Today’s I Love to Create post is an ode to the official (well, in my book, anyway) mascot of the crafter: the owl. I’m pretty much obsessed with them and like everything else, the kitschier the better! While thrifting for wall art the other day, Dave and I came across this little plastic, 1970’s number. We thought he might be the perfect candidate to wisely look over our baby-to-be’s room. I tend to not like wildlife decor if it looks at all realistic though, opting instead for whimsical, graphic or cartoon versions. This owl teeters (or make that, tweeters) on the border between the two looks, so we snagged it with the plan to get creative. I gave him a simple, crafty makeover taking this plastic pal from out-of-date to adorable! Here’s how:
Step 1: Pick Your Plastic
Scour flea markets and thrift stores for molded plastic animals. They’re fairly easy to find (in addition to this owl, we came across a lion, puppy and siamese cat all in the same store!), and cost under $20.
Step 2: Prime Time
Cover the entire piece with your primer of choice. This step’s important! Without it, the paint will peel right off.
Step 3: Color Me Happy
Use Tulip’s Soft Fabric Paint (I went with the color “Azalea”, to match the chandelier I painted a few weeks ago) and a sponge brush to give the owl a little color. You’ll need a couple of coats for complete coverage. Let dry.
Step 3: Sticky Situation
Take a small paint brush and add some Glitter Bond to the areas of the piece that you’d like to add a little razzle-dazzle to. In this case, I outlined the feathers on the owl’s chest and wings.
Step 4: Glitterati
Sprinkle Crafty Chica’s Chunky Glitter (I chose the color, “Frida’s Fuchsia”) over the Glitter Bond. Let dry. Shake excess glitter off, using a dry paint brush if necessary.
That’s all there is to it–now you’ve got yourself one, beautiful bird!
If painting’s not your gig (or if like me, you need even more of an owl fix), check out these other crafty treasures that fit the bird bill (or beak, as it were):
The March YarnYAY! Box crochet project is 𝘍𝘭𝘰𝘳𝘦𝘵, a crochet, boomerang shawlette. The shape is more commonly seen in knitted pieces, but I love it because if you want the piece to be larger, you just keep working it in the established pattern.
𝘍𝘭𝘰𝘳𝘦𝘵 is worked with a sweet, as-to-go edging and optional, appliquéd, chain-florets. I designed it to be worn as shown here, scarf-style, but with the option to go full-shawl. You do you!
𝗚𝗲𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗽𝗮𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗻, 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗺𝘆 𝗻𝗲𝘄 𝘀𝗵𝗮𝗱𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝗠𝗼𝗻𝘁𝗼𝘆𝗮 𝗠𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗼 𝗟𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁 — 𝗗𝗲𝘀𝗲𝗿𝘁 𝗝𝗮𝘀𝗽𝗲𝗿 — 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗬𝗮𝗿𝗻𝗬𝗔𝗬! 𝗠𝗮𝗿𝗰𝗵 𝗕𝗼𝘅 (𝘁𝗮𝗽, 𝗴𝗼 𝘁𝗼 𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗸 𝗶𝗻 𝗯𝗶𝗼, 𝗼𝗿 𝘁𝗼 𝗬𝗮𝗿𝗻𝗬𝗔𝗬.𝗰𝗼𝗺)
MODEL FUN FACT:
The gorgeous human modeling this shawlette, Kat Roberts, was the main featured young woman (swipe to see) in the infamous 1992, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dog video “Nothing But a G Thang”. That video didn’t age well, but man, she sure did! 🤩
𝗜𝘁'𝘀 𝗮 𝗦𝘁. 𝗣𝗮𝗱𝗱𝘆'𝘀 𝗗𝗮𝘆, 𝗙𝗹𝗮𝘀𝗵 𝗚𝗶𝘃𝗲𝗮𝘄𝗮𝘆!🍀
The YarnYAY! 𝘔𝘢𝘳𝘤𝘩 𝘉𝘰𝘹'𝘴 featured shade of 𝘔𝘰𝘯𝘵𝘰𝘺𝘢 𝘔𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘰 𝘓𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵 (Desert Jasper), feels right at home with this holiday, so 𝘄𝗲'𝗿𝗲 𝗴𝗶𝘃𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗮𝘄𝗮𝘆 𝗮 𝗯𝗼𝘅 𝘁𝗼 𝗧𝗪𝗢 𝘄𝗶𝗻𝗻𝗲𝗿𝘀! See below for details.
Side note (that likely no one by me will care about): Giving away hanks on St Patrick's Day, of my Montoya Merino yarn feels appropriate as my dad used to always say that my brother and I were Spirish (Spanish + Irish). Thank you for listening.
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