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Sonoma Family Life Magazine


By Jemma Westing

It’s really quick and easy to transform a cardboard tube into one of these lovable owls. Making a few simple cuts into the tube will give your owl feet, a beak, and wings!

You will need

Cardboard tube





All you need to do is cut, fold, and paint a cardboard tube.

Difficulty level: Easy

1 First, make the owl’s feet. Gently flatten your tube and draw four short lines, spaced apart as shown. Make cuts along all four lines.

2 The cuts that you have made will create two flaps. Fold these flaps outward and away from the tube to make the owl’s feet.

3 Now that you have folded the feet over, trim around the base of the tube. Cut away any cardboard that is below the level of the feet.

4 To finish making the feet, draw zigzag lines on the end of each foot. Carefully cut along the lines to give your owl nice pointed talons.

5 Next, make the owl’s beak. Using a pencil, carefully draw a V shape in the center of the tube.

6 Squeeze the tube a little to help you cut along the two lines. Then pry out the beak and gently fold it up away from the tube, making sure it doesn’t tear.

7 To make the owl’s head, press down the front and back edges of the top of the tube. Then fold them inward to form a curved head shape.  

Images and text of Out of the Box reprinted by permission of DK, a division of Penguin Random House LLC. Copyright © 2017 by Jemma Westing.