DIY Owl-Shaped Handwarmers

Baby, it’s cold outside! Keep your hands toasty and warm with these cute DIY Owl-Shaped Handwarmers. They are perfect for the cold weather, look adorable, and make great stocking stuffers for guys & girls!

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Hi everyone! This is April from IlliStyle and I have a fun little craft for you! To make these DIY owl hand warmers, you’ll need:

Short Grain Rice
Peppermint oil (optional)
Flannel (1/4 yd will make approximately 12-14 owls/6-7 pairs)
Coordinating thread
Fabric Marker

Easy how to instructions:

*Optional: If scented rice is desired: Place rice and essential oil in air tight container, shake vigorously. Let sit 1-2 days Place flannel right sides facing. Trace owl from printable PDF pattern provided here DIY Owl hand Warmers - illistyle.com

Cut out owls, keeping two pieces together, then flip so right sides face out. Sew Around edges, leaving bottom open.

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Fill with scented or unscented rice. Stitch bottom closed.

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Using a fabric marker, draw on big eyes and a beak.

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Give a pair as a gift. Package as desired. Include instructions – Heat in microwave 1 minute and place in pockets to warm hands.

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These little cuties were actually a baby shower favor I created for a dear friend’s newest arrival. They were a total hit, here’s a picture text I received from one of the party-goers after she used the Owl Hand Warmers on her morning run when she was on vacation in Mammoth, CA:

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If you like these little guys, then you are in luck! I have included the pattern free for personal use. Download the printable 8.5″ x 11″ PDF by clicking the owl template image below:

Printable Owl Pattern PDF - illistyle.com

Keep warm, crafters!

xoxo April Merry Christmas from illistyle.com

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As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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plan a classic children’s book party

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Hello again, everyone! It’s Kristie, and I’m excited to be back to share a fun birthday idea — a classic children’s book party!

My son, Kenton, was an early reader — in fact, his first word was “book.” I designed this party with him and all his little book-loving friends in mind. My design inspiration started with this bookworm owl invitation, which is part of my collection exclusively for Minted.

Playing off the owl’s glasses, I found these fun geek-chic “toy” reading glasses by Loftus. They’d make such cute party favors — and an adorable photo op.

Since we’re talking classic party, what could be more classic than cookies and milk? DIY iced alphabet cookies from designmom.com, and milk served in vintage bottles, available at dressmycupcake.com, would be perfect on your dessert table.

Stack books as creative food pedestals, and wrap them in colored paper that coordinates with your party decor (tutorial found at designmom.com). Then use pages from old books to make these adorable pinwheels for cupcakes from bhg.com.

And I couldn’t resist this smart and sophisticated little owl t-shirt from Boden!

Visit me on Minted for more invitation and stationery ideas. And as always, we hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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hoot owl donut treat

I made these little hoot owl donuts a few months ago, in the aftermath of designing our pumpkin patch harvest party collection that features a cute little owl and this argyle pattern (see full collection in the shoppe).

He’s super easy to pull together and no baking required! I personally LOVE that part! Here’s what you’ll need:

That same weekend I also made back to school owls with glasses and these super simple acorn cookie/candy treats.

And as always, I hope you’re inspired!

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real parties: woodland fun

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I ran across this adorable woodland themed first birthday party over at my sweet and saucy this weekend. I just love owls, as is likely evident by my campout, Hoot and owl couple collections, and this party was full of them from the chocolate owl pops to the owl cookies to the plush owls used as decor. You must hop over and check out all the details. This mom did a great job!

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nesting centerpieces

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I heard the first tweets of Spring a few days ago and caught a glimpse of a mommy bird building her nest in one of our bird houses… little twigs scattered all over the ground below. (My oldest was concerned that she was killing dad’s tree. I had to assure him it would be fine…)

This wonder of nature made me think of all the beautiful ways we use the bird nests in event planning and decorating, so I thought I would round up a few of my favorites.

The centerpiece and placesetting ensemble is from Martha Stewart Weddings… love it!! And it’s perfect for our owl couple baby shower collection.

The next two are from William-Sonoma. I just thought the bell glass idea was very unique, and then who could resist chocolate truffles in the shape of baby bird eggs. I mean, really! They’ve carried them for years and I drool over them every season. {wink}

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introducing owl couple

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I’m soooo excited about this one. I know some of you are saying… “she’s always excited.” But this one is truly special. You see, I have a beautiful cousin and two beautiful nieces who are pregnant right now and surely one of them will want their baby shower to be a hoot! (Come on girls, indulge me!)

Our new owl couple custom invitation, thank you and printable collection would be an excellent way to pad the nest of any mom-to-be. Here are a few of the details:

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We decorated our cake plates with brown cardstock scallops to showcase our whimsy tree branch cupcake wrappers and owl couple cupcake picks.

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Shown on our pink and brown table decor is the second cupcake pick design: our pink and white stripe “Babies are a hoot!”

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We also made some adorable nest cupcakes (toasted coconut and candy malted milk eggs).

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I love these printable placecards since the little owl ears stick up and give the typical flat card some dimension. And if you’re not having a sit down meal, they also work great as food labels on buffets or candy tables.

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These beverage wrappers are also perfect to wrap hurricanes or even candles. And check out the super cute straw slips (also great for stemware). They come in four patterns (pink and white stripes, tree branch whimsy, pink polka dot, brown polka dot) and have plenty of space to write guest names.

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And no need to fret over favors. These pink and white stripe owl couple candy bar favor wrappers are simple and a perfect treat.

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Or, use our cello bag toppers to package up other candies or favors that guests can take with them.

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You could even make owl cookies with our cookie cutters and place them in the cello bags. {wink}

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Just like the straw slips and candy bar favors, we used a pink and white stripe (same as the back of the invitation) pattern to embellish our owl couple napkin rings.

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And last but not least, if you’re feeling crafty, make a few of these DIY plush owls to set around your decor. Read more about them, including our free pattern template, in our earlier post. As always, I hope you’re inspired because this baby shower could be a real hoot!

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owl couple baby shower ideas

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Two things that are all the rage for baby showers right now are adorable owls and inviting the boys.

Our “owl couple” baby shower invitation is just too cute from dad’s blue wings to mom’s long eyelashes. This trendy invite coupled, no pun intended {wink}, with pink and orange accents makes for a beautiful and bright setting.

As for the boys, yes, we are inviting our men these days and sharing the spotlight. But remember ladies, just because they are on the guest list doesn’t mean that you have to give up all your girly things, but giving them a pass on the games would be nice of you! {giggle}

On the food, I’ve always found that showers, unless an intimate group, is best served by a cocktail station and an appetizer/treat buffet. Just make sure your mommy has some nice sparkling water to sip. And if you do decide to have a few treats in your menu, consider our fun baby bird egg cupcakes and baby themed sugar cookies (tips on flooding). They will have your mom-to-be glowing.

Tent – Karen Wise photography, Banner – Seven Cupcakes Etsy Shop, Cupcakes – Wish I knew who to give credit to, Plush Owl – mine {wink}, here are the instructions

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pull-a-part owl cupcakes

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I was browsing through my many Halloween decorating books for inspiration staging my own Halloween party this year and I ran across this great pull-a-part owl cupcake from Matthew Mead’s 2008 Halloween Tricks and Treats book.

So many of us are into owls right now and not just for Halloween. I myself have three invitations in my shoppe sporting this nightly creature. As is, this guy would be perfect for my campout invitation and with a few color changes and maybe a nicer demeanor he could be perfect for my owl fun birthday party or owl couple baby shower.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 30 unfrosted cupcakes
  • 4 cans icing
  • 2 chocolate glazed jimmy-topped donuts
  • 2 black jelly beans
  • Orange, red and brown gel food coloring
  • Resealable bags (freezer weight) with couplers
  • #199 fine cut tip
  • #2 and #5 round tips
  • Offset spatula

And here’s how you pull it together {wink}:

  1. Arrange cupcakes on large round platter (shown at 16″ diameter)
  2. Spoon 3/4 cup icing into a small bowl and tint with 23 drops of orange food coloring and 10 drops of red food coloring, mixing until blended for the beak. Spoon 1/4 cup frosting into a second bowl and tint with brown food coloring for accents. Take out 2 large dollops of icing and then tint the remaining 3 cups with 30 drops of orange food coloring, 9 drops of red food coloring and 6 drops of red food coloring.
  3. Fit a resealable bag witha  #199 tip. Fill the bag with the orange icing. Cover the top of the assembled cupcakes with “feather” peaks as shown. For each peak, hold the bag straight up with the tip against the cake; squeeze the bag, keeping the tip in the icing until the peak forms; stop the pressure and reposition the tip for the next peak. Work from the center out, rotating the plate; refill the bag as needed.
  4. Place the donut tops on the frosted cake for eyes. Remember those two large dollops of icing you kept out, now pipe them into the center of the donuts for the whites of his eyes and top them with a jelly bean. For the beak, use a spoon to place 3 dollops of frosting on the cake: start with a largish dollop near the eyes, then add 2 dollops below it, each smaller than the previous. Run the spatula under hot water until heated, dry thoroughly and use to contour the beak as shown.
  5. Fit another resealable bag with the #5 tip and fill it with brown icing. Hold the bag at a n angle and pipe the brown outline onto the cake as shown. Change the tip to a #2 and pipe on the squiggle details.

Enjoy and make sure and check out Matthew’s 2009 Halloween book. You can see a preview at MatthewMeadStyle.com.

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DIY plush owl

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For a photo shoot of our owl couple baby shower decor, I recently made a few plush owls… perfect for birthday party favors or as gifts for the little one that is soon to arrive. And the best part, you could even make these as a “no sew” project! Mine are sewn, but I’m just saying… you don’t have to. A little fabric glue and you’re in!

So here’s what you’ll need:

  • 2 coordinating fabrics (owl body and wings)
  • coordinating felt (eyes and nose)
  • batting
  • owl body template (to ensure that both sides are equal, print the template out and trace it side by side on wax paper)

And here are the super easy steps:

  1. Cut out the owl body from one fabric and the wings (just the bottom corners of your owl body) from a coordinating fabric. Sew the wings to the body.
  2. Cut out the eyes from coordinating felt; we did two sizes and layered the circles. Sew the eyes in place.
  3. Cut out a diamond shape nose from felt. Sew the nose in place.
  4. Place the front and back of the owl facing each other. Sew the owl body together (inside out) with a 1/4″ seam all the way around, leaving the bottom open.
  5. Turn your owl right side out. You may need to use a pencil to poke the ears out.
  6. Stuff the owl with batting and close the bottom of the owl with a needle and thread… or fabric glue. {wink}

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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owl inspired

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I came across these fun felt owls and cute owl cupcakes this morning and wanted to share. Unforatunately I don’t have step-by-step instructions on these… yet. {wink}

The fat little owl craft is from lerylin2, a reader on Martha Stewart.com. Her homemade hoots won a recent contest. She does tell us that she used styrofoam and felt. The pattern looks fairly easy from the image. I think I’ll try it out.

The cupcakes are from Gathering Manna {a recipe blog}, where she not only shows the cupcakes but her table for a owl themed baby shower. You must check it out.

Both of these go beautifully with our owl baby shower couple theme. {wink}

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