September has officially arrived!! It still feels like summer at the moment but autumn is officially just around the corner. Which both upsets and excites me all at the same time. I’m definitely going to miss the warm weather and spending time in the garden, but at the same time I’m so ready to mix up some of our decor and get creative with some cute autumn craft projects. And this owl DIY wooden tray was the perfect starting point. It’s super-simple and great fun to do.
Here’s what you need to create your own owl
I actually looked for a large wood slice but the ones I found online were just a bit too expensive for what I wanted so was hunting for an alternative when I came across these:
I got these trays (for some reason they call them plates) from The Range – they were £8.99 for two and you can find them here. They are just perfect for this project.
Next you will need:
- Wood slices – I used 2 slices of 7-8 cm from Craftmill here
- Two Mason jar lids (you just need the silver inside of the lid)
- Two bottle tops
- A small teaspoon
- Two small forks (optional) or plastic forks
- A dremel (optional but not strictly necessary!!), or something to cut down the small forks
- A small branch/twig from the garden or your local park (you can’t get more budget than that!)
- Hot glue
- Some feathers (optional but super-cute!). I bought mine AAGES ago and can’t find them online, but these natural looking ones from Amazon look amazing and would go perfect with this project!!
Here’s how to put your owl together
Start with positioning some of your items before gluing them down. The spoon is going to be the nose so it needs to go in the middle. Make sure it’s positioned low enough to stick out slightly from the eyes at the bottom (see pic 2)
The two wood slices are going to be positioned on either side of the spoon. They’re going to be the first layer of the owl’s wise googly eyes. The wood slices I used have a small hole where the string was but that’s OK, just make sure the hole is pointed inwards towards the spoon when you glue them down. You’ll be gluing the mason jar lid over the top of it as the second layer so you won’t notice it!
Once you’re happy with the position of them, glue down the spoon in the centre. Cut the piece of string from the wood slice and stick these down on either side of the spoon.
Next, pop out the inside of the mason jar lid from the ring. You won’t need the ring as we’ll just be using the shiny inside lid covers. Glue this slightly towards the inside of the eye so it looks something like picture 3. The last step for the eyes is to glue the bottle top on the lid. Repeat the process for both eyes.
Adding some cute little feet
Whoop!! You’re pretty much half way now!! For the feet of the owl I used some old dessert forks that I cut in half with a dremel. For some reason I had accumulated loads of dessert forks over the last few years – who knows why??! Now, I totally understand that not everyone will have a dremel to hand. Or a load of forks that they want to cut up for that matter! So, you can use some plastic forks instead and just spray paint them silver. Or get the silver ones like these ones here.
This photo is just to show you what the forks ended up looking like after I chopped them .. I actually ended up grabbing a twig from the garden to add a bit of detail and glued that underneath his little fork-feet 🙂 – Because I made this project on a Facebook Live I don’t have any photos of gluing the little feet, but you can see the video below if you want to follow along! You’ll see that I also ended up gluing some buttons in the eyes and adding some colourful feathers for good measure!
And this is the end result once this cutie found his place hanging on our kitchen wall. I actually LOVE how this owl has turned out and it was the perfect project to kick-start my projects and add some autumn fun to our kitchen. Let me know what you think?
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