A few months ago, inspiration struck when I realized how much potential crafting material was being wasted with the unused cardboard boxes that always seem to be flowing through our office. With such a neat texture, I wondered, ‘What, oh what, can we create using cardboard?’ Shortly thereafter, I stumbled upon these beyond adorable ornaments at Anthro made out of, you guessed it… cardboard! So, I set out to create a cardboard owl ornament, and I must say, I’m completely smitten with the final product (just look at those beady little eyes and tiny twig feet!) Of course, we’ve got a downloadable template and step-by-step instructions for you to create your own little guy, all after the jump.

  • cardboard
  • 3-inch Smoothfoam egg (available at Hobby Lobby)
  • printable owl ornament template (download here)
  • X-acto knife or scissors
  • gold, brown and bronze glitter
  • spray adhesive
  • straight pins
  • 2 black beads
  • orange marker
  • hot glue gun
  • thread
  1. Print owl template. Cut out stencils, trace onto cardboard, and cut out individual owl body parts.
  2. To create textured owl belly, cut five 2-inch long strips of cardboard, about 1/2-inch thick. Peel back top layer of cardboard to expose wavy middle layer.
  3. Spray foam egg and all cardboard cutout pieces (except for the beak) with spray adhesive, and cover with glitter on one side only. Cover the ‘tail’ piece of cardboard with glitter on both front and back.
  4. Referring to the images above, hold egg upside down, and use straight pins to secure the tail, then the wings, then the ears into the egg.
  5. Use glue gun to secure wavy strips to owl’s belly.
  6. Color beak orange, and glue just above owl belly. Place eye circles above beak, thread straight pin through black bead, and press through center of eye circle.
  7. Cut 5-inch long piece of thread, and glue ends between owl’s ear and head to create hanging loop.
  8. We found a couple tiny twigs outside, and glued them to the bottom of the owl for feet.

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