This cute Owl Mobile is decorative and whimsical and sure to catch the eye of the kids and adults alike. This craft may be better suited for a tween or teen crafter with developed fine motor skills, but younger kids can help an adult with material selection and some of the simpler steps.
Trivia: There are around 200 different owl species.
1/4 yd. small print fabric of each color: Pink, green and green
9″ x 12″ felt of each color: Pink, green and purple
Purple spray color (Design Master® ColorTool®)
Two 3/4″ diameter of each color: pink, purple and yellow
Two 1 1/2″ diameter of each color: green, purple and yellow
Twelve quilting pins with white heads
Approx. 4 yds. clear fishing line (or monofilament thread)
30″ long thin tree branch with small twigs
Fabric & Leather Adhesive (Elmer’s® CraftBond™)
12″ metal ruler
5″ precision tip scissors
Thread to match fabrics
Use ruler and 8″ scissors to cut one fabric to 5 1/2″ x 9 1/2″. With right sides together, fold in half with short sides meeting and use fabric glue to make 1/4″ seam. Repeat with other fabrics.
To shape fabric to cover ball, use needle and thread (double strand) to make running stitch 1/2″ from edge of one 9″ side. Pull thread to gather while folding 1/2″ edge to wrong side of fabric. Pull so that no opening shows in gathered area. Knot several times to hold gathers. Place foam ball all inside. Similarly, run gathering stitches 1/2″ from edge of other end of tube. Similarly pull thread to gather, tuck and knot securely. Repeat to cover other balls.
Referring to photo, stack (with holes aligned) and use fabric adhesive to glue 3/4″ diameter button on each 1 1/4″ diameter button in alternating color combinations. Let dry.
Cut out patterns, template below. Use pins to hold patterns onto felt. Use 5″ scissors to cut one head, two wings and two feet from each felt color. Remove pins. For eyes, use fabric adhesive to glue pairs of buttons to each felt head. Attach head felt to STYROFOAM™ body, pushing quilting pins through button holes. Referring to photo, position and use fabric adhesive to glue desired color combinations of wings and feet to body.
In well-ventilated, newspaper-covered area, spray branch with one or two light coats purple spray color. Let dry. To attach, thread 1 yd. length fishing line on needle and stitch end of line to top of owl. Repeat for other two owls. To hang branch, so that it balances, tie and knot ends of 1 yd. length fishing line to opposite ends of twig. Hang twig and refer to photo to tie owls to tree branch at varying heights. Knot and trim excess fishing line. (Hint: When taking down or moving mobile, place onto towel to prevent fishing line from tangling.)
Patterns, Templates and Printables
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