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How to Make Wooden Owls

Posted by on Sep 19, 2012 in boxwoods, burlap, crafts, fall, front porch, outdoors, thrift store, yard sale | 21 comments

It was a beautiful fall day!

The perfect day to work on my front porch.

I had a couple of hours to work on it.

Daisy (my oldest) called about noon and said that one of her wires had broken on her braces and it was sticking in the side of her mouth.

My first response was, “Can you live with it?”

I was REALLY wanting to finish what I had started with my porch.

She said, “I can live with it, but the wire is cutting into the side of my mouth.”

Ok, so my compassionate side kicked in and I left what I was doing and got her to the orthodontist.

(Did you know that you are not supposed to eat pretzels with braces?  Now we know!)

That proved to be the last I would get to work on my porch for the day.

Luckily I had snapped a few pictures!

So, instead of the full front porch reveal, I will show you one of the projects.

Here is how I made the owls.

(Three of them, of course, for my 3 girls.)

I started with a piece of picket fence from the hardware store.

I had a friend (thanks, Steve) cut them for me.

I cut the top off of the picket.

The pictures will explain it better.

And, then cut the top off of that.

I bought wood circles for the eyes.

Using the Annie Sloan dark wax, I painted the eyes and feathers.

I cut a burlap beak.

And, centers for the eyes.

I also painted the middle of the eyes with dark wax.

I hot glued all of it down, and had this precious little owl.

I picked this branch up at the thrift store last week for $1.75.

It was a great branch and it was very smooth.

I also picked the brass planter up at a yard sale for $4.

I set one of my planted boxwoods over in the planter and secured the branch in with a brick.

I love how versatile my boxwoods can be!

(You can see my former front porch here.)

I added Spanish moss to the top.

I just wedged the owls into the branches.

They seemed secure enough.

I also added a bit of moss to each place that the owl was going to sit.

I am hoping that tomorrow will be the day that I get to finish!

As for our skunk situation, the smell is almost gone. . .

But, now we have a rabbit situation in the backyard.

I live in the city?!

Why all the wildlife issues?!

Yesterday, we saw our golden retriever sniffing at something in the backyard.

Upon further investigation, we saw that it was a tiny bunny.  We immediately got the dog away and went inside.  In just a few minutes, the mama was back.  I thought she would gather up the tiny fellow and that they would be on their way.  Instead, she dug a little hole for the bunny to get into.  I knew it was going to get cold last night, so I covered up the hole with a kitchen towel.

I checked on him this morning, and he was still alive.

This afternoon, Daisy said that the bunny was hopping around the backyard!  We were so excited! Until we realized that it was a second bunny.  The first bunny was still in his little hole.  I carefully scooped him up with a towel and carried him to his brother.  They nuzzled all over one another.

So, now there are two bunnies in the bunny hole.  I am afraid that mama has left them?

They are the cutest little things you have ever seen!

I asked a friend whose husband is a vet and she said that there was really nothing I could do and they would probably both die.

Very sad life (death) lesson for my girls.

I have had about enough wildlife drama in my backyard for a while!

The strangest wildlife event that we have ever had was the time that there were 2 peacocks on our roof.

But, that is another story for another day. . .

Life to the full,

Melissa

Here are the places that I party!

Sunday

Southern Hospitality

Under the Table and Dreaming

Flamingo Toes

I Heart Naptime

The DIY Showoff

My 1929 Charmer

The Tablescaper

Its So Very Cheri

 

Monday

Cowgirl Up

I Should Be Mopping The Floor

Mod Vintage Life

The Brassy Apple

Craft-O-Maniac

Between Naps on the Porch

Home Stories A to Z

A Stroll Thru Life

Boogieboard Cottage

Kelly’s Corner

The Dedicated House

Skip To My Lou

Tuesday

Domestically Speaking

Elizabeth and Company

My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

Uncommon Designs

The Winthrop Chronicles

Coastal Charm

Primitive and Proper

Cozy Little House

Tip Junkie handmade projects

 

Wednesday

Savvy Southern Style

Shades of Amber

Faded Charm

Someday Crafts

Lil Luna

Ginger Snap Crafts

Beyond the Picket Fence

The 36th Avenue

Restore Interiors

 

Thursday

Imparting Grace

My Re-Purposed Life

The Vintage Farmhouse

Freckled Laundry

52 Mantels

No Minimalist Here

The Charm of Home

The Shabby Creek Cottage

From My Front Porch to Yours

Chic on a Shoestring

AKA Design

504 Main

Katie's Nesting Spot

 

Friday

Whipperberry

My Romantic Home

French Country Cottage

Tatertots and Jello

Miss Mustard Seed

Thirty Handmade Days

Stuff and Nonsense

Craft Junkie Too

Common Ground

The Shabby Nest

Faith, Trust and Pixie Dust

Rooted in Thyme

Fingerprints on the Fridge

Liz Marie

Twenty Eight O Five

Craftberry Bush


Saturday

Funky Junk Interiors

Classy Clutter

Six Sisters Stuff

It’s Overflowing

Be Different Act Normal

 

Kelly’s Korner



Domestically Speaking

Southern Hospitality Fall Party

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21 Comments

  1. Those are the cutest owls EVER!! How very clever!

  2. 100% original. Love these owls.

    So, let me invite you to share your creation (and other ideas) at our linky party at http://www.FineCraftGuild.com/party : Look forward to seeing you there! ~ Rose

  3. So now that you have a bunny hostel in your backyard, I was wondering if you would be willing to take in one more? I have a lovely white bunny that I would be happy to send you. (He’s a champ, but he is just one more thing to keep clean and fed and alive around here.) I’d happily trade him for one of those adorable owls. They are seriously cute.

  4. Very cute owls! So easy to make and such a sweet arrangement.
    Debbie :)

  5. The owls are so clever! You could trace them on balsa wood-easy to cut-and sell them! Adorable!

    The bunny situation, well, I’d put some large hole wire-so the mom bunny could go through-and dogs stay out around them. However, what happens to them when they’re older, with other animals getting them, is sad (Mother Nature can be harsh). Try leaving carrots and lettuce out to encourage the mom to return.

    Hugs…skunk smell be banished!

  6. Oh this is fall perfection at its finest! A truly cute and cozy vignette.

    While we don’t have much fall here in Phoenix I would love for you to stop by to see where I did find a bit of fall.

    Have a blessed day!

  7. Oh my gosh those are cute! My best friend would love them. (She’s owl obsessed.) Thanks for sharing over at my place!

  8. I just found your blog today. I also live in the Murfreesboro area and wanted to say “Hi”. I’ve loved our cooler mornings this week. Cute owls!

  9. These owl are so cute! I love how rustic they are. We live in the country and you seem to have more wildlife than we do. Hope mama bunny comes back. I’m visiting from the Shabby Nest’s linky party and I’m a new Linky follower. Would love it if you had a chance to stop by sometime and follow back. Have a great weekend.
    Tuula :)

  10. I love your owls!

    I’d like to invite you to the Fall Into the Holidays blog hop!

    http://redcrowgreencrow.wordpress.com/2012/09/23/fall-into-the-holidays-3-happy-fall/

    Katie @ Horrific Knits

  11. Wh-o-o-o-o is that creative person? Melissa, of course, who can look at a picket and see an owl!

    We are having trouble with the baby squirrels being thrown out their nests by the crows. The children next door found a couple and came over to see what to do. My husband told them to put them somewhere quiet. I told them the truth – the baby squirrels would probably die from the fall, but keep them warm and love them as they pass. It is hard to explain the circle of life!

  12. My gosh, they are so cute! I love owls!

  13. Hello, newest linky follower, Owls are so popular and yours are perfect and very clever.

  14. Those owls are adorable. Cute, cute, cute. I hope your three girls enjoy them.
    Katie

  15. Loving your scarf pillow and our owls. So darned cute. Really like material you put on pillow first also. You’ve sure been a busy bee. Isn’t it fun to do all
    the awesome projects just cause you want to and can?
    I’ve been wanting to make some owls so you have given me the push I needed to start. We have lots of wood pieces just the right size to make owls. I’ll make a banner with them to hang on front of porch.
    I was talking with a couple of ladies last week at an American Legion bbq, asked them about their decorations for fall. They looked at me very puzzled and asked what I was talking about.I said I make decorations and put out Fall/Autumn things to perk up the house a little, brighten things up. They asked me why I’d want to do that? I told them they could drop by to see what I do and make. They said no, too much trouble to all of it. Asked me also if I didn’t have enuf to do without making more work for myself. Ah well to each his own. These ladies are younger than myself also. We’re usually only ones in our neighborhood that do any decorating for most of the holidays.

  16. Oh. my. word. These are absolutely adorable! So creative and so dang cute!

    Thanks so much for joining Grace at Home!

  17. Oh My Gosh, this is just too darn cute!! I have an owl thing going on this year. I LOVE it!!

  18. What a creative project- your owls are darling! THanks for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday!

  19. These are stinkin’ cute!! Thaks so much for sharing at our Uncommonly Yours party!! Sharing these on our FB page today!! ;)

  20. Those owls are “owldorable”! Love that they are easy to make and yet turn out so cute. Love them!!

  21. It is so cute! How did you think of that? Thank you for sharing you great ideas.

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