Bag Owl

No need to spend a fortune on frightening decorations for Halloween. Grab the kids to help create autumn crafts that can take you through Halloween and Thanksgiving. These adorable owls, produced by mom and writer Stacia Jesner, are a wise idea: We made this family of four in no time, for less than $5. Just prepare a model version in advance so your children have a guide, then walk them through each of the steps. When you're done, set them out on a table or in a window. They're a surefire hoot!

You'll need:

 

  • 4 small brown lunch bags
  • 8 white loose-leaf enforcements
  • Newspaper
  • Orange construction paper
  • Black construction paper
  • 1 sheet brown art paper

For body: Open bags and stuff with newspaper about halfway. Fold down top of bag into a triangle (as you would fold wrapping paper on a gift) to form the base of the beak. Glue in place. Cut a triangle from orange paper and glue it to cover beak part of bag. Add reinforcements (eyes) directly above beak. Cut two bird feet out of black paper and glue them onto bottom of bag.

For wings: Cut brown paper into two parts. Fold one of the pieces in half, as you would to form a greeting card. Hold paper vertically and cut a wing-shaped curve along the unfolded long edge and top. Cut scallops along bottom. Open paper and cut along fold to separate wings. Make a 1/4-inch fold on each straight side. Glue wings along the folded edge to side of owl body.

For ears: Cut two one-inch squares from second brown sheet. Fold in half diagonally, to form triangles. Unfold partway. Glue ears to each side of owl's head with fold facing forward and one triangle pointing upward.

 

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