Whether perched on a porch or parked on the steps, this wise trio of birds stands guard against the season's ghouls and goblins. Gleaming crescent moons add sparkle; for a spookier atmosphere, paint the moons and owls in glow-in-the-dark paint, or sprinkle the figures in opalescent glitter.
- Graph paper (optional)
- Three 12-x-18-inch sheets of stiff black felt
- 12-x-18-inch sheet of white craft foam
- 8-1/2-x-11-inch sheet of white felt
- Spray adhesive
- White glitter
- Glue gun and hotmelt adhesive
- Three 18-inch lengths of 3/4-inch diameter wooden dowel
- Black acrylic paint
- Computer and printer
- 8-1/2-x-11-inch sheets of white computer paper
- 8-1/2-x-11-inch sheets of lime green card stock
- Enlarge the owl/moon pattern using graph paper or a photocopier; cut out the pattern. Use the pattern to cut three owls/moons from stiff black felt. Cut along the edges of the owl pattern to make separate patterns for the two moon sections; also cut out the two eye patterns.
- Cut three of each moon section from white craft foam and cut three pairs of eyes from white felt. Spray one side of each white-foam moon section with adhesive, reversing the side of one set so it is in the opposite direction. Immediately sprinkle white glitter onto the adhesive; let dry.
- Hot-glue the glittered moon sections onto the corresponding sections of the black felt owl. Hot-glue the eyes on the owl faces. Paint the dowels black; let dry. Hot-glue the top 6 inches of a dowel to the back side of each owl so about 12 inches extend below the figure.
- Use a computer to make the three wording tags. Print a test sample on white typing paper. When satisfied, print the tags on lime green card stock. Cut out the tags and hot-glue one to each owl. Insert the bottom end of the dowels into the ground.
- NOTE: If wet weather is a concern, laminate the paper and felt before assembling the project.
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