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Ponderosa pine cones (You can buy a big bag of this type of
pine cone from a craft store at this time of year)
Lots of cotton balls or polyfill stuffing
Googly craft eyes
White and brown pipe cleaners for the wings and beak
Begin by choosing a pine cone that has a nice symmetrical
shape. Ponderosa pine cones work best for this project because they
have lots of open spaces to stuff the cotton balls.
Use a toothpick to spread a little bit of craft glue into the
crevices on the pine cone.
Stretch the cotton balls out and use the toothpick to stuff the
cotton into the crevices. Repeat until the entire pine cone is
covered in cotton and only the tips of the scales are peeking
Use craft glue to attach two googly eyes to the owl's
Cut out a 1½-inch piece of brown pipe cleaner and bend it in
half to create a "nose" shape. Dab a little bit of craft glue onto
each end and carefully place onto the cotton on the owl's face
until it sticks.
Finally, cut out two 3-inch pieces of white pipe cleaner to use
as "wings." Dab some glue onto one end of the white pipe cleaner
and insert into a crevice on one side of the owl's "body" until it
holds. Repeat on the other side of the owl to create the second