer side (there are lots of steps), so I am going to just jump right in. Remember that I will have a free printable “how-to” card at the bottom so that it will make it easier to remember everything without having to scroll.
First I want to show you the little video of how to make the Pinecone Owl Winter Kid Craft, and then I will share the still images and break it down into the steps that are in the “how-to” card.
**If you like this craft, make sure to check out my entire crafts section as well as my free printables.**
Here are the needed supplies laid out. Remember that you can make these however you want… change things up, paint the pine cones first and let them dry, do crazy colors, you could even dye the cotton balls if you really wanted to, but I’m going to show you how to do it the easier way.
Step 9: Assemble it with crafting glue (don’t mind that the cotton is not attached to the pine cones in this shot).
Look how cute they turned out!
- Pinecones (dry and free of bugs)
- Cotton balls (about 5 for each pinecone, depending on the size)
- 2 (9x12) sheets felt in coordinating colors
- 2 wiggly eyes (for each pinecone)
- Quick dry tacky glue
- 2 tan pipe cleaners (for each pinecone for feet)
- ½ yellow or orange pipecleaner (for each pinecone for beak)
- Ink pen or marker
1. Tear pieces of cotton from the cotton ball and stuff between the layers of the pinecone. Once the pinecone is completely filled, set aside.
2. Take a one to three inch piece of pipe cleaner and fold in half and then inwards again to create a beak (the larger piece of pipe cleaner you use, the bigger the beak) . Set aside.
3. Cut each pipe cleaner (intended for their talons) in three equal pieces. With each piece of pipe cleaner, fold under part of the stem (about ⅓ of the stem) and shape until a talon for the owl’s feet. Repeat the step until all pipe cleaners are bent.
4. Take three of the shaped pipe cleaners and twist the unbent ends together to create one foot. Repeat with the other three stem pieces. Glue to the bottom of the pinecone.
5.Place wiggly eyes on one sheet of felt. Draw around the eyes to create a bulky hourglass shape. Cut from felt. Glue the eyes to the felt. Set aside to dry.
6. On the same piece of felt, draw a teardrop shape slightly shorter than the height of the pinecone. Fold the felt in half and cut two teardrop pieces.
7. Place one of the teardrop pieces on the coordinating piece of felt. Outline a teardrop slightly larger than the existing teardrop. Fold the felt in half and cut two teardrop shapes.
8. Glue one smaller teardrop piece to each larger teardrop piece. Set aside to dry.
9. Attach beak, wings, and eyes with Tacky Glue. Set Aside until dry.
Make sure to allow glue to dry properly before letting children handle or transfer them.
May be a good idea to make these on top of sheets of parchment or craft paper.
I think that they turned out super cute…but I may be a little biased ;). What do you think? Totally worth the time and effort to make these, right? They’re pretty dang inexpensive to make too.
Don’t forget that I said that you can easily switch things up with these little owls and each kid can make them in whatever colors to really add a personal touch.
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