My daughter and I had the idea to make these owls after we spent the day playing at the creek. We found a bunch of fresh water bivalve shells that we thought looked like owls eyes.
A few days later we went looking for rocks to make owls. Once home we put these together in a matter of minutes.
You many not be able to find the materials to make this nature craft like we did. In that case, I have added affiliate links to supplies that will work. They may not look exactly the same as ours, but I’m sure they will be just as adorable.
Stone & Shell Owl Craft
You may be able to find most of the materials out in the natural world like we did. Go on a nature hunt to see what you can find. If nothing you find will work I have provided affiliate links to some materials for your convenience.
- Craft Shells – this bag contains some bivalve shell pieces.
- Wiggle Eyes
- All purpose craft glue – This is the one we used.
- Leaf tips – you can find these outside. We used Japanese maple, but anything would work. You could even use another type of shell, a sunflower or pumpkin seed, felt or construction paper.
- Mod Podge Matte – To seal and protect (optional)
- Cotton Swab (optional)
- Foam Brush (optional)
Step 1 – Clean stones and shells.
Wash stones and shells if needed. We found ours outside so we need to clean everything first. We washed the stones in the sink and used a cotton swab and water to clean out the insides of the bivalve shells.
Step 2 – Glue on eyes
- Place glue on backs of shells.
- Glue shells onto stones to look like owl eyes.
- Place glue inside shells.
- Place wiggle eyes in glue.
Step 3 – Glue on nose
- Cut off the tip of a leaf, or use another shell, seed, or piece of felt or construction paper.
- Place glue on a leaf.
- Use a cotton swab to place in position.
Step 4 – Mod Podge
- Apply Mod Podge with a foam brush to seal and protect if desired.
These cute little owls look great sitting in gardens, potted plants and on mantles and windowsills. They also make a lovely addition to nature tables and can be used for pretend play.
For more amazing fall nature crafts see Top 10 Fall Nature Crafts.
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