Both are the last of my owl creations before the big party. I will post pictures of the event in a couple of days and pictures of my sweeties in their Halloween costumes-you will not want to miss those.
For my pumpkins birthday party I wanted to do a hidden owls type game. I had originally thought about sewing a bunch of small owls but when I started that project I instantly realized it would be way more work than it was worth. So after some trial and error I came up with these: mini paper bag hoots.
They are made from a regular lunch sack paper bag only cut down about 3-4 inches at an angle (to form a point). I fused some fabric to the front for the belly (using heavy duty Wonder Under) then I stuffed the bag with a piece of newspaper. I folded the top of the bag over and stapled it to form the head of the owl.
Then I added eyes and a beak. I love how these look like they have so much attitude. They were so quick and easy to make (and would be even faster if you had a circle punch or two to help).
I think I made a least a dozen. The plan is to hide them all over the backyard for the littler kids to find. They can keep one if they want or we can just hide them again and play again. The game is meant for little kids (under age 3) so these won't be terribly hard to find but they are kind of sneaky.
Not that any of you base your day around what is posted on Small Fry & Co, or even make it a daily habit to check this blog but should you see a rapid decline in posts for a while (or possibly permanently) I just don't want you to be alarmed or concerned. I think this may be the beginning of the end (at least for a little while). In January I will have been writing this blog for 3 years. It started out being just for me but as I got a following I felt driven to come up with and blog even more ideas to keep readers coming back. It has been thrilling, wonderful and exhausting all at the same time. I have always wanted my blog to be full of useful content-ideas, tutorials, patterns, recipes. I haven't filled my blogging days with endorsements or giveaways-I have been true to what I set out to do-write a craft blog. But now my sweet small fry has stopped taking regular naps and my amount of time has been slashed extensively and I can not get done very much of what I need and or want to every day, let alone crafts to post. I am slowing way down for a while so that I can catch up on a few things that are just for me (without needing to take pictures and write a tutorial for it) like updating all the photos in my home (most of which contain pictures of small fry when she was less than a year), do some digital scrapbooking, make ornaments for my girls for Christmas, get my craft room in order. I am sure this isn't life altering to any of you-just want you to know what happened. I will still post from time to time-I had a fantastic snowman week planned for November. I will see what I can do with that. Thank you to everyone who reads Small Fry and especially to those of you who comment-and comment on a regular basis, to those who have sent e-mails, bought stuff I have made, entered giveaways and to everyone who I have talked to in person who said, "I read this on your blog..." It is you I have blogged for.
I saw an idea kind of like this on a website or blog but it was for mini candy bars. I wanted to use regular sized candy bars to have as take home gifts from the party. I created my own pattern (after many attempts) and love the end result.
Here is what you will need:
scrapbook paper 8.5x11 Plus extras for the eyes, beak, heart and feet.
Double sided tape
mini ric rac (though this is for an embellishment so it is not 100% necessary)
Step 1: trace and cut out all the pieces using the pattern.
Step 2: Score along the designated lines to fold. I learned this trick on a blog to use my paper cutter and a small bone folder to score things. Helps keep a straight line without cutting all the way through.
Step 3: Place candy bar in the center of the wrapper.
Step 4: Put a piece of double sided tape on the candy bar first, fold over and stick one side of the wrapper, then put another piece of double sided tape along that edge and fold over the other side of the wrapper.
Step 5: Draw in the pupils on the whites of the eyes. Glue to the larger circles using a glue dot and adhere to the candy bar, as well as the beak.
Step 6: I used my Xyron sticker maker to turn these little pieces of ric rac into stickers and attached them in the middle.
Step 7: Add the heart (I used a foam glue dot so the heart would stand out) and the feet and he or she is ready to rock and roll (and look super cute doing so).
Now the only question I have is: can anyone help me come up with a thank you saying that has to do with owls? I want to add a little tag that says thanks for coming to the party but I want to have it relate to owls. Anyone? Anyone?
Here is the pattern. It may have to be enlarged slightly or you may have to cut a bit bigger-sometimes my patterns print smaller than they are supposed to be.
This little girl is turning 2 on Halloween and she is as spunky as can be. She is also not into anything in particular except trying to be miss independent. So when it came to birthday themes I had no idea what I was going to do this year. Then as luck would have it I had to go to the dentist and what was sitting there on the coffee table in the waiting room but a Family Fun magazine with the cutest owl birthday cake ever. If there is ever a plus to going to the dentist this was it for me. The lights went on and I knew that we had to have an owl themed party.
This is the invitation for the party (well actually this is the box for the invite). I got the idea from here but made mine larger.
It holds the invite that I made on matte board that my uncle gave me.
Aren't they darling? I love this picture because the center owl seems to be saying, "stand back friends, the spot light is all mine."
Stay tuned this week for more fabulous owl birthday ideas. My mom collected owls from before I was born-she was so ahead of her time. The owl is totally the in thing right now. I might just have to start a collection of my own.
Just in case you didn't get a chance to check this project out on the Pellon website I thought I would repost it. It's not too late to add another Halloween project or two.
This is a project that came to mind as I was cutting up a paper bag for another project I did. As I was chopping that bag up I thought, "man I could really turn this into something" and thus was born the idea for a trick or treat bag. I think that people shy away from using paper bags as a trick or treat bag because well #1 they don't have handles and #2 they don't hold up very well if you made some sort of handle on them. Hopefully I have helped that problem and created a cute and functional bag. DISCLAIMER: I am not going to guarantee this will hold up under any amount of candy and any amount of being swung around aimlessly by any child. Under "normal" circumstances it should be just fine.
For this project you will need:
1 large paper grocery bag (like this):
Black spray paint
Pellon Heavy Duty Wonder Under
1. Spray paint the paper bag black (or you could use another color-just make sure it is dark enough to cover any writing that may be on the bag).
2. Fold down 1 1/2" of the paper bag towards the inside.
3. Tape folds down with pieces of duct tape.
4. Place a second layer of duct tape all the way around the inside edge of the bag.
5. Now cut two strips of duct tape (these are going to make the handles) at least 20" long but you could make them longer if you like (well or shorter too I guess). I put mine on my work surface like this so that it wouldn't get all stuck to itself.
6. Now fold the tape in half starting in the middle and work your way to the ends but...
leave a 1 1/2" piece unfolded at each end.
7. Press the ends of the handle piece down on the inside of the bag about 2" in from each edge (placement is really up to you and what you like).
8. Now place another piece of duct tape over each side with a handle to keep the handle piece secured.
9. Next is adding the eyelets. I have these really big ones that my mom bought years ago. I have still seen them in sewing/fabric stores. Usually they come with a little card of instructions (I am going to assume you will have those to know how to attach these).
10. Start by punching a hole with a regular hole punch directly over the middle of the handle piece and down as far as the hole punch will reach. It is a tough punch but put a little muscle into it and it will go through. Then attach the eyelets according to instructions.
It should look like this when completed.
11. Now for the design part (the really fun part). Begin with some heavy duty Wonder Under.
Trace all parts of the pattern (part one) and (part two) onto the Wonder Under. Label them if you are not sure you will remember what everything is.
12. Next I cut out all the pieces and place them in groups according to the color of fabric they will be ironed onto.
13. Now iron all your pieces onto the wrong side of your fabrics. Cut out on the line and peel off the backing paper.
14. Now I assemble any parts that will be ironed onto a piece of fabric before it is ironed to the bag like the control panel for the robot and his face. I used a permanent marker to draw the eyes and mouth (I have to have my characters have eyes as soon as possible).
15. Now carefully place all the pieces with the backing paper peeled off onto the bag.
16. Cover with a pressing cloth and iron in place. The press cloth can stick to the paint so don't hold the iron down for any longer than necessary. If you have an old iron that you don't care about you could iron right on the bag (it might get some paint flecks on it).
17. And the last thing to do (besides admire your cute creation) is to add any embellishments you might want. I added ric rac and some buttons. Done-easy and super darn cute. Totally beats any pillow case any day.