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Make a Walnut Shell Ornament With a Miniature Owl on a Perch
Handcrafted Christmas ornament of a miniature owl nesting in a half walnut shell.

Miniature handcrafted Christmas tree ornament of an owl made from air dry clay nesting in a half walnut shell filled with natural lichen and cones.

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This hand crafted ornament made from a walnut shell features an owl made from air dry clay, perched on a backdrop of natural materials.

To make the ornament, make a simple owl shape from air dry clay and press your fingers gently into the owls head to make two dishes for its eyes. Use a toothpick or a small tool (or beads) to make eyes in the center of the dished area. Use a toothpick or craft knife to make feather or wing markings on its body. Set the owl aside to dry.

Glue some natural materials, a bit of moss or lichen, some dried flowers or tiny cones into the half walnut shell as a backdrop setting the walnut shell so the pointed end faces up. Tie a knot in a piece of gold sewing or embroidery thread or ribbon, and glue it underneath the pointed end of the shell as you can see in the photograph. When the owl is dry, glue it towards the front of the walnut shell.

You can find information on how to go owling to see your local owls, plus lots more owl crafts and photos of various types of owls on the Birding.About.com website.

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