Welcome fall and add a little whimsy to your pumpkin patch with No-Carve Pumpkin Owls.
A hoot to make using foraged materials!
My harvest of pumpkins around the Potting Shed still have several weeks of life left
and I’m squeezing out all the enjoyment from them that I can through Thanksgiving
as fall is my favorite season!
I planned to share these no-carve pumpkin owls before Owl-oween
but October flew by way too quickly!
My inspiration came from Better Homes & Gardens.
You can find their pumpkin owls with features crafted from sunflower seeds,
feathers and nuts, here.
These owl pumpkins were a hoot to make, foraging for natural materials
including pine cones, hickory nut hulls, acorn caps, maiden grass,
magnolia pods, and even pistachio shells!
Use a hot glue gun to attach your materials or the craft glue of your choice that dries clear.
The benefit of using hot glue is that it dries quickly, just make sure you keep a glass
of ice water handy to prevent burns on your fingers.
I used a hack saw to cut magnolia pods for a set of ears.
What a challenge. . .Whooooo knew magnolia pods were so hard?
The rest of the features were easy and fun to assemble. . .
I used wire cutters to snip off the pine cone scales for the eyes and feather details.
Our maiden grass is blooming so I cut some plumes
to glue on the pumpkin owls for feathery details.
The plumes open up after it’s cut for fuzzy feathers and brows!
Give the grass a spritz of hairspray to keep the fuzz from flying away.
Pistachio shells and hickory nut hulls were glued on twigs
and placed beneath the pumpkins for owl talons.
This is a fun project to give your pumpkin a life beyond the jack–o’–lantern!
I used white pumpkins but you can use orange or faux pumpkins to make a “parliament” of owls.
You can find them at a whimsical table, HERE.
Fall has been slow to arrive in North Carolina and I want to savor every minute
before the madness and mayhem of the Christmas and holiday season begins.
If you’re ready to trade in the pumpkins and mums for boughs of holly and jingle bells,
you can use this same technique to create DIY Owl Ornaments.
You can see them on my Winter Nesting Tree, HERE.