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I cut a few cute Lori Whitlock boxes on my Silhouette on Monday and decorated them for Valentine’s Day.

The original plan was to make 3X3″ cards and envelopes and package them in the boxes but (and I can’t tell you why) I decided I wanted to make some felt owls (so random!) to put in the boxes.

I looked at a few owls on Pinterest (which were all lovely) but really didn’t want to copy someone else (plus my cutting/sewing skills are a big fat ZERO) so I started sketching out a pattern when I realized it would be so much better if I could use steel dies to cut the felt pieces.

Long story short (sure…I’ll keep rambling for ages) I dug through my dies and found an apple shaped die (Spellbinders) that I got at Winners last year that “kind of” looked like an owl if you turned it upside down.  I cut out an apple and used the negative cut on some scrap paper to sketch out a design.  It worked!

Here is the end result (and my next post will be a tutorial but it might have to wait for the weekend as it will be a long one):

parliament

Pretty cute, hey? (NOTE: If you don’t know this -and kudos if you do – a “group” of owls is called a Parliament.)

They do take me about an hour each to make (including the felt-cutting time) but they’re fun to construct.  You can’t see it in the picture above but I’ve made them into ornaments by incorporating some baker’s twine hangers.

Oh, and remember the box I initially started off with?  Here’s what they look like all ready to receive an owl:

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…bird’s nests…

owl nests

Check back soon for my tutorial!