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I'm Leah--wife, mother, editor, writer, photographer, and rickrack apologist. There's craftiness in my DNA, but between the kids and my work and the house and the television and my blogs (http://www.agirlandaboy and, among others), I have to keep my projects quick and easy if I hope to finish them before my boys (born December 2008 and July 2012) graduate from college. You're a working mom and you're busy too, but if you still want to get your craft on, join me here for some fun projects!

DIY Halloween Owls and Cats and Monsters (Oh My!)

Categories: glitter, no-sew, paint, upcycle

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Okay, okay, I know Halloween is still six weeks away, but since this craft requires you to save some supplies rather than just go out and buy them, I wanted to make sure you had plenty of time, especially since your kids will want to make a dozen of these. One is definitely not enough.


I love how endlessly customizable these owls are, but you also don’t have to make owls if you’re more of a cat or a monster person. Scroll down to see how great those turned out.

What you’ll need:

–empty cardboard tubes, from either toilet paper or paper towel rolls
–craft paint
–googly eyes
–craft glue
–construction paper or cardstock

Start saving your paper towel and toilet paper tubes now. When you have a good collection and your family is considering submitting your story to Hoarders, shape them into creatures by folding down the two sides of one end so they form pointy little ears.



Paint your tube according to what kind of creature you want to make. I used washable black tempura paint for the owls and cats, and my son had his heart set on a green monster with purple polka dots.


Allow your paint to dry and then glue on the details. We had googly eyes leftover from our pet rock project, but I also couldn’t resist these creepy peepers.


I mean, if you only get one eye, might as well make it a good one.


For the owl beaks, I cut triangles of different sizes out of neon orange cardstock. I bought the feathers in two sets: one of all black and one a mix of spotted brown, orange, and blue. Have fun combining different colors and sizes and positions of your creatures’ features to make each one an individual.



We made a kitty too. (I’m supposed to tell you she’s the treasured pet of the green spotted monster.) We sprinkled her with black glitter while the paint was still wet, and then after it was dry I drew on the mouth and whiskers with a white gel pen (which looked way better than my original plan to use tiny black pompoms to form the snout). A black pipe cleaner makes a very fine tail.


These are quick and easy to make, and they’d be a great activity for school or a Halloween party. If you’re worried about kids getting paint on their costumes, just pre-paint the tubes so all they have to do is the gluing part.

What a hoot! (I’M SORRY.)



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