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Topic: PINE CONE OWL -- an ode to my grandmother (mini tutorial incld)  (Read 19949 times)
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« on: November 15, 2007 11:57:48 PM »

I tried to look and see if anyone else had done this, but to my surprise, the search came up negative. I was shocked!!

My grandmother was OBSESSED with owls. She was also a very crafty lady! I remember that she used to make pine cone owls and glue them onto logs and such to display around the house (along with other owl craftyness she deemed fit). This is my version of a pine cone owl, as her obsession has spread to me... minus the glitter and pastel colors.




Wanna make one yourself? It's really easy! You need two pine cones, some felt, feathers, googly-eyes, etc and imagination!

For the base, take one pine cone and have the pointy side of the pine cone facing downwards, so the base is at the top. Then you take your second pine cone and glue it to the first, laying on it's side, so the base becomes the face. To make the pine cone stand on it's own, you need to make sure the bottom pine cone isn't crooked, then break off a few of the bottom pieces. You can save two of them to make the ears for the owl, or you can use feathers, etc.

My grandmother made her face using feathers and googly eyes. And some people use nuts (like a sunflower seed) as the nose. I just used felt as that was what I had handy. Cheesy  ALSO- I remember her using baby pinecones for the ears as well. Cheesy

Thanks for looking, and if you make one I'd love to see it! XD
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« Reply #1 on: November 16, 2007 12:04:07 AM »

That's so awsome! I love owls too. <3's~ Very cute idea.  Grin I shall have to go collect some pine cones now from the yard.~
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« Reply #2 on: November 16, 2007 12:06:39 AM »

That's so awsome! I love owls too. <3's~ Very cute idea.  Grin I shall have to go collect some pine cones now from the yard.~

It's very fun! I wish I had better pine cones to work with. I had collected these several months ago and they aren't the best for this project. I live near palm trees, not pine tress, so I have to make a trip to the mountains if I want more. Sad
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« Reply #3 on: November 16, 2007 01:22:05 AM »

These are darling - and I've never seen pine cone owls before!

And now that I live in pine cone country, I have unlimited resources - I need to go out and collect some next week.

Daiconharuko - if you'd like to trade something for pinecones, let me know!

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« Reply #4 on: November 16, 2007 02:13:27 AM »

Awesome! My sister once made pine cone dwarf, but this is better! Because the pine cone stands nicely for the owl's feathers...
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« Reply #5 on: November 16, 2007 03:58:30 AM »

Totally, totally great. I love it!
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« Reply #6 on: November 16, 2007 04:17:20 AM »

Really cool - I love things that are made from nature!
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« Reply #7 on: November 16, 2007 04:53:40 AM »

Very, very cute! I love making things from nature also. Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: November 16, 2007 06:28:59 AM »

Very awesome idea!! Thanks for sharing with us!
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« Reply #9 on: November 16, 2007 07:25:30 AM »

Love it!  That would be great to do with the kiddies too!
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« Reply #10 on: November 16, 2007 08:47:40 AM »


Daiconharuko - if you'd like to trade something for pinecones, let me know!

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Thanks!! I'll keep that in mind!! XD

and thanks everyone! I'm glad I could share something I learned from my grandmother!!
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« Reply #11 on: November 16, 2007 09:37:14 AM »

He's so cute! I love that you were inspired by your grandma! Great job!
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« Reply #12 on: November 16, 2007 02:38:05 PM »

 Grin My grandma and I made pinecone owls too.  She mounted ours on little tree branches with florist wire.  We also made pinecone angels with milkweed pods for wings.  Have to see if I can find those owls...  Your owl is really cute!
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« Reply #13 on: November 16, 2007 07:06:03 PM »

This brings back memories. I grew up in the country and these were very popular-I like how you kind of "hipped" it up a little,too Smiley
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« Reply #14 on: November 16, 2007 07:39:14 PM »

OMG that is so COOOOOL!!!
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« Reply #15 on: November 17, 2007 07:36:19 AM »

These are so cute, they'd make adorable ornaments, especially if you could find mini pine cones.  Oh, and *this rocks*  Wink
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« Reply #16 on: November 17, 2007 11:33:41 AM »

These are so cute, they'd make adorable ornaments, especially if you could find mini pine cones.  Oh, and *this rocks*  Wink

Aww thanks! And yes, I was thinking about making owl orniments!
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« Reply #17 on: November 21, 2007 04:33:46 PM »

Aww! So cute! Smiley
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« Reply #18 on: November 25, 2007 08:42:50 PM »

I love it!  I love nature crafts... and I have a friend who really loves owls.  Maybe I'll make her one sometime!
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« Reply #19 on: December 10, 2007 12:29:47 AM »

that is the cutest thing ever!! i have to make one!
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« Reply #20 on: December 13, 2007 07:27:38 PM »

This is so adorable. Smiley I love owls so I will have to make a couple for my house. Thanks for sharing!
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« Reply #21 on: December 19, 2007 12:52:21 PM »

This is too too cute.  I am not even really big into owls but yours looks so darn cute i am going to have to give this a try.  Grandmas rock!!!
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« Reply #22 on: December 19, 2007 06:07:38 PM »

awww thanks everyone! Cheesy
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« Reply #23 on: December 22, 2007 07:03:37 PM »

I have a huge bag of pine cones in my living room!  I think I'm going to make an owl!!  Grin
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« Reply #24 on: December 24, 2007 01:07:12 PM »

ok I bought some cinnamon scented cones and my son collected a ton of acorns to give out as hostess gifts during the holidays.  Finished just in time Wink  Thanx for the too cute idea.







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« Reply #25 on: December 24, 2007 01:32:27 PM »

awww your owl is soo cute! AND he smells good too! Cheesy
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« Reply #26 on: July 18, 2009 03:38:26 AM »

Hi! What a cute idea! I saw this thread a few weeks ago and decided to make an owl for my Dad for Father's Day. I ended up with two, and decided to make them into a wall hanging.







I had a blast making it and my Dad absolutely loved it. Thanks for the inspiration! Cheesy
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« Reply #27 on: July 21, 2009 02:25:11 AM »

That wall hanging is awesome! Your owls are closer to the way my grandma made them! I love it!
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« Reply #28 on: July 21, 2009 08:05:41 PM »

That is SO 70's! and so darn cute and kitschy at the same time! I love it!
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« Reply #29 on: July 22, 2009 09:06:10 AM »

whoa!  *rushes off to make an immense owl army*
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« Reply #31 on: November 17, 2009 12:44:23 PM »

This is a great project! Very simple to do and cost effective for those of us who have to craft on a budget!  Grin  This would definitely be great to do with the kids! Thanks for sharing!
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« Reply #32 on: November 27, 2013 01:50:08 PM »

So stinking cute! Owls are so popular again, so I'm glad I found this. Thank you for sharing your tutorial. Smiley
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