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Twig Owl Craft

Twig Owl Craft - Forest School Nature Craft Ideas

Today I wanted to share with you a wonderful owl craft that the children have been busy creating. I love crafts that involve nature. We ventured out on our daily walk to collect sticks and headed back to get cracking on our twig owls.

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Mama's Den created this lovely nature owl encouraging people to have a go at recreating and I just had to make them too! They are so delightful!

As I mentioned above the children collected the sticks on our daily walk. I made sure that we had lots of straight sticks in our stick collection. I knew that when we arrived home the children would quickly discover that the twigs that were twisty and bendy wouldn't stick down too well in the glue. This was discovered quickly once they started sticking down. We will use the other twigs in another craft soon. I didn't want to tell them about this as I wanted the discovery to be made naturally on their own, so all the sticks they wished to bring back, were brought back home. 

Twig Owl Craft - Forest School Nature Craft Ideas

I created an owl template by folding a piece of paper in half and drawing one half of the owl. This ensured that the owl would be symmetrical. I opened out the paper and cut it out. I then reused some of the cardboard from a recent amazon delivery. I drew around the template onto the cardboard and my daughter cut them all them out. I used a plastic Easter egg to draw around to make the eyes. 

My daughter made a hole in the top of owls so we could hang them when they were created. It could be difficult once covered in sticks to make a hole and attach some string so it is definitely worth adding them first.

We were ready to crack on with the craft. The children enjoyed plastering the cardboard with glue. I could have used the glue gun but with the temperatures they get up to they're not suitable for children. I am forever burning myself when I use them so I wouldn't allow the children to use it. 

Twig Owl Craft - Forest School Nature Craft Ideas

Using PVA glue just meant that we had to use more of it to hold the sticks and allow enough time to pass for the glue to completely dry. We made them over the course of 3 days, letting the glue fully dry out and ensure that everything was stuck down firmly before moving on to the next stage. 

Twig Owl Craft - Forest School Nature Craft Ideas

Once they were dry they worked on creating the owl eyes, before sticking them on. 

Lets see this activity in action:

Twig Owl Craft - Forest School Nature Craft Ideas

They look adorable. We have hung them in the tree in the garden. We love watching them dancing around in the breeze! So cute!

Twig Owl Craft - Forest School Nature Craft Ideas

A big thank you to Mama's Den for the inspiration for this wonderful craft. We really enjoyed making them.

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Twig Owl Craft - Forest School Nature Craft Ideas

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