Thursday, September 27, 2012

Homemade Handprint Owl Art

There was a blank wall right by my kitchen that I had been wanting to fill ever since we moved into this house four years ago.  The empty space was in perfect view from my green chair and once I put my cozy fall decorations up a couple weeks ago, the spot seemed extra empty!  I was having no trouble finding artwork to put there, I was just having trouble finding funds to pay for it!  So I went to Hobby Lobby with a 40% coupon, came home with a pack of two large canvases for $4.79, and decided to try to make something creative using the kids' handprints.  I am not an artist by any means, but I looked online for inspiration, used little hands and paints supplies we already had, and came up with this very simple owl painting...

And I really love it!  It was incredibly easy.  I started by painting the canvas yellow (my favorite color) and painting owl forms, one brown and one gray.

I then painted white circles for eyes and orange triangles for beaks.

I added dots in the center of the eyes for pupils, and painted two simple branches for the owls to perch on.

Then came the fun part.  I used Trevor's handprints to make green feathers on the gray owl, and Madi's handprints to make orange feathers on the brown owl.

Our handmade, handprinted artwork is now a charming addition to our autumn nest!

Jimmy hung it up in that empty space and it fits perfectly!  Now I have the sweetest view from my green chair!  After we made our owl art, Madi also painted a picture for her teacher, who loves owls and decorates their classroom with them.  It was just precious and painted with much, much love.

It is now hanging on the wall of her classroom!

Speaking of classrooms, I spent my morning subbing in 4th grade.

My entire afternoon teaching back to back piano and vocal lessons.

And my evening at church for band practice.

I'm a tired girl!

So, goodnight!  Sleep tight!  Do something creative with your kiddos this weekend to add color to your home!  They'll feel so special being a part of it.

1 comment:

  1. Those are adorable!! There's nothing like family-made decorations around the house. :) I also really like your fall tree with the owlets!