Nowadays I am always thinking about service projects that my Girl Scouts can do during the holidays. Who wants to get crafty? My Girl Scouts do and we made DIY Valentine Owl for a senior church luncheon. The senior citizens at the luncheon are so happy to see fun crafts made for them and my girls love making these projects for them.
I always search Pinterest for ideas and finally found one that age appropriate and one that I already had all the supplies on hand. After all, who doesn’t have 60 toilet paper rolls hanging around for the right project? We’ve actually been saving toilet paper rolls for some time now. I had no idea how many we actually had until I was looking at projects online.
Once I found a fun and easy craft that I knew 14 girls could get behind, I was pretty sure I had everything on hand. This was one of the easiest projects we have done knowing that we needed so many in such a short period of time. We were able to make 58 owls with our supplies and the girls could have kept making them if we didn’t run out.
Here’s what you need to make toilet paper owl…
- Toilet paper rolls
- Wiggly eyes
- Modge Podge
- Glue stick
- Paintbrush (I actually like the foam brushes)
- Foam stickers
Here’s how you make a cute Valentine Owl with your supplies…
- Coat your toilet paper roll with mod podge. Wrap your toilet paper rolls in the cardstock. Use clothespins to hold it together. It will dry very fast, so work quickly. Once dry, fold in the top of the toilet paper roll as if you’re wrapping a present. Leave the end sticking up to create the Owl ears.
- Cut out heart shapes for wings. Glue to the sides of the toilet paper roll. We used glue dots and glue sticks.
- Cut out circles and glue the wiggly eyes to them. Once dry, glue onto the center front of the owl face.
- Cut out triangles for a beak. Glue just below the eyes.
- We cut out little hearts and used foam stickers to add a message at the bottom of the owl.
The nice thing about this project is it isn’t messy. The kids can use glue dots or glue sticks for most of the parts. The owls also stand up on their own making it easier for smaller hands to work with. All of our supplies were different, no two owls alike around here!
It’s hard to imagine something so small can mean so much to someone. This Valentine’s Day, there will be an entire group of senior citizens who will get a special treat from their local Girl Scouts. If you want to make these for a class project, consider stuffing the roles with candy or stickers. Now your Owl takes on a whole other meaning!