I have another craft for kids today – an adorable Baby Yarn Owl. Dondi Richardson designed this cutie using eyelash yarn, which gives this little owl instant personality. Try making a Baby Yarn Owl with white yarn, and you’ll have a Snowy Owl, similar to Harry Potter’s owl Hedwig. Here’s another idea – how cute would several of these babies be nestled in a big nest?
To make the Baby Yarn Owl, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 4” ball
- Eyelash yarn, chocolate brown (Dondi used Fun Fur Yarn by Lion Brand)
- Felt: Small scraps of yellow, tan, brown and orange
- Buttons: ½” black
- Sequin pins, two
- Thick, white craft glue
- Tools needed: Scissors; plastic knife*; plastic hair brush
*Note: Use of the plastic knife requires adult supervision.
To make a Baby Yarn Owl:
1. Use the plastic knife to slice off 1/3 of the ball; this flat side will be the front of the owl. Place the ball cut side down and cut a small section from the bottom of the owl. Stand the ball up to be sure it will sit upright and won’t roll.
2. Glue one end of the yarn to the bottom of the ball. Hold the ball with the front facing you. Wrap the yarn around the ball, going in a clockwise direction. As you wrap the ball, randomly overlap at different points so that you don’t create lumps. Continue, till ball is completely covered. Glue other end to the ball.
3. Glue two, 1” tan felt circles to the front of the owl for eyes. Glue two, ¾” yellow felt circles to the tan circles. Glue black buttons to the center of each eye, and insert a silver sequin pin into the bottom hole to add a little sparkle.
4. Glue a small, yellow felt triangle under the eyes for a beak.
5. Cut out two brown felt triangles that measure about 1-1/2” on each side. Fold the triangles in half and glue along one edge to create two cones. Glue the glued edge of the cones to each side of the head as shown for the ears.
6. Cut feet from orange felt and pin and glue to the bottom of the body.
7. Carefully brush the “hair” to untangle the fur. Brush in the same direction as the wraps of yarn to avoid pulling any strands loose.
More crafty fun for kids planned for tomorrow . . .