My friend was redoing her son’s room to a transportation theme. I thought the four truck pictures in Isaac’s room would go perfect in that room so I gave them to her. It left a big, open wall for me to redecorate. Of course I wanted to do something on the cheap so I decided to make my own “owl art.”
Owls are the rage right now. I see them on shirts, pants, purses, and bags. I decided I wanted my owl to be chunky.
I started by scouring my garage for pieces of wood that would work for the project. After I found the one that I thought would work the best for the body I drew an outline of an owl on it. I cut it out with a jigsaw and sanded all the rough edges with my palm sander.
Then using some shapes I made I traced those out onto some old paneling I had and cut those with the jigsaw. I sanded the edges smooth and laid them down to see how they looked. After giving the pieces a coat of primer I painted all the edges a chocolate brown since that was the only part you would see.
Next I gathered up a bunch of scrapbook papers that coordinated well with Isaac’s bedding and started a Mod Podge party. I used a sanding block on the edges and then I used some watered down stain to give it some aging.
For the owl face I ripped up some scrapbook paper, stained the papers edge and slathered them with some Mod Podge and glued them in place. Then I freehand cut a scalloped edge for the owl’s belly and layered them one on top of the other gluing them down with Mod Podge.
For the owl’s eyes I cut out two different sized circles and glued one on top of the other. I used Shimmer Mod Podge for the eyes to give it more sparkle. Then I used Glow in the Dark Mod Podge for the nose. DID YOU KNOW THERE ARE THAT MANY MOD PODGE FLAVORS?!?! Rock my world Miss Mod Podge Rocks! Later I added googlie eyes because he didn’t look complete. After I had all the pieces in place I sealed the whole thing with some Matte Mod Podge and used a feather stroke with my foam brush to give it a little texture.
Then using some strawish wrapped wire I got at Michael’s a while ago I made some owl talons. After later research I realized owls have four toes…but roll with it people…it is a kid’s room. I may change it later if it drives me crazy.
Using an electric drill I made two holes in the bottom and using Gorilla Glue stuck the wire in place and let it dry for an hour. I touched up the sides of all the pieces with my paint and then used my Gorilla Wood Glue to glue the wings, eyes, and nose in place.I added saw tooth hangers on the back and we were in business.