Party Owls

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My eldest son is the only one in our household who chooses to support a local team rather than a London based one as the rest of us do. In Sheffield there are two teams that divide the city – Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United. His choice is Sheffield Wednesday who are on the opposite side of the city to us, and known as The Owls. Their fortunes are not so hot at the moment and last week they sacked their manager. I doubt very much that The Owls feel like celebrating, unlike these party guys:

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The idea for these came after I had made my circus themed decorations. Originally I was going to attach a hanging loop, but in the end decided to use pegs so that they could perch on the branches of the Christmas tree or anywhere else you might choose to put them.

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The fabulous owl images are from The Graphics Fairy – there is a fantastic selection to choose from. I printed them out on to card and cut them out. To size the hats, I sketched them out on plain paper, using the individual heads as a guide. Once happy with the designs, I cut them out from glitter paper and glued them to the owls heads.P1060623

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I glued the peg to the back and then decorated each owl’s hat and added glitter to the bodies. Each owl seems to have a different personality!

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I love how these turned out. I think I might do a Halloween version when it comes around again. My top tip for making these – do not stand on them whilst the glue is still wet!

Thanks for buzzing by.

 


Comments

Party Owls — 22 Comments

  1. Oh great! I have already printed out some owl as my daughter has a thing about them at the moment so this is a great idea and they can come out every year to hang on the tree. I’ll have to buy some glitter and I can’r stand the feel of the stuff. I made her a framed picture last year. I went a walk down the local Tibshelf Five Pits Trail in Tibshelf, Derbyshire , where we live and took lots of photos of the trees and blue skies. I crocheted two owls from a CAROcreated design ( i think I got the pattern on Folksy or Etsy ) , printed off the photo with the best branches and glued the birds to the branches., and then framed it. My other daughter liked it that much I had to make her one.P.S. Hope there not too much glitter in your toes.

    • Your project sounds incredible – would love to see it. We must live pretty close as I am in the South of Sheffield and Tibshelf, as you will know, is the last services before we leave the M1 at Jct 29 (it’s quicker than going to Jct 33). I haven’t heard of the Five Pits Trail so I shall look it up. I would love to be able to crochet but, along with knitting, I don’t possess the skill. I did get very glittery!!!!

    • Brilliant Anne – after I had made them I thought you could make smaller ones an use them as place settings! Let me know how it goes 🙂

  2. Love the owls with their party hats and glittered feathers! I’m just not understanding the pegs. Are dowels attached at a 90 degree angle to the back (how?) or sideways with tape? Please explain as my gym partner’s daughter is enamored with owls this season and it would be fun to recreate your ‘branch-party owls’ for her.

    • Thank you and I am so glad you like them. I have used small clothespins (pegs) and simply used glue gel to apply them to the back of each owl. I made sure the bit of the pin/peg that opens was at the bottom edge of each owl. I hope that helps, but if not then please let me know and I will try and take a photograph for you so you can see (I meant to do this for the post but the light wasn’t great when I did it).

      • Thank you so much, MrsBeez! As it turns out I already have a package of mini clothespins (I’ve never heard them called ‘pegs’ before – I’m from the West Coast!) so your description is perfectly clear and now I’m good to go! Since I’ve been snowed in for 4 days (within the city limits, too!) maybe I’ll be making the owls today!

        • Great news – I think pegs is probably a British term and I forgot to translate! Being snowed in and making owls sounds very cosy, although if you’ve been stuck for 4 days you may be going a little stir crazy. Keep safe and warm x

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