The inspiration for this project was an article and set of instructions in a recent issue of Burda Craft magazine. In the accompanying photos the finished owls looked awesome and I immediately thought that my students would love to recreate them. However the article gave no indication of the mammoth task. Now that we've finished we're delighted with the finished product and think that it was worth the effort.
If you are interested in trying this project you may be interested in the following suggestions.
- Blowing the balloon up half way will give you a more manageable owl.
- We found that making the legs, attaching them to the bird and then getting the owl to stand were the most challenging parts of the project.
- The top of the legs is similar to a paper clip and is inserted into an empty space. It is essential to reinforce that bottom of the bird to make it strong enough to support the legs.