How to Make a Wooden Owl
Did you know there are over 200 species of owl? I love owls and couldn’t resist making Hobbycraft’s 3D wooden puzzle owl in the sun, a puzzle for kids, or adults!
It’s a great outdoor crafting activity and perfect to get the kids painting, making and thinking this half term – it’s also a great one for kids team work or for an activity to share with them.
Project by Jill Richmond
Open your puzzle, being careful with the picture as the instructions are on the back. Set up your work station with the picture, paint brushes, palette, water container and paints all in a suitable position for you to work. I decided to use watercolour paints for this but you can use any paints you like.
Make sure you protect tables and surfaces so cleaning up afterwards is easy.
Have a think about what colours you would like your owl to be and put the colours in the palette. I opted for more autumnal colours but your owl can be any colour you like!
If you still can’t decide on your colour scheme then why not take a look on the internet for owl pictures to help you get some inspiration or copy the colours I have used.
Now here’s potentially the tricky bit. You can decide to paint all your pieces random colours and your owl will be multicoloured and be a real individual, or you can try to think about how the pieces will fit together in advance and plan your colours accordingly. I didn’t do either of these methods but instead decided to look for similar shapes and matched the same sort of shape with the same colours hoping this would mean my owl would be symmetrical in colour. I went a bit bolder on my colours on random shapes.
Now that you are painting your pieces don’t forget to paint the back the same colour as the front. As it was a hot day when I painted mine my watercolour paint dried very quickly so I could paint the other side straight after doing the front but you may need to wait a while after painting the front for it to dry before turning the boards onto their other side.
Remember to keep changing your paint brush water regularly.
Leave your boards to dry. You can use this time to look over the instructions and understand them.
Now for the puzzle bit! Hopefully my photos don’t give too much away. You can watch your owl come to life.
Remember to use the sandpaper provided if you need to smooth off any edges.
Now your owl is complete admire your work with pride!
This could make a perfect gift for a friend or for Father’s Day.
Hopefully, like me, you’ve now got the bug for these puzzles, so have look at all of the other puzzles in the same range and try another!