Looking for something different to do outside this winter? Kids bored of the usual snowman? Why not try your hand at building a snowy owl instead. Not only do you end up with a unique yard decoration, it doubles as a bird feeder for your feathered friends!
|Isn't she cute?|
Thankfully, snowy owls form a pretty simple shape while sitting on the ground, making it easy to replicate. I used the photo below for reference just to help get the shape right and then "winged" (pun intended) it from there.
|Photo for Reference|
First, build your rough shape, an elongated lump of snow with a head. Once you have the basic shape you can carve out as many or as little details as you want, a wing, some eyes, the curve of the body, etc.
|Starting my snow owl.|
Next it's time for the black-oil sunflower. Using the reference picture again, spread the seeds on the back/sides of the owl to replicate the feather patterns, there's no right or wrong, go as sparse or as full as you like! I also used the seeds to make the nose/eyes, you could also use different seeds for the face, anything goes here.
|Filling in her feathers.|
Here are some photos of the finished product, including options for the face, and some feathered friends enjoying a snack.
If you make one of your own, we'd love to see photos! I hope you enjoy this fun project, happy birding! -- Jen