Hang loose with this owl.
ARRANGE the bowls of plastic soup spoons, yoghurt pot bases and a handful of pieces cut from egg cartons to form this little owl. It will hold your keys, remote control or a few bangles and necklaces, too. It can be your kitchen companion, for keeping rubber bands or raffia string loops in place.
From mounting board, disposable plastic soup spoons, translucent plastic egg carton cups, plastic yoghurt pot and milk tin foil You need: Half of an A4 mounting board 4 disposable plastic soup spoons 4 plastic egg carton cups 2 yoghurt pots Milk tin foil Stiff wires Pencil and ruler Thick markers – black, blue and yellow Scissors and cutter Piercing tool Pliers Acrylic paints – brown, yellow and green Brushes UHU glue Making the key holder
1. Cut off the handles of all the disposable soup spoons and trim the sides to taper gradually at the top.
2. Use the black marker to draw feather patterns on the back of two spoon bowls. Use the blue marker to draw another line following the black outline. Colour the insides of pattern with yellow marker. These are the wings of the owl.
3. Outline the flat base at the back of the other two spoon bowls with black marker. Follow the diagram to draw an “eye” pattern in the middle. Add yellow to the pattern. These are the “eyebrows” of the owl.
4. Turn the spoon bowls over. Put some glue around the sides near the rim of the spoons and press some cotton onto them.
5. Cut off the base of the two yoghurt pots. Trim to within 0.5cm of the raised circles in the middle. Draw a black circle on the raised circles as pupils for the eyes of the owl.
Draw short lines on the border, alternating between black and yellow markers.
6. From the milk tin foil, cut out a diamond shape, about 2cm long for the beak. Cut two pieces of 1.5cm squares. Follow the diagram to trim them into toes for the owl.
7. Cut out the sides of the egg carton cups. Cut out about 20 pieces. Trim each piece to 2.5cm and round the edges on the top end.
Use the black marker to outline the edges of the pieces. Draw another line following the outline on the inside, with blue marker. These are the feathers of the owl.
8. On the half A4 mounting board, draw a line, 5cm from the bottom edge, for the log.
Follow the diagram to draw the outline of an owl, using a spoon bowl as a template for the “eyebrows” and wings, and a yoghurt pot base for the eyes. Then draw the curve at the bottom of the wings for the body.
9. Draw a curve above the eyebrows. Cut out the owl. Outline the shape and the parts with black marker.
Paint the log brown, dry-brushing to give it a streaky texture.
10. Pierce a hole at the top in between the eyebrows. Pass a short length of wire through it and twist the ends together at the back to form a small loop for hanging. Colour that small area with black marker and do the same for the bit of head above the eyes, or add small dots instead.
11. Spread glue onto the cotton and rim of the spoons. Position and glue them onto the board for the eyebrows and wings. Next, glue the yoghurt bases into place for the eyes.
12. Glue the tin foil beak and feet in place.
13. For the body, work from the bottom up. Arrange and glue a row of egg carton feathers on to the bottom of the body of the owl. Place and glue another row of feathers above the first row, overlapping them a little. Glue another two rows of feathers to complete the body. You may have to trim the edges of the last row of feathers to adjust them to fit below the eyes. into “S-shapes” to hook them into the holes. Close up the ends of the wires at the back of the log. Hang your keys on the hooks.