Friday, September 16, 2016

owl papercrafts for fall

In addition to juicy apples and plump pumpkins, owls are a great way to amp up your fall craft projects. There's something so appealing about those big eyes and beautifully textured feathers. Today I'm sharing two ideas for owl papercrafts that are perfect for fall gift giving!


Owl Gift Bag


If you need an idea for a cute and easy teacher gift, try filling this fun gift bag with some yummy treats. Your child’s teacher will love receiving not only the gift inside, but the packaging will make her (or him) smile!

We R Owl Gift Bag by Aly Dosdall
To create this bag first cut two 2″ circles (from white or ivory solid cardstock) and two 2 1/2″ circles using the Magnetic Circle Cutter. Then cut an oval shape (about 3″x4″) and a diamond shape for the beak.

paper pieces
Next, make a gift bag using the Gift Bag Punch Board. I cut my paper to 10″ high and 12″ long and used the large measurements on the punch board.

gift bag
Don’t punch the holes in the top with the reverse punch so you can fold the top down to make the owl’s head. Score and fold the top of the gift bag at about 2 1/2″. Find the center of the top edge and cut from there to the corners of the fold to create a “v” shape as shown. Fill your bag with goodies or a present for your child’s teacher and then secure the folded top so it stays down either with a staple or repositionable adhesive so the teacher can open it.

We R Owl Gift Bag by Aly Dosdall_close
Piece together the eyes, belly, and beak as shown and add them to the front of the bag. Add black Enamel Dots or brads for eye centers, and a sentiment at the bottom.

Owl Pillow Boxes

When I think of fall images of beautifully colored leaves are what first come to mind, but another fun fall icon that I love is owls. They’re darling on fall projects of all kinds. I was inspired by this festive critter to create some owl pillow boxes for fall. Take a peek!

Owl Pillow Boxes by Aly Dosdall
I used my Pillow Box Punch Board to create the box, trimming my Notable kraft paper to 6×6 inches before punching it out. Then, to create the owl’s belly I cut a 2 1/2 x 4 3/4 inch piece of orange polka Notable paper and scored the bottom along the curve score line on the punch board.

owl pillow boxes_score belly
owl pillow boxes_cut wings
Next I cut along the curved score line so that the bottom of the owl’s belly fit the shape of the bottom of the pillow box. I cut some shallow curves out of each side of the belly to form the owl’s wings and then adhered it to the box. To create some feathers for the owl’s belly I punched out several notch shapes with my Thumb Notch Punch and layered them over the orange belly.

owl pillow boxes_punch feathers
Owl Pillow Boxes by Aly Dosdall_close 1
To create the eyes I punched out two circles (1 1/2 & 1 1/4 inches), and added some orange enamel dots in the centers. The beak is a triangle cut from the triangle kraft Notable paper.

Owl Pillow Boxes by Aly Dosdall_close 2
Designer tip: when working with folded and/or curved paper like this project I always use my glue gun to adhere the paper securely.

These treat boxes would make a great fall party favor, back-to-school gift, or neighbor gift. Of course I filled them with another one of my favorite things about fall–candy corn!!

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