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A 'Woodsy' Owl

We are starting off a week-long heat wave around here, so it will be a quiet week - too hot to tackle any major projects, but let me share this little owl I made for my daughter.
As usual, he started off with me drawing and cutting some patterns:
The overall size is approximately 8" high x 7" wide.  
After cutting and sanding the pieces of pallet wood, I dry-brushed some white paint on them.  When the paint was dry, I rubbed them with walnut stain to give them a weathered look.  
The body was glued together with wood glue and strapped with two pieces of paint stirrers.  They were attached with Liquid Nails.  
I also added hanging hardware.
I painted the feet and then I ran into a problem...
I couldn't decide how to do the eyes.  First, I tried scrapbook paper and didn't like it.  I cut pallet wood in two circles, but that was too thick.  Finally, I found a piece of thin luan and cut the circles with my jigsaw.  I also cut the beak.  The eyes were now the right thickness, but still needed something.  After digging through my button box, I came up with these two black buttons.  
They had shanks (of course) so a small hole was drilled in each of the luan circles to accommodate them.  They were glued in with E6000 and the finished eyes were attached with Liquid Nails, as were the wings, feet, and beak.
TaaaDaaa! The little owl was finally done and ready to be sent to my daughter! I love it when something can be made out of pallet wood and some scraps that are just laying around, don't you?

Thanks for stopping by, and stay cool...there's a heatwave on it's way!

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  1. I love that adorable little owl!!


  2. I love this. I made a big owl made out of paper last year for my door - I wish I knew how to cut wood to make one like this.

    1. Thank you Susan. I'll bet that owl is really cute...cutting with a jigsaw isn't difficult at all. Get yourself some scrap/pallet wood to practice on and you'll be a pro in now time at all! Thanks for stopping by.

  3. Your owl is adorable. I've been wanting to learn how to make a few basic things for my home. Your post inspirational. Thanks for sharing on Sunday's Best.

    1. Thank you so much, Rhonda. I'm happy to inspire!

  4. Ann your owl has so much personality! Thanks for sharing him at Vintage Charm!

  5. Featuring at Two Chicks and a Mom--Snickerdoodle Link party today!

  6. He's just lovely. Your cute woodsy owl is one of the features at this weeks Handmade Monday :-)

  7. This is adorable! Thanks for sharing at the To Grandma's House We Go DIY, Crafts, Recipes and More Wednesday Link Party! Pinned!

    1. Featuring this next week!

    2. Thank you, Sheri - for the feature and the pin!

  8. This is so adorable and would add so much character to any wall especially a child's bedroom .

  9. He's so cute! Love those big eyes. Thanks for sharing with SYC.


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