Saturday, October 9, 2010

Hoot!: Paper lantern owl project

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
  • String
  • Glue Dots
  • 2 brads
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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. 
  5. 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."
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Now all you have to do is find the perfect place to hang him.  Enjoy!
♥ Stacey

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