Owl mailbox – Valentine’s craft for kids

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I love creating crafts with kids in mind, and Valentine’s Day is the perfect time for it. You can take the most basic supplies and turn them into something spectacular! Recently I created this Owl Mailbox for Kids Crafts 1-2-3 Magazine and it was featured on the cover! This would be a great craft for kids in elementary school or for a scouting troop – such a cute way to store and display all your Valentine’s Day cards. Make sure the grown-ups are using the craft knife!

Smoothfoam owl valentines kids craft

Materials:

Empty cardboard oatmeal container
Creative Hands 8″ x 12″ Craft Foam Sheets:  2 Brown 2 Tan, 1 Orange, 1 Red, 1 Yellow (or let the kids pick whatever colors they like!)
Two 1″ Smoothfoam balls
Aleene’s Fun CraftFoam Glue
Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue
2 wiggle eyes
Pencil, scissors, ruler
Broad-tip black marker
Serrated kitchen or craft knife

1.  Slice off a small piece from the end of each Smoothfoam ball and glue a wiggle eye to the flat area of each ball; set aside to dry.

2.  Cut a rectangle of tan craft foam large enough to wrap and cover the outside of the oatmeal container. Apply foam glue to back of the foam and set aside to let glue set up.

3.  Click here to download owl feather templates as a PDF, and print out at 125%. Trace and cut out:
–  Two wings, three chest feathers and one head feather from brown craft foam
–  Two middle wing feathers from orange craft foam
–  Two top wing feathers and two bottom wing feathers from tan craft foam
–  One beak and two feet on yellow craft foam
–  One small hears shape from red craft foam

Apply foam glue to back of wings, chest feathers, wing feathers, beak and feet pieces; set aside to let glue set up.

4.  Glue the large piece of tan craft foam to the outside of the oatmeal container. Glue all the rest of the craft foam pieces into place as shown.

5.  Cut a small slot into the bottom of each eyeball, squeeze a little Tacky Glue into the slots and press each eye on to the top rim of the container as shown. Glue the edges of the brown head feather piece to the eyeballs and let dry.

6.  Draw nostrils on the beak with black marker. Write the child’s name on the heart and glue to the owl’s chest.

 

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