January 24, 2013

Valentine Pillow Box Owl

Hello! I am so happy to be posting here and want to say thank you to Shelia for having me:) I'm Leah from Paperblossoms and for my project I wanted to share with you my process for making a sweet pillow box owl. I think this would be the cutest Valentine project or for birthday favors or just a cute just because gift. Let's get started!

I chose Kraft as my base color and used my Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge from CTMH to cut the pillow box. The cut is found on page 28 and I cut mine at 6". My favorite adhesive for boxes and such is Scor Tape as it's no wait time for drying and it holds really, really well.  I scored all my lines and after adhering it together you get......

this :)  Now we are starting to get to the fun part! Now you want to cut all the fun details that will bring your little owl to life.

For the scalloped borders I cut them using the Art Philosophy cart again, page 65 cut at 1" two times. I looked through some different cuts for my eyes and found these in the Artiste cartridge (also CTMH) and realized that if you didn't turn them to be scary, they are sweet, scalloped eyes. The eyes are found on page 77 cut at 1" with the Real Dial Size ON.  The heart,, which is for the owls feet, is also from the Artiste cart, page 66, cut at 1" with the Real Dial Size ON. Finally, for her little beak I just hand cut a small triangle out of the same paper that matched her feet.

I wanted to not have all the elements be flat, so to get some more dimension I just took a round tool, you could use anything...a pencil, pen, etc. and curled the heart, which are the feet, and after trimming all the scallop borders down to the size to fit across the box that will make the feathers, I curled them too.

Once everything was curled I was ready to start assembling all the pieces onto the pillow box. For the feet I glued them to the bottom of one end of the box being sure to leave the scalloped part of the heart hang over to give kind of a perching effect.

Next, I adhered the scallop borders for the feathers. My favorite adhesive for things like this is Scotch Quick Dry Glue. I find mine at Target or Michaels.

Once the eyes and beak are glued on you have a very basic owl. But, she looks a little naked to me ;) So I got to work on all the fun embellishments of some ribbon, flowers, a button and what girl can go without some sparkle?!

This little sweetie is going to my daughter for Valentines day filled with some fun treat. I hope you enjoyed the process of my pillow box owl! I think they would be just as cute if made up for a boy....which I have two of so I'll be working on those next. Thanks for stopping by! hugs.....
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