Archive for the ‘Crafts’ Category


Thanks to a pingback, I was alerted to these wonderful DIY Christmas owl themed ornaments and gift wrap created by Traci over at Beneath My Heart. Made from low-cost materials, these handmade ornaments and packaging provide a great solution to those who are looking to add a personal touch to their holiday offerings without breaking the bank.


For full instructions on how to make the unique items shown, be sure to click the link below for the full run down.


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Check out these brilliant handmade Valentines!

Blue Purple and Scarlett created these wonderful owl-centric Valentines Day cards using card-stock, punch-outs, and stamps after being inspired by a trip to her local craft store. If you’re interested in making your own owl Valentines, Blue Purple and Scarlett has graciously shared the pattern she created just for this project so that you too can create equally awesome owl Valentines Day cards! Be sure to visit the full site for a ton of additional pictures, card variations, and helpful advice to get you started.

Happy crafting!


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While looking for some DIY owl Christmas ornaments I stumbled upon these tiny owl crafts by Sarah Goldschadt. She has been making ‘The Owlies’ for quite some time, but was just recently featured on Martha Stewart’s craft blog The Craft Dept. where she thankfully wrote up a detailed tutorial on how to make these little guys yourself. Her creations were even featured in the craft book Microcraft, where all of the projects are smaller than a spool of thread. Cute!

For those that are looking for a quick fix for their tree can pick up some pre-made owls at her shop here.


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Found this while browsing the ol’ standby, Martha Stewart. This simple and potentially free craft project is a very creative way to bring new life in to some of your empty jar candles you may have lying around. Simply use an adhesive spray on your favorite dried foliage and press to the glass. These would look great in a Thanksgiving centerpiece! For full details click on the link below.


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Paper Bag Turkey

Too cool! When I saw this I knew I had to share. Perfect for the kids table, this paper bag turkey by One Charming Party will be sure to please all the little pilgrims and indians at your Thanksgiving dinner this year. Full directions on how to make this popcorn stuffed bird can be found here.


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I’ve been fond of white pumpkins lately, and I really love the simple way O&DE managed to turn a few objects into a very simple and clean Thanksgiving centerpiece. Using a combination of real and painted pumpkins, the author positioned the set on an old table runner and sat one of the gourds on top of a decorative candle holder. What a good use of stuff you may already have!


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How adorable is this needle felted owl ornament by Scratch Craft? I couldn’t help but be in awe of this particular Etsy seller’s handmade creations, and with Christmas just around the corner I think their ornaments would make an excellent addition to any owl lover’s tree. For more great felted items for sale, be sure to check out their store here.


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October is flying by so I thought I would post a few original crafts before Halloween comes to a close. Today I made these owl treat boxes out of white pillow boxes that I picked up from my local craft store. They were easy to make and required very few supplies, some of which you may already have!

To make these kitschy party favors:

Cut semi-circles or triangles out of card stock paper using shaped scissors, and if need be cut a curve out of the bottom for where the box folds. Lay your pillow box flat and glue down the card stock using craft glue.

Cut the tip off a pine cone and shape the end using straight scissors, then glue onto your owl. Afterwards apply buttons of your choice for the eyes and glue down. Let dry.

Cut a 12 inch strip of felt and at each end snip with scissors to give the appearance of a scarf. Stuff your owl with your favorite treats and tie the scarf around your completed box. Be sure to get creative with the colors to fit whatever holiday you’re celebrating.


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Martha Stewart has excellent tutorials on how to make a few rather unique looking owl and bird masks out of layered crepe-paper. These would make for a wonderful DIY project this Halloween for those that aren’t looking at getting a full costume. For full instructions as well as other bird inspired Halloween masks, check out the site here.


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Country Living has an excellent collection of raven inspired crafts this year including templates for creating your own painted pumpkins, a custom-stamped tablecloth, paper lanterns, and other avian inspired crafts to help spark a new project this Halloween.

To download the templates and see other bird related ideas, click here


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DIY Witch’s Broom Favors

I’m on a witch kick today! I was this close to picking up these favors at the craft store before I realized you could easily make them yourself. With a little research I was able to find that Martha Stewart, the H.W.I.C. (Head Witch In Charge) has instructions online on how to make these wicked party favors.


You will need two lunch-size paper bags for each broomstick. Unfold one bag, and push out its base while folding in the left and right sides. Using scissors, cut the bag into thin strips, stopping short of the base. Cut thin strips into the top inch of the second bag. Open both bags, and place the second bag inside the shredded one; fill with candy. Insert a small branch 1 inch into the bag; cinch the tops of both bags, and secure with black twine.


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We love crafts around here, and my favorite traveling craft show, The Craftmen’s Christmas Classic is coming to town soon and I wanted to share with those that may live in the Virginia or Carolinas area. I was surprised to find that it will be in my neck of the woods in October this year, so I thought I should post as soon as possible for those that would be interested in attending. I love going to this show every year and make it a point to hunt down any owl related merch I can get my hands on. As soon as you walk through the front doors of this glorious expo you will be hit in the face by the sweet smell of cinnamon and overjoyed at the sights and sounds of holiday creations made by local artisans. This show has always signified the start of the Christmas season for me!

For more information including locations, prices, and times- be sure to hit up the link below. They even do Spring & Summer shows!


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Christine at Pure Joy Events has put together a great tutorial to teach you how to make this adorable pink DIY owl costume and matching treat pail. Christine even posted a follow up with images that her readers sent in of their creations, showing off the costume in multiple colors. For full details and to download the templates, be sure to check out each tutorial below.

Tutorial: Pink Owl Costume

Tutorial: Pink Owl Treat Pail


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