Looking for a fun, fall inspired project? Try creating a paper lantern owl.
What you'll need:
- Paper lantern: You can purchase these at most party stores. I got a pack of six for under nine dollars.
- 3 pieces of coordinating scrapbooking paper (1 of these should be dark), and 1 piece of white copy paper
- Glue Dots
- 2 brads
- Follow the manufacturer's instructions for assembling the lantern and hang it up. Don't worry, it's pretty user friendly, it just snaps together.
- Now for those of you who have circle cutting tools it's time to dust those babies off. Since I don't have anything that fancy I just traced circles from different sized jars I had sitting around my house (a la kindergarten). For the eyes, you'll need two large circles of a patterned paper, two medium circles of white copy paper, and 2 small circles of a dark, solid-colored paper. I got fancy with the white circles and cut the outside into fringe so I could ruffle it up like feathers when assembled.
- When cut, just stack all three circles together and stick a thumbs tack through the center. Once you've poked your pilot hole, insert a coordinating brad to secure it all together. Slap a Glue Dot on the back of each eye and stick to the lantern.
- Cut a small triangle out of the dark paper and fold it down the middle. This is your beak. Just stick a piece of double sided dimensional tape on the back and attach it to the lantern under the eyes.
- Cut the wings out of a patterned paper and attach with Glue Dots. I also made the fringe on the back side of the wings and fluffed up the "feathers."
- Cut the shapes for the feet out of the dark paper and punch a small hole at the top of each foot. Attach with string to the metal hanging hooks that are on the inside of the lantern. To keep the feet facing forward I taped them together on the backside.
- Now for the head feathers: Just fold up a piece of the dark paper accordion style, then fold that in half and stick it into the hole in the top of the lantern.
- Now all you have to do is find the perfect place to hang him. Enjoy!