creative toy d.i.y. - dancing owl

a tutorial on how to make a dancing owl 
with moving wings and legs

download the free printable pdf file with the outlines to make this dancing owl: click here

what you will need: 

•  cardboard (you could recycle a cereal box)
•  scissors to cut out the pieces
•  color pencils, markers, or crayons or whatever else you and your kids like to color with
•  4 beads (the ones i used are about 1/4 inch diameter)
•  wire (about 8-10 inches)
•  a printer (to print out the pdf if you decide to use it)

how to make this dancing owl toy - step by step: 
1)  color the owl, make it look fun!

2)  cut out the shapes and punch little holes where you see the little dots (i used the tip of the scissors).

3)  string a bead onto about 2 inches of wire (as seen below). with the bead on the front side of the owl, push the wire ends through the holes you punched. it will first go through the main body part of the owl and then also through a wing or a leg.

4)  bend the wire that sticks through the holes apart. then fold half of the wire back towards the hole as a loop. this will fasten the body parts like a joint. repeat this with all wings and legs (see below).

5)  done!  let the owl dance begin!

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sylvia said...

i LOVE this!! so so cute! thanks for the tutorial!!!

The Kooky Green Owl said...

You had me at Owl! very cute, thanks for sharing:)

amy said...

Oh, this is adorable! I love the animated dancing owl photo. I'll tuck this away for a rainy day.

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Sara {home is where the cookies are} said...

This is super cute!! What a fun little rainy day project!

Cristy @ Art•ing Shed•quarters said...

What a hoot!
My daughter would love this!

Renae @ theredwren said...

I love this! So cute.

Marianne said...

Simona, I envy you........ you come up with the cutest ideas ever. The animated picture makes the happy owl alive. When I just saw the first picture, I thought: "Bet, the eyes move together with the wings." and: yeah. Good guess!
Our "owl-lover" will certainly make some.

Kirschenzeit said...

Oh, thank you, that is a very sweet owl. I love it!

ellenmarie said...

so cute! ive been feelin a lil crafty lately too - how did ya'll know!! and omg the animated finished owl is just perfect.. this really belongs on pinterest!


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Anonymous said...

Both Cute and fun! Thanks for sharing this.

Susie @Bowdabra said...

Hi Simona

Your owl is awesome! You take really great photographs,too!

If you have time, we would LOVE for you to stop in and link up this post and anything crafty in our Crafty Showcase. It runs from Sat-Thur and then we have a Feature Friday with the top pics!

We also have an ETSY store/craft business store linky so you are welcome to link up to that, too!

Have a great weekend!

Susie @Bowdabra

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