Thursday, August 4, 2011

Little Craft: scare owl

Have you seen those plastic owls that people put in their gardens to scare away other birds and pests? Some even move their heads and say “hoo hoo”.  I’m not sure how effective they are. I’ve heard stories of real birds landing on top of them.

To test out a scare owl, you can make one with your little crafters. This is a great project if you’ve planted a new garden and are trying to establish seedlings. I made this scare owl out of throw away plastic so that it would be water proof in my garden.

The body of the owl is an ice cream lid, the wings are cut from a frozen food tray and the feathers are made from plastic sheet protectors.

I used my glue gun to assemble the pieces. Regular glue would be more kid friendly for this project, just make sure the glue you use will hold up in hot or wet weather.

Once the body, feathers and wings are assembled, glue on flat marbles for the eyes and a bead for the nose. Glue your scare owl to a stick and let your little crafters place it in the garden.

Hopefully, it will scare away any pesky critters. If not, it’s still a cute plant stick.

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8 comments :

  1. So clever! Thanks for sharing :)

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  2. Love this! I don't quite understand the owl fever going on on in the craftworld, but I'm definitely not immune to it! I love owls! I would have never guessed your owl was made from tv dinner trays. Very clever! I have a post called "Crazy about Owls" I'd love for you to check out.
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    Rikka J.
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  3. Great idea! I like the fact that u used all recycled materials. Thank u for sharing

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  4. Are the sheet protectors blue?

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  5. So cute. I've been wanting to make more garden art with the kids! We will try this, but we may hang it up near the garden or maybe make a mobile with a bunch of owls! Thanks for sharing!
    Amanda at http://theeducatorsspinonit.blogspot.com/

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  6. Thank you everyone for your comments.
    Yes, the sheet protectors are blue. They're the kind you put in a ring binder. Sometimes they come with a divider tab.

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  7. Cute! I love owls!

    Jo @ SmileMonsters

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