Cats might make you sneeze and toads are rather old-fashioned. What you really need…is an owl! This project (which is derived from these wrist parakeets) is designed to be simple, inexpensive, and a snap to assemble at large-scale events with minimal staffing. The owls were a huge hit at a Harry Potter event we did in 2007, and again in 2017 at Wand Works.
- 1 toilet paper tube
- Construction paper
- A selection of small feathers
- 1 pair of dot stickers (optional)
- 1 small triangle of self-adhesive foam or construction paper
- 1 pipe cleaner
- Scissors, tape, and hole punch for construction
- Brown or black markers
The color of your construction paper and feathers varies depending on the color of your owl. At our event, we offered both brown and white options.
Wrap a toilet paper tube with construction paper, then use tape (or glue) to attach feather wings and ear tufts. Use a marker to draw the owl’s eyes – or – use dot stickers for an extra pop of color. We added details to our sticker eyes with a Sharpie ultra fine point markers. Attach a small triangle of self-adhesive foam for the beak (or just use a snippet of orange or yellow construction paper).
The earlier incarnation of this owl project used different shades of brown construction paper for the owl’s head and its stomach:
But we simplified things further and just used markers to draw outlines of feathers on the owl’s chest. Finish by punching 2 holes on the bottom of the tube. Thread a pipe cleaner through the holes, then fasten the owl to your wrist. You’re ready for Hogwarts!