November 1, 2012

Owl-Themed Christmas Ideas (Swell Noel #1)


Our first day of the Swell Noel 2012 series has arrived, and the sweet and talented Traci from Beneath My Heart is here to share some darling owl-themed Christmas ideas that I know y’all are going to love!


Hello!  I am so happy to be kicking off Amy’s Swell Noel series!

I participated in it last year and was excited to be asked back again.

So, “whooooo’s” ready to start talking about Christmas?!  Believe it or not, I am!

I am “owl”-ways ready to talk about Christmas.  Are you?

I actually have a Christmas tree up and decorated in my home already.  People may think I’m crazy, but I don’t give a “hoot!”


Are you catchin’ a theme in this post?


Yep… Owls!


Do you know the Legend of the Christmas Owl?



Here it is:

 “I’m a little Christmas Owl. Please hang me in your tree. I won’t say much while I’m here, but my eyes have much to see. When Santa starts to check his list, you know he checks it twice. He sends an owl to be his eyes and see whooo’s naughty and nice! So, every time you see an owl with his eyes so wide and bright… be on your best behavior for that owl is Santa’s sight!”

I am loving me some owls right now!  I have some owl ornaments on the Christmas tree that I already have up in our master bedroom.  {I had to put it up early for a post I was doing for Home Depot.}

The tree topper I made is actually an owl too.

So I did a little early Christmas wrapping and carried on with the owl theme.

I wanted to share with you some easy Christmas wrapping ideas.

Christmas wrapping ideas

An inexpensive way to wrap Christmas presents is to use brown packaging paper.  I got my roll of brown paper at the dollar store.

Next, I used some black and white plaid ribbon to tie bows on my packages.

To coordinate with the decorations on my tree, I added some white feathers.  I bought a package of feathers for a little over a dollar at Michael’s.

Christmas wrapping ideas

The greenery and red berries that I added to the package in the above picture were Christmas decorations I had left over from last year.  I believe I purchased them at Hobby Lobby.

I made the black owl with my Silhouette machine.  I made the owl cutout and then sprayed it with chalkboard spray paint.  {You could just use black paper if you wanted to.}  Then I used chalk to draw the eyes and wings.

Christmas wrapping ideas

On another package, I used a white cutout of an owl and attached two red jewel eyes with my glue gun.  I also added a feather to the bow for a touch of whimsy.


Christmas wrapping ideas

You could write something cute on the tag like this, if you wanted to…

Christmas wrapping ideas

Lastly, I just added some feathers and a red jewel to the middle of my bow to coordinate with the other packages.

Christmas wrapping ideas

I just love my cute little Christmas packages.  Smile

Christmas wrapping ideas

Well, I couldn’t say goodbye to my owl obsession just quite yet.

I decided to make an owl ornament as well!

mod podge owl ornament

All I needed to use was a plastic ornament, ripped book pages, an owl cutout, Mod Podge, ribbon, and jewel eyes.

Owl 004

This project was sooooo easy and something that your children would love to help you make.  {Because it is messy!}

I took a plastic gold ornament and covered it with Mod Podge.


mod podge owl ornament

Next, I covered the ornament with strips of ripped book paper.  Once I covered the whole ornament with book pages, I put another layer of Mod Podge on top of the book pages.

Then I added my owl cutout to the ornament and applied some more Mod Podge on top of that.

mod podge owl ornament

After the ornament was dry, I used my glue gun to attach some black ribbon to the gold piece on the top.  Next, I tied a red ribbon to the top and added adhesive jewels to the owl for eyes.  {I got the adhesive jewels last year from Hobby Lobby.}

mod podge owl ornament

Isn’t he sweet?!

Well, I am finished with owls for now, but I am keeping my eyes out for some more “owl”-trageous projects for the future.

I found a few already that I want to share with you.  Just click on each picture to visit the original source.

Owl Punch Gift Tag

owl gift tag


Owl Christmas Gift Tags {Etsy}

owl Christmas gift tags


Holly Owl Personalized Merry Christmas Tags or Package Labels {Etsy}

owl Christmas gift tags



Thank you for letting me share my projects with you today!

I hope you come visit me sometime over at Beneath My Heart!  I share posts about our home renovation, DIY projects, crafts, recipes, and more!


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Have a blessed day!



Thank you so much to Traci for stopping in today to share these darling ideas! A Swell Noel will continue tomorrow, and don’t forget to have your handmade holiday gift ideas ready to link up in the PS Handmade Holiday Gift Idea exchange, which kicks off tomorrow, as well!

Amy @ Positively Splendid

Amy @ Positively Splendid

Having grown up in a home brimming with sewing notions and paintbrushes, Amy has a deep love for all things creative. On any given day, you'll find her knee-deep in her latest creative endeavor, with projects ranging from sewing and crafts to home decor and kid-friendly ideas. Amy believes that everyone, regardless of skill level or experience, possesses the ability to create something beautiful, and Positively Splendid was born of her passion for helping others harness their innate creative potential.
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20 Responses to Owl-Themed Christmas Ideas (Swell Noel #1)

  1. Vanessa November 1, 2012 at 7:55 am #

    I love owls and these are fun and great ideas! Have to try these this year. Have a great week


    • Amy @ Positively Splendid November 1, 2012 at 8:01 am #

      Thanks, Vanessa!

  2. Ashley November 1, 2012 at 8:30 am #

    These are adorable! Love it!!

    • Amy @ Positively Splendid November 1, 2012 at 9:29 am #

      Thank you, Ashley!

  3. Bonnie and Trish @ Uncommon November 1, 2012 at 9:40 am #

    This is such a cute idea and the ornament is adorable!!

    • Amy @ Positively Splendid November 1, 2012 at 12:22 pm #

      Isn’t it, though? I just love owls!

  4. Crystal November 1, 2012 at 1:13 pm #

    I’m in love with owls!! Great ideas for using them with Christmas decorations!! Love the ornaments!!

    • Amy @ Positively Splendid November 2, 2012 at 6:36 am #

      I love the ornaments, too, Crystal!

  5. Mary@athomeonthebay November 1, 2012 at 4:14 pm #

    Super cute ideas!

    • Amy @ Positively Splendid November 2, 2012 at 6:35 am #

      Thanks so much, Mary!

  6. Katie November 1, 2012 at 6:44 pm #

    I could not sign up to receive your blog in my email. It said, not activated, when I tried

    • Amy @ Positively Splendid November 2, 2012 at 6:33 am #

      Thanks for letting me know, Katie! I’ll look into that ASAP.

  7. Deborah November 1, 2012 at 7:09 pm #

    I’m new to your blog and I really enjoy your posts. I’m interested in making the Christmas list ornaments. Which manual die cut machine do you use. Thanks for sharing your great ideas.

    • Amy @ Positively Splendid November 2, 2012 at 6:33 am #

      Hi, Deborah! I used the Epic machine from Lifestyle Crafts for my manual die cutting projects. I love it! Thanks so much for stopping in.

  8. Becky November 1, 2012 at 7:35 pm #

    I love your blog! I am going to follow. You have such neat items to make! I love owls too.

    • Amy @ Positively Splendid November 2, 2012 at 6:32 am #

      Thanks so much, Becky!

  9. Shirley November 1, 2012 at 8:43 pm #

    So cute. Thanks for sharing.

    • Amy @ Positively Splendid November 2, 2012 at 6:31 am #

      Thank you, Shirley!

  10. JuneA** November 2, 2012 at 3:49 pm #

    Isn’t Traci amazing?

    • Amy @ Positively Splendid November 2, 2012 at 5:02 pm #

      She certainly is! 🙂 registered & protected

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