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Owl Masks

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Shopping at Michael’s one Saturday morning, I found these masks:

Owl masks

For $1 and a little painting time, I could make cute, fun playthings for my niece and nephew (currently 3 and almost 1, respectively). I couldn’t resist! If you’re looking for a fun project for you–or to do with your kids–these are available in an aisle full of wooden objects like this. Frog masks, pinwheels and wands are just a few of the other objects available.

My niece is very, very girly. For her 3rd birthday in February, I sent a tutu to her in Ohio, and I’ve seen it crop up in tons of pictures my sister-in-law has posted on Facebook. To be honest, I’m a little worried about her love affair with pink EVERYTHING, so I’ve been trying to branch out a bit, but still give her presents in colors she’d like. The tutu is purple, so I decided to paint her owl purple, too.

Purple owl maskBlue owl mask



I used four colors of purple acrylic craft paint (available at any craft store, priced about $1 each), and silver for the beak and around the eyes of my niece’s owl (on the left).¬†Three colors of blue paint decorate my nephew’s owl mask.¬†(If you notice, on my nephew’s mask the feet are also silver. I like that look better.)


These are slated for ages 3 and up, but I think that’s more of an interest thing that a danger thing. I’m hoping to encourage them toward creative play, so I’m loving these masks! I don’t want to get on a soapbox, but the gist is this: I dislike commercialism. I think it’s almost impossible to find any toys for children that don’t have licensed characters (Elmo, Barbie, Disney princesses, Cars, etc.) on them. So, I end up searching for months for presents that fit my criteria in places like Etsy and other handmade marketplaces. Or, I make items. I’m always looking for children’s project ideas, so if you’ve got one, send it my way!