November 11, 2011

Mini Owl Mobile Tutorial ~ Inspired by Microcrafts

Hoo's ready for an adorable and easy craft you 
can put together with your child in an afternoon?  

Recently, I had the opportunity to review a copy of Microcrafts: Tiny Treasures to Make and Share from Quirk Books.  When I asked my girls to look through the book and decide on a craft for our rainy afternoon, the girls came back bubbling with excitement and the book bulging with bookmarks.  I'd be lying if I said that the girls didn't nearly come to fisticuffs over which project we'd try first.

We ultimately decided on the sweet little plush owls on page 53 (from contributor Sarah Goldschadt).  What I love most about this project is that it makes perfect use of all the leftover fabric scraps I've been saving -- each owl needs only two 4" pieces of fabric!  When the little owls were complete, we hung them from a twig framework to create whimsical mobiles.

Here's how to make your own Mini Owl Mobile:

Mini Owl Mobile

5 Mini Owls
(You can find Sarah's complete tutorial HERE)
2 twigs/branches, approx. 14" x 14"
hot glue gun
embroidery thread



1.  When owls are complete, thread 16" of embroidery thread on a needle and knot at one end.  Put needle under the beak flap and up through the top of the owl.  Pull thread all the way through.  Repeat with the remaining 4 owls.

2.  Hot glue the two twigs together in a crisscross.  Where the twigs meet, wrap with embroidery thread in a "God's Eye" pattern (click HERE for instructions).  

3.  Create a hanging loop.  Thread a needle with embroidery thread and bring the thread up through the center of the sticks.  Leave a loop of about 12", then bring the needle back down through and tie off. 

4.  Hang the twig framework by the loop.  You can now begin to tie on the owls.  Start with the center owl.  Tie on remaining owls.  You can alter the balance by moving the owls closer or further away from the center.  The length of the string also makes a difference.

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  1. Adorable owls. I am completely smitten.

  2. This is absolutely adorable Jenn! My kids are all teens so we won't be making this for us, but maybe we can think of a child to make it for :)

  3. Adorable! Owls are so trendy right now!

  4. these are so awesome
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    have a great crafting week!

  5. I'm absolutely charmed. I might stuff them with lavender from the garden and give them to my friends as sachets.



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