I’m a little wary of who I share my love of owls with. When my family learned that my grandfather has an affinity for lighthouses, he was soon overrun with gifts of just about every lighthouse figurine, lighthouse Christmas ornament and lighthouse book out there. Then there was my memorable fourth grade teacher, who’s classroom was so full of hippos that students called her “The Hippo Lady”. She resorted to letting every student take home a hippo item when they left for summer break just to clear out her always growing hippo population. All this because students learned that she liked hippos.
I’ve had an appreciation for owls since childhood. My mom had an owl shaped candleholder that I loved. While I don’t want my house to be overrun by them, a few cute owls here and there are great. Though Baby G’s room doesn’t really have a theme, besides having a shabby chic feel, you can easily spot some owls. And she has some adorable owl clothes given to us by friends.
It was while looking at an adorable owl print on one of Baby G’s outfits that I thought “It couldn’t be too hard to make my own owl drawing”. I started to think of all the ways I could customize it to make it my own. I sketched a simple traceable owl template on a piece of cardstock and used it to create an owl. At a craft night with a group of friends, I showed everyone my sample, gave them the traceable owl template and the materials listed below, and we all started creating. It was amazing how unique everyone’s owl creation was! (Scroll down to see everyone’s finished artwork!)
The best thing about this project, other than how easy it is, is that there are so many possibilities! You can use the printable templates below as a coloring page (maybe even a Bohemian style coloring project), or use the traceable template and fill in details on the owl with paint, glitter, magazine clippings or scrapbook paper. You can even use it as a guide to do a freehand owl drawing.
Easy Owl Art Materials:
- magazines or printed scrapbook paper
- 1 piece card stock
- glue or glue stick
- pencil or marker for tracing
- Optional: crayons, markers, paint
- Free Printable Owl Template. Choose One: Owl Coloring Page, Traceable Owl Outline, Owl Template with Detail
Directions for Traceable Owl Outline:
- Print on card stock.
- Trace onto paper of choice and cut out pieces. (I traced the wing and eyes onto magazine print and the body onto card stock. For a cheaper option, you could trace each piece onto a magazine page, or onto white paper/card stock).
- Glue together.
- Add embellishments like a branch and moon, or attach to another piece of card stock or magazine pieces.
Don’t forget to grab the free printable templates here: