Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Collage Owls

After gathering a lot of inspiration for owl crafts, I combined bits of all the ideas and came up with an owl craft of my own. I had a pile of old magazines that needed to head to the recycling bin, and they became the inspiration behind our magazine collage owls. Before we recycled the magazines, the girls and I spent an evening around the dining room table cutting out scrap pieces from the pages. We talked about owls and what colors they were, so decided to look for brown, black, white, and grey in the magazines. It didn't take long for use to have quite a big pile of  paper. Once we had our magazine scraps, it was time to craft.

Supplies Needed:
Old magazines
Brown construction paper
Black construction paper
Yellow and white paper scraps

To prepare the project, I drew a large oval on the brown construction paper for the body of the owl. I then took the glue and thinned it out a bit with the water to make it easier to spread. I used a ratio of about 3 parts glue to 1 part water.

The girls started painting on the glue and covering every bit of the oval with magazine pieces. They used a lot of glue!

Finally, after a bit of encouragement on my part to actually stick the magazine pieces on the paper instead of playing with the glue, we had completed collages.

Drying time took awhile, since we had used so much glue. In the end, the collages turned out well and all the glue dried clear. Once the collages were dry, I took out my scissors and cut out the ovals. I used the scrap brown paper to cut out a branch shape. 

We glued down the branch to the black paper and added our collage ovals. I had cut out yellow triangles for the beaks and white ovals for the eyes out of scrap paper. Lizzie, who's 4, put together the first owl without any assistance on my part. The second owl was done by AJ, who's 2, with a lot of mommy assistance. I love how they turned out!

Linking up to Kids Get Crafty, TGIF Linky Party, The Sunday Showcase, Serenity Saturday, For the Kids Friday, Sharing Saturday, Link and Learn, Made By Little Hands Monday, Monday Madness, and It's Playtime  



  1. I think your owls are BEAUTIFUL! Very cute indeed!

    Thank you for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!


  2. wonderful activity with such a lovely result!

  3. Your owls are super cute! I wanted to invite you to the TGIF Linky Party -

    I am also your newest follower. I'd love for you to follow me back, if you want =-)

  4. Those are adorable! This would be great for a wide range of ages and I love that you used old magazines. Great craft and great post :)

  5. These are adorable!! I would love it if you would share them at my sharing party at Thank you!

  6. I love these owls! Such a creative use of magazine pictures!

  7. These are absolutely DARLING!! I adore how all the different colors from the magazine pages gives the owls such texture. Found this link over at the Sunday Showcase and am excited to be following you now! :)

  8. These are so cute! I love it. I am pinning it right now!

  9. That turned out beautiful! Love the owls- Thank you for sharing your ideas with us on The Sunday Showcase

  10. oh i love these!! going to be trying this one with the kids soon!!

    Thanks for linking up to Serenity Saturday.
    Hope to see you there again tomorrow

    Natasha xxx

  11. Thanks for sharing on Monday Madness. I already looked over these and loved them, but I am glad to see them again to remind me. This time around I marveled in the glue action done with these. So fun to use so much glue for kids!

  12. So cute, playing with glue is probably the funnest part. My kids always get a kick out of projects involving glue. Thanks for sharing on Monday Madness.

  13. I am featuring this tomorrow on

  14. I have to make these with my toddler class!! I featured you this week!

  15. Those turned out so cute! We just so happen to have a big stack of magazines and nothing to do tomorrow! YEAH!


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