EcoHeidi Borchers created this super cute owl from paper plates! She found the perfect fluted-edge plates at Target and cut the owl feathers. Her easy faux-patina painting technique transforms this project into the look of weathered metal.
Watch EcoHeidi’s Paper Plate Owl YouTube video tutorial!
Aleene’s Tacky Glue
White paper plates (2-1/2 plates per owl)
Paper Plate Owl Patterns
18 gauge florist wire
Florist tape – brown
Spray paint – copper metallic
Blue masking tape
Acrylic paint – medium teal, light teal, green, white
1. Cut owl patterns from center of paper plates.
2. For legs, wrap wire with florist tape.
3. Apply Aleene’s Tacky glue to one side of owl body, place both wire legs in place and glue second owl body in place, sandwiching the wire legs in between. Use clothespins to hold the layers together. Set aside to dry.
4. Cut fluted edges of plates into feathers.
5. Squeeze puddle of glue onto wax paper. Dip end of feather(s) into glue and place onto owl body, starting at the bottom and working up by layering the rows of feathers.
6. When you reach the top, just glue the feathers hanging over the top edge. You can cut them off when the glue is dry. Glue feathers onto wing pieces. Glue wings onto body.
8. Use masking tape to hold the smaller owl body pieces onto spraying surface so that they don’t blow away when you spray. Let dry.
9. Use sea sponge to apply acrylic paint over sprayed pieces layering each color for a faux patina effect. Be sure to leave some copper showing through.
10. Use brush to apply acrylic paint in any areas that the sponge does not reach and to apply to eyes. Let dry.
11. Glue owl eyes and beak in place. Let dry.
12. Bend bottom leg wire to create triangles (for feet) so that the owl can stand.