Project Overview

In this video, Rose shows you how to make a decorative owl. This is a fun arts and crafts project to do at home and makes a great decoration for your kid’s room or family fridge, your owl décor is sure to be a hoot! 

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Step by Step Instructions

1 Draw up your owl
2 Cut your owl out
3 Stick the owl together
4 Painting your owl
5 Give your owl some eyes
6 A place to perch
7 The finishing touch
  • Step 1. Draw up your owl

    The first thing we’re going to do is take a sheet of balsa wood and draw an owl shape. You can download our owl template, or you could even create your own design.

  • Step 2. Cut your owl out

    Next, we’re going to take a knife and cut out the shapes that make up our owl. Make sure you lend a helping-hand in this step and are wearing your safety gloves.
  • Step 3. Stick the owl together

    Once you have your shapes, simply glue them together using PVA glue

  • Step 4. Painting your owl

    After the glue has dried, it’s time to paint. You have a blank canvas here so chose any colours you like! Leave your owl aside and give it some time to dry. 

  • Step 5. Give your owl some eyes

    To do this, simply take some copper wiring and curl it around. To attach the eyes, push the copper wire into the balsa wood, until it feels like it won’t fall out. You could also use buttons or bottle tops, feel free to get creative.

  • Step 6. A place to perch

    Find a twig or branch from your backyard to create a perch for your owl to sit on and attach it with glue. Once that’s done, leave it for a little while to dry.

  • Step 7. The finishing touch

    It’s time to stick a couple of magnets to the back of your owl so you can hang it up. You could also use a couple of small eye screw hooks and some copper wire to do this.

Tools and Materials


  • Paint brush
  • Retractable safety knife
  • Safety gloves


  • Balsa wood
  • Copper wire
  • Eye screw hooks
  • Magnets
  • Paint
  • PVA glue

Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.
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