DIY Paper Owl Tutorial

Hey Everyone! Today I am sharing the last DIY taxidermy stuffed animal from June’s Room: a DIY Paper Owl Tutorial!

DIY Paper Owl Tutorial

I really wanted to do a bird for June’s animal room, and my husband came up with the brilliant idea of an owl! June loves her owl & points up at it every night, saying, “Owl mommy!” I was worried that it might be too scary for a two year old to have above her bed, but apparently not for her! Haha!

DIY Paper Owl Tutorial

I am not doing a pattern for this guy, because I totally “WINGED IT” (haha!), so this will just be a good old fashioned tutorial post.First, hot glue gun two “twinkie” shaped body pieces together, leaving a small opening for adding poly fill. Stuff it and glue the opening together.

DIY Paper Owl Tutorial

Next, cut rows and rows… and rows of scalloped paper strips. These will be our feathers.

DIY Paper Owl Tutorial

Add the scalloped paper strips to the body layer by layer, gluing as you go.

DIY Paper Owl Tutorial

Spray paint a light coat of white. You want the brown paper to still show through. So light spurts of paint work best.

DIY Paper Owl Tutorial

Cut the tail out. For a symmetrical pattern, fold over in the middle and cut together. I did two layers for the tail feathers.

DIY Paper Owl Tutorial

Make sure to protect your tail feathers from curious puppies…

DIY Paper Owl Tutorial

Attach the two tail feathers together by gluing together the centers, as illustrated above.

DIY Paper Owl Tutorial

Stuff your tail.

DIY Paper Owl Tutorial

Attach to the oval body, and add more scalloped strips to blend it in with the rest of the body.

DIY Paper Owl Tutorial

For the frame of the wings, I made “bones” out of pipe cleaners, sticks (really old paint brushes, lol!) and clothespins.

DIY Paper Owl Tutorial

I mimicked actual owl wings and cut out four identical wings.

DIY Paper Owl Tutorial

Next, add the “bones” to the wings.

DIY Paper Owl Tutorial

Glue together the “bones” and the paper wings.

DIY Paper Owl Tutorial

Add some fluff in between the two wings & glue them together.

DIY Paper Owl Tutorial

To give the appearance of feathers, cut slits on the wings & stagger the feather layers.

DIY Paper Owl Tutorial

Attach to the back with glue and incorporate it with the body by adding some ruffled scalloped feather strips.

DIY Paper Owl Tutorial

Now for the face!

DIY Paper Owl Tutorial

Glue a rounded heart shaped fabric onto the owl’s body.

DIY Paper Owl Tutorial

Press your fingers into give the eyes an indent.

DIY Paper Owl Tutorial

Glue eyes and a paper beak onto the face. You can add white paint dots to make the eyes seem more real.

DIY Paper Owl Tutorial

Go over the body with light spurts of gold spray paint, and draw on some textured details with a pencil. I snipped the edges and bent in the feathers in to make them look more realistic.

DIY Paper Owl Tutorial

Dry brush the feathers with some white paint for even more realism.

DIY Paper Owl Tutorial

Lastly, add some paper feet to the body.

DIY Paper Owl Tutorial

And your Paper Owl is done! We just ties some twine around his wings and hung him up with a tack on the ceiling.

DIY Paper Owl Tutorial

If you can’t already tell, I had a BLAST designing and making everything in this room. And now I am brainstorming for Baby Boy’s room, which I will hopefully start on when we move into our new house late December.

DIY Paper Owl Tutorial

I can’t say how much I love this little guy! This DIY Paper Owl was the perfect last touch to this room.

Have a wonderful Christmas Season Everyone!

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  1. Anonymous

    December 3rd, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    Wow! Love it!
    ~Angela

  2. Cathy

    December 3rd, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    This looks like the kind of thing I would attempt and end up on one of those Pinterest Fail compilations! It looks amazing, you are truly creative and talented. It's amazing how good it looks for just being paper, paint, and a bit of fabric!

  3. Dania

    December 3rd, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    great owl!!! wow!

  4. Hayleigh Walker

    January 12th, 2015 at 7:16 pm

    This is adorable! I cant wait to make one of these in the future!

    Hayleigh Daily

  5. Hannah @ We Lived Happily Ever After

    January 16th, 2015 at 7:06 pm

    Send me a photo if you do! 🙂

  6. Anonymous

    January 18th, 2015 at 12:37 am

    Um, sorry for asking, but do you know what kind of paper that is that you used? I would love to know, to make one!

  7. Hannah @ We Lived Happily Ever After

    February 4th, 2015 at 5:30 pm

    I just used brown craft paper (the type you put down when you paint floors- you can find it in the paint section at walmart)

    Hope that helps! 🙂

  8. elhadadepapel.com

    June 29th, 2015 at 8:00 pm

    awesome!! Thanks for the good explication!

  9. Sienna

    November 16th, 2018 at 6:44 am

    This is amazing! WHat did you use for the eyes?

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