It’s a Hoot! Felt Owls from Styrofoam Balls

felt_owlsInspired from Your Best Handmade Creations” on Martha Stewart and Not Just a Mommy, these chubby felt owls are a hoot and easy to make after all the cutting! These felt owls could be made around the colors of your themed party. You could use pastels or gender specific colors for a baby shower. You could also choose specific colors for a birthday or even a holiday such as Valentine’s Day!

Things you need:
2 – 4″ Styrofoam Balls
4 – 25mm Googly Eyes
Felt sheets – colors of your choice
Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
Owl One Template
Owl Two Template

Things to do for Owl One:
1. Flatten your styrofoam ball by gently pressing against a table’s surface. This will be helpful later, to keep the owl from rolling.
2. Print out the Owl One Template. Cut out each piece. Begin by tracing and cutting out your feathers (this is number 3 in the owl one template) from your felt squares. You may want to cut out two different colors of feathers, depending on the owl you may have in mind. Glue the felt feathers onto the styrofoam ball, starting from the bottom and go up. Stagger and glue on the feathers on top of one another until you have almost reached the the top of the styrofoam ball. Since owl two does not have a head covering, cover the entire styrofoam ball with feathers. One color should be used for the front of the owl and the other color should be used as the backside of the owl.
3. To make owl one’s face cut out shapes 1, 2, and 5 from the owl one template in felt of your choice. To make the beak of the owl, cut a feather out of brown felt. Place and glue the small eye piece (#2) onto the larger eye piece (#1). Glue on the googly eyes and brown felt feather nose with a dab of hot glue. Next, glue the cone shape (#5) over the glued felt eye pieces. Be sure that the point of the felt cone is aligned with the middle of the eyes as pictured. Do not round off the corners of the felt cone yet. This will come later.
4. To make the ears of the owl, trace and cut out two triangles (#4) from brown felt. Pinch the two corners of the brown felt triangles and hot glue together. Here comes the tricky part of putting together your owl… you have to glue the felt ears onto the styrofoam body first. You will have to figure out the placement of the owl’s face, then glue on the ears. After you have glued on the ears, hot glue the front of the face onto the styrofoam body. Gently wrap the remaining part of the felt cone shape around the styrofoam ball and round out the corners as needed before gluing.

Things to do for Owl Two:
1. Flatten your styrofoam ball by gently pressing against a table’s surface. This will be helpful later, to keep the owl from rolling.
2. Print out Owl Two Template. Cut out each piece. Begin by tracing and cutting out your feathers (this is number 3 in the owl two template) from your felt squares. You may want to cut out two different colors of feathers, depending on the owl you may have in mind. Glue the felt feathers onto the styrofoam ball, starting from the bottom and go up. Stagger and glue on the feathers on top of one another. Since owl two does not have a head covering, cover the entire styrofoam ball with feathers. One color should be used for the front of the owl and the other color should be used as the backside of the owl.
3. To make the eyes for your owl, cut out two of the large circles (#1) and cut two of the smaller circles (#2) from felt of your choice. Glue the smaller circles on top of the larger circles once you like the placement. Then hot glue the two googly eyes onto the smaller circles. Cut a brown feather (#3) for the beak.
4. To make the ears of the owl, trace and cut out two triangles (#4) from brown felt. Pinch the two corners of the brown felt triangles and hot glue together. Place and glue the ears onto the owl. This will be your guide for the rest of the owl’s face. Place and glue the beak onto the owl. Finally, glue on the eyes with hot glue.

Photo Credits: Your Best Handmade Creations

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40 Comments

  1. Oh my oh my, I love what you do.
    I was having a tough day until I
    saw your owl’s, you can’t help let
    all the yacky stuff of life go
    when you see your crafts.. thanks for the smile today.
    Kathy

  2. Aww Kathy thanks so much for the sweet comment! Im so glad that our crafts could put a smile on your face even when your day hasn’t gone that well. Chin up!! =)

  3. I absolutely LOVE these owls! I was looking for something to do with owls and felt for my sister’s baby nursery, I found these anfd made 5 of them with different colors. I hung them and made them into a mobile to go over the crib-SO CUTE!

    Thanks for this super fun project!
    Annie

  4. Annie, I never even thought of a mobile. How cute is that! I LOVE it! I would love to see a picture to see how they turned out. Thanks for sharing the love!
    ~Jessica

  5. Thank you for posting this. I am the creator of those owls “Your Best Handmade Creations” on Martha Stewart. I learned how to do them when I was in 2nd grade. I hope everyone enjoy crafting them.

  6. These owls are so cute. i just love them. I am having a shower for baby #2 soon. So i had an idea of having the mommy and daddy owl. Big sister owl, with an egg in a nest. i dont have it put togather yet, but cant wait to get it done.

  7. Thanks for posting instructions…just made two as cake toppers for our upcoming wedding vow renewal…they are all kinds of funky fantastic…thanks again!

  8. These are so cute much easier than the ones you have to sew. I made one for my sister. I wish there was a rooster or chicken version of these!

  9. This is so cute! I was thinking of doing the mobile as well and Im wondering how you did yours Annie? Thanks for the crafty idea!

    1. I am completely guessing but I would guess around 40 feathers for each owl if you are making them with the 4 styrofoam balls. It depends on how packed you glue the feathers as well. I hope this helps and happy crafting!

  10. My daughter loves owls so Im always looking for new different types… these are perfect! So easy to make we were even inspired to make flat ones (decorate both sides on cardboard or foam core) with felt in colors to match her room decor for a mobile to hang off a hook in her ceiling. Then everyone wanted one! So we started making the mobiles as gifts still we have more requests! Thanks so much for inspiring a great mother/daughter project!

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