>> Saturday, March 11, 2017
What do you do when your friend requests a DIY owl for a Christmas gift?
You DIY an owl to the best you can because it's your first time DIY-ing an owl.
Also, wing it as you go along.
Jason requested that I make him an owl as a Christmas present, after showing him this link from tumblr. It seemed possible for me to do. Besides, I would not turn down an opportunity to DIY something.
I got my supplies ready, and off I flew to Diagon Alley to get an owl.
In the instructions I got off from Tumblr, the body of the owl was made from foam that can be reshaped. Since foam was difficult to find here, I had to adjust and used the closest option -- styrofoam balls. It had 'foam' in the name, so it'll do.
A portion of the ball forming the body was hallowed out so that the smaller ball (which would be the head) would sit perfectly.
Crepe paper was used as the feathers. I could not find broze and gold crepe paper in the local craft stores (I visited so many branches of National Book Store and they had the fugly kiddie art colors that didn't fit the colors of the owl). I switched from the original plan of a barn owl to Hedwig from Harry Potter. I had silver crepe paper stashed at home and I just crumpled regular white paper to give an illusion that it's crepe paper too.
I cut the paper in tear drop shapes and one by one layered them on the owl's body and head.
The eyes were also made with the tear drop shapes on white and gold painted paper, fanning them out to form a circle. I glued on black beads for the eyeballs. The beak was made from a black paper cut into a cone.
The head was secured to the body with toothpicks.
I also cut two huge tear drops, folded it in the middle and attached it to the body to form the wings.
As final touches, the tips of the feathers were painted with black, just like Hedwig. I also included a DIY envelope with the Hogwarts seal, so Hedwig can bring the acceptance letter.
Time to fly, Hedwig! It'll take magic for a DIY owl to fly.