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Goodwill Home Décor Expert - Merri Cvetan

Merri Cvetan

My weekly column for Amazing Goodwill and my design blog, Design Coach, are about all things design, living a stylish life and entertaining (like setting a great table). I share DIY projects, decorating and design tips, as well as ideas and secrets.

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Whooo’s There?

Posted by Jamie Klinger-Krebs on Jul 29, 2015 4:28:28 PM

DIY owlOwl sightings are everywhere. You’ll find them on fabric (clothes and home fashion), jewelry and home décor. Wouldn’t they be great in a nursery? At the very least, add one to your flower garden.

I made one from a few miscellaneous kitchen tools I found at Goodwill. Since I planned to perch my owl outside, I collected only metal items. Look for round and rectangle shapes for the body.

DIY owl partsFor the eyes, I “shopped” in my husband’s garage. If you don’t have a garage full of washers, nuts and other parts, check out the local hardware store. Owl eyes should be big and round.

Build your owl by layering pieces. The funny colander is the perfect body when glued to the bottom side of a butter dish. I cut the slotted spoon from the handle, glued it to the middle and used the handle for the ears. (Do owls have ears or do their feathers just look like ears?)

DIY owl branchFor the eyes I glued a washer to a metal disc and topped it with a big nut.

You’ll need a glue made specifically for metal.

The feet are made from wire twisted around a branch and glued to the back. Her beak is a pair of clock hands.

I’d love to see what you come with. Send me a photo!

Topics: DIY projects, Merri Cvetan, home decor expert Merri Cvetan, summer DIY projects, DIY owl project

  • DIY metal owl

    I made an owl from a few miscellaneous kitchen tools I found at Goodwill. Since I planned to perch my owl outside, I collected only metal items. Look for round and rectangle shapes for the body.

  • DIY metal owl

    For the eyes, I “shopped” in my husband’s garage. If you don’t have a garage full of washers, nuts and other parts, check out the local hardware store. Owl eyes should be big and round.

  • DIY metal owl

    Build your owl by layering pieces.

  • DIY owl
    Build your owl by layering pieces. The funny colander is the perfect body when glued to the bottom side of a butter dish. I cut the slotted spoon from the handle, glued it to the middle and used the handle for the ears.
  • DIY owl

    The feet are made from wire twisted around a branch and glued to the back. Her beak is a pair of clock hands.