Upcycled Fabric + Paper Owls

This has been quite the week for me.  Its so funny how things come in spurts, but I’ll tell you, I’m not knocking it. I am happy to tell you that this sweet owl-y DIY project is featured over at Design*Sponge today.  When Charlie told me he wanted a Harry Potter Birthday party, I have to admit I got pretty excited!  Let’s have Potions Class and mix some crazy stuff!  Let’s play Quidditch on bikes!  Let’s hide the tri-wizard cup in my office and make the kids solve riddles to find it!  Let’s make a whole slew of Hedwigs to deliver the invites!  This is the result:
The owls came out so well, I wanted to keep a flock of them for myself. I have to tell you, I’m not a huge fan of bright orange and black Halloween decorations and these suited my aesthetic just right–so charming.   I love how they look hanging in my window.  I loathed to send them out as invitations, but they’ve received rave reviews from the recipients, apparently hours of fun for the kiddos.
These are quite easy to make and use just fabric scraps, paperboard (my favorite) and some decorative items.  The great fabric shown here came from discarded fabric sample books our local window covering store tossed.  What a score!  The buttons, sequins and fasteners, I had all on hand.
 Pop on over to Design Sponge and give it a whirl.  They’re fun!  And, didn’t you always just love those fasteners?  I don’t know why but they always give me a little thrill when I use them.  Must have been binding books when I was young?  Do you have memories of those?

Happy Halloween!

  1. stacie

    These are so cute! great job Anne!

  2. Owls are my favorite great job on these over at remadesimpleblog.blogspot.com we made some owls from pinecones.

  3. I so love these. When I was a child my grandmother gave me a sample book of men’s suit fabric. I remember making tons of fabric animals with those swatches. Thanks for sharing :)

    Trina

  4. Camille

    What an awesome idea for a themed party! LOVE those invitations.

  5. Hi I’m Veronica. We used your upcycled owl invitation and added a twist. A link back to you also. Love your web site. I’m adding craft links on my web page, you will be added. Lovely things here!

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