Friday, 27 January 2012

DIY "Owl Always Love You" Valentine's Day Card

I've been working on a few Valentine-themed projects this week, and will be posting them gradually over the next week or so. I hope you'll enjoy them! :)

First up, a cute card for Valentine's day (or your anniversary), featuring two owls, a heart, and a very silly pun...


You can make this with felt, like I did, or use coloured paper if you prefer. The owls are made using the templates from my owl brooch tutorial, then I just drew a heart the size I needed to fit in the gap, cut it out, and used that as the heart template when cutting out my felt. 

If you're using paper, turn your templates over and draw around them onto the back of your chosen paper with a sharp pencil, then when you turn the cut out shapes over all your pencil lines will be hidden. 

Position the pieces on the card one by one and carefully glue them in place with a glue stick. You can use goggly eyes (glue these in place with a small dab of craft glue) or cut out white paper circles and draw the pupils on with black marker / felt tip pen (perhaps drawing them slightly off-centre to make it look like the owls are looking at each other). 


If you're using felt, pin or hold the templates in place to cut out all the pieces. You could sew the wings, beaks and eyes in position (as seen in steps 3 + 4 of the brooch tutorial, sewing a small piece of felt or a black bead for each pupil), or just use craft glue to attach the wings and beak and pairs of goggly eyes. 

Position the owls and the heart onto the card how you want them, and then stick them in place with small pieces of double sided tape - craft glue would also work, but it can distort the card slightly.

Finally, write "owl always love you" or your own choice of message underneath the owls in your best handwriting. You may find it helpful to write it in pencil first to help you get the words centred nicely, then just erase the pencil marks once the ink has completely dried. If you've used paper for your owls you could also draw a few extra details on them if you wanted, like feathers on their bellies or wings. 


Please note: this tutorial is for non-commercial use only. You may borrow one or two photos if you want to blog about my projects but remember to credit me and link back to the original source, and do not reproduce entire tutorials on your site. Thanks!

Love owls? Check out my plush owl tutorial

17 comments:

Vicki said...

Ahhh this is so cute, what a sweet idea,

Giovanna Chávez said...

These cards are so cute! :) Giovi

Natalie said...

This is so cute! I'm so tempted to have a bash at making one of these cards for my boyfriend but I'll probably end up gluging my fingers together, I really wish I had some creativity.

Miss Val's Creations said...

Great tutorial. I love the googly eyes!

Sarah Lou said...

These are fab!

Kit said...

fantastic card 'owl' be making one of this at the weekend :o)

TheSherbetPatch said...

So, so sweet! I love owls, and make owl doorstops and cushions with patterned fabric. That is a really appealing card :)

Jo said...

Very cute, I love them....

ita01 said...

Fabulous creations :)

Manu said...

lovely!

BugsandFishes said...

Thanks for the comments on the project everyone, I'm so glad it's proving popular :)

Tatkis said...

Such a cute owl card! Thank you for the idea and tutorial!

Hugs,
Tatyana

Sarah said...

I love this, I'm definitely going to give it a try for Valentine's Day! Puns and felt, what more could you want...?

helbo said...

Thanks for this idea .. hubbie loved it! I then also made a badge version for my 7 year old to wear. Valentine joy all around . THANKS

BugsandFishes said...

Oh, I'm so glad the card was well received helbo! & that your 7yr old got to share in the owl fun too :)

Jinny La Bar said...

Sooo CUTE! Thanks for sharing!

BugsandFishes said...

Thanks Jinny! x

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