We got the idea for this craft from Family Fun Magazine's project: Give a Hoot (in the October 2012 issue).
My 6-year-old and I did vary from the instructions to make our own owls. We started with a regular owl (seen at left in the bottom photo) but our cupcake liners were smaller than I'd realized and didn't give full coverage. So for the next owl (at right in the bottom photo), we cut out the bottom of the cupcake liners and stretched them over the cardboard roll. The benefits to this were: no need for glue and a fuller affect. The downside was it was a little more difficult to attach the wings better. My daughter also gave her own touch to this owl by decorating the wings.
Then we decided to get really festive and used Halloween cupcake liners for the last owl (top picture). I didn't like how the wings came out (I found it much harder to properly attach liners as wings than using the card stock) but this was my daughter's favorite one.
It took about 1.5 hours for us to make all three. I had to help with a lot of the cutting and some gluing but an older kid won't need as much help. My daughter had a great time creating the looks before assembly and wants to make even more to decorate our house this fall.
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Sandra K. Lee is a freelance writer and stay-at-home mom with a 8-year-old princess & a 4-year-old superhero in Middlesex County, New Jersey.