DIY Owl Ornaments: A Hoot to Make!

These owl ornaments are a fun little craft project for a cold, winter day and a hoot to make! Pine cones, acorn caps and other foraged materials add woodland details and some affordable natural charm.

DIY Owl Ornaments: A Hoot to Make! | © #owl #ornaments #DIY #winter #Christmas

Sunday was cold and rainy, perfect weather to stay indoors and do some winter nesting!

We’re enjoying the glow and twinkle of the lights from our Winter Nesting Tree, a cheery solution to brighten the house during the cold, gray months of January and February. Our winter tree is decorated with snowflakes, icy branches, glittery nests, pine cones and bird ornaments, you can see it HERE.

 I decided try my hand at making some ornaments to add to my ‘parliament’ of owls to hang on the tree. I had plans to make these before Christmas to share, but there’s never enough time during the *owlidays*!

These owls were a hoot to make and fun little rainy or snowy day project!

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I started with some sweater ornaments I found on clearance after Christmas. My ornaments were 4 inches and 2.75 inches. If you don’t have a ready-made ornament to decorate, you can fashion one from a Styrofoam ball, covering it in a sock or upcycling a sweater from the thrift store.

I used the same method and materials as with my No-Carve Pumpkin Owls. . .using natural materials to add some woodland details with pine cones, acorn caps, hickory nut hulls, and some maiden grass with its feathery plumes. I gave the grass a spritz of hairspray to keep the fuzz from flying away.

I used a pair of pliers to snip off the pine cone scales for the eyes.

Tips cut off the end of the pine cones were glued on to twigs as owl talons and give the owl a place to roost.

Use a hot glue gun to attach your materials.

Tip: It’s always wise 🦉 to keep a glass of ice water handy when you use your glue gun so you can peel any hot glue off your fingers immediately to prevent burns.

Tip: I find it easier to assemble the eyes and glue them together on a silicone hot glue gun mat. When cool, you can peel it off the mat and glue it already assembled onto the ornament. A hickory nut hull provides a beak for the larger size ornament. Grass plumes were glued on next for a feathery brow. If you don’t have any grasses to use, skip them and just use craft feathers.

No birds were harmed in the making of these owl ornaments ;). . . I found ‘fancy’ craft feathers at Hobby Lobby and added them to the owl for brows and wings. The package says ‘domestic goose’ feathers.

Since most of my bird ornaments on the tree have some sparkle, I decide to add some glitter, painting on a little Mod Podge first on the areas I wanted it to adhere, and then sprinkling on crystal glitter.

Allow the Mod Podge to dry and then shake off the excess glitter. I lined a sheet pan with wax paper to make it easy to pour the excess glitter back into the container to reuse it.

I used Mod Podge since that is what I had, but you could use any white craft glue that dries clear to add some glittery details if desired.

A pistachio shell provides a beak for a smaller owl.

Here is my new happy owl trio and family. . .

I tucked them a bowl with some greenery and pine cones to photograph them, but they’ll fly back to the tree to roost and join their owl friends.

You’ll can also see them nesting in a winter wreath and find

An Easy Finger Knitting Project + DIY Winter Wreath, HERE.

Finger Knitted Winter Wreath with Owls | © #winter #wreath #owls #fingerknitting #DIY

I hope you’re staying warm and cozy in your nest. ♥

DIY Owl Ornaments: A Hoot to Make! | © #owl #ornaments #DIY #winter #Christmas

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  38 comments for “DIY Owl Ornaments: A Hoot to Make!

  1. Rita C.
    January 15, 2019 at 7:32 am

    “Owl” cute are those??!!
    I know a great source for domestic goose feathers that would keep HL in supply for a long, long time…..just sayin’. ;)

  2. January 15, 2019 at 7:35 am

    Mary, the owls are so adorable and what a fun craft project. Today looks like another cloudy and rainy day. Stay warm and Happy Tuesday

  3. Vicky
    January 15, 2019 at 7:35 am

    The owls are just too cute. What a fun project to get involved involved in during these dull winter months!

  4. January 15, 2019 at 7:42 am

    Mary, Your owl family is too cute!! Thanks for the wonderful tutorial, I’m going to gather some supplies to make some, a perfect winter project!

  5. January 15, 2019 at 8:01 am

    So creative and clever Mary! I have a friend that is crazy over owls, I’m forwarding your post to her.

  6. January 15, 2019 at 8:09 am

    Oh my goodness Mary…your owls are beautiful…looks like they are dressed and ready to go to the grand Ball of Owls! Thank you for putting a smile on our faces today with your beautiful creativity. You are the best! Another dreary day today…and looks like we are going to have another round of rain….Have a wonderful day Mary!

  7. January 15, 2019 at 8:12 am

    Your owls are adorable!!! Such a wonderful winter project.

  8. Donna
    January 15, 2019 at 8:39 am

    Really cool. . . .I did google owl ornaments after seeing your cool Jan tree & saw the possibilities. However, your step by step plans make it seem possible for those of us that need very clear and direct plans. I have never seen pre-made sweater ornaments. Like the natural look.

  9. Robyn
    January 15, 2019 at 9:06 am

    These are so cute!

  10. Cheryl
    January 15, 2019 at 9:23 am

    Adorable!! They look fun to make. I’m heading out to see if I can find some grasses to use for my owls.

  11. January 15, 2019 at 9:27 am

    Oh My…I see another fun project for me and Cissy, Mary!!! Thanks for sharing your tutorial with us. You’re the best! xx

  12. January 15, 2019 at 9:40 am

    Pinning this wonderful owl on my Harry Potter crafts board. Every year at Harry Potter camp, the campers make a new Hedwig in arts and crafts. This natural owl is perfect since we can “forage” for materials in the woods of the Sangre de Christo mountains outside of Santa Fe.

  13. January 15, 2019 at 9:58 am

    Too cute for words!! Really Mary, the only thing in your house cuter than these owls are Lola and Gracie!! Love the glitter, great tips and tutorial! Stay cozy!

  14. Patricia
    January 15, 2019 at 10:09 am

    What a hoot! Love this

  15. Cristy Bennett
    January 15, 2019 at 10:50 am

    Oh My…these are too cute and clever!! I love them!

  16. January 15, 2019 at 11:39 am

    Mary, these are so clever! You know I have a fondness for owls. There are many on our tree, though we don’t have a specific tree just for the owls. Last year one of my friends gave me an unusual glass ornament that is a flat disk made to took like an owl, feathers and all. It’s an interesting piece and looks great tucked in the tree. Enjoy your winter wonderland tree.

  17. January 15, 2019 at 11:52 am

    Oh my goodness – these are adorable. Thanks Mary for sharing this owl ornaments.

  18. January 15, 2019 at 12:41 pm

    Oh my, they are so adorable!! ❤️❤️

  19. Cyndi Raines
    January 15, 2019 at 12:45 pm

    How cute are they! You did a terrific job Mary and I love their glitz! They will look awesome in your tree.

  20. Sandy Ferreira 63
    January 15, 2019 at 12:54 pm

    Hi Mary, I just want to say thank you for your wonderful talent & creativity everything you do is beautifule, fun & enjoyable. Sandy Ferreira 1/15/2019 @ 9: 55 am

  21. January 15, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    I can see where these would each begin to take on a personality—and soon they would be a hooting chorus of whom was the most hooting gorgeous! Ha, loved these guys!

  22. Gracie
    January 15, 2019 at 2:46 pm

    Thanks Mary. These owls are so cute. Perfect timing too…They will be fun to make during the next snowstorm predicted for this coming Saturday! Gives me time to get materials together.

  23. January 15, 2019 at 2:49 pm

    OMG!!! Those are just the sweetest things!! I LOVE time!! Will have to try my hand at making some for myself!! Pinned!! Thanks so much for sharing!!

  24. January 15, 2019 at 6:57 pm

    What a cute craft…and looks easy too..I have a couple of questions…what is a glue mat and where do I get one? I have never seen one..I know you probably have answered my second question but I can’t remember…where did you get your Christmas tree..from what I is very realistic and is it prelit and if so, are the lights plugged into one plug or are there plugs on the pole for the lights?? Thank you..if too much to answer here, email me..AGAIN, THANK YOU!! ❤️

  25. January 16, 2019 at 5:34 am

    Ha, ha, your owls turned out great Mary! Very cute:@)

  26. January 16, 2019 at 6:01 am

    I have an owl,tree for Christmas as we have owls in our backyard!

    Your owls are quite special as they are beautiful, creative and YOUR VERY OWN!


  27. Terry Wallace
    January 16, 2019 at 9:22 am

    Oh my goodness!!!!! These are so cute you want to name them. So creative…love owls..

  28. Betty Dotson
    January 19, 2019 at 8:01 pm

    My owl addiction is “owl” your fault! I really need to add owl napkin rings to my collection! Your owl tablescape in your shed made my heart go pitter- patter for all things owl! I couldn’t find a santa with an owl like yours anywhere! I finally found one with an owl, squirrel & fox. Happy ME!!! Thank you so much for all you do to brighten my day. Best Blog EVER!

  29. Larisa
    January 28, 2020 at 3:00 pm

    Mary, where did you buy the white sweater knit ornament? This is so cool! I’d love to try to do it with my mom who has dementia…that will put a smile on her face…

    • January 28, 2020 at 3:07 pm

      Hi Larisa, I found the sweater ornaments on clearance after Christmas last year. You can fashion one from a Styrofoam ball, covering it in fabric or upcycling a sweater from the thrift store if you can’t find some ready made. ♥

  30. Liz.
    December 3, 2020 at 6:10 pm

    Love these little owls, plan to make them for my ornament exchange. Thank you.

  31. Betsy
    December 13, 2020 at 1:22 pm

    Hi Mary,

    Congratulations on your well-earned publication! To those who follow you, this comes as no surprise. However, it must be a misprint that your ‘children’ were excluded from the photo shoot. All is well since they are shown here in the cutest headbands patiently waiting for Santa Paws.

    The lake is almost surreal in the photo, capturing the stillness of the morning. Such lovely skies, thank you for sharing!

    • December 13, 2020 at 6:25 pm

      Thank you so much Betsy! Merry December to you! ♥

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