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Make an Owl from Recycled CDs

Are birds munching up your garden? Are they flying into your glass windows by mistake? Bright light reflects off this owl’s CD-eyes to help scare away approaching birds.

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Participant Age: Under 7, 7 to 12
Approximate Cost: Under $10
Duration: 1 to 60 minutes, Over an hour
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Physical Challenge:
  • 2 CDs
  • Sheet of light brown craft foam and scraps of dark brown and black craft foam
  • Craft glue
  • 2 extra-large googly eyes
  • Hole punch
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • 1 foot piece of thin ribbon or string
Make the owl's eyes
Lay the CDs in the center of the light-brown craft foam. Glue in place. Glue a wiggle eye in the center of each CD. Let dry for several hours.
Make the head
Draw an oval with “ears” around the outside of the CDs and cut it out.
Make the forehead
Cut out a large triangle from dark-brown craft foam. Glue it on top of the CDs.
Make the beak
Cut out a beak shape from black craft foam. Then glue it on top of the dark-brown triangle. Let forehead and beak dry for several hours.
Add ribbon so you can hang it up
Punch a small hole at the top of the head. Thread a piece of ribbon through it and tie the ends in a knot. Now your owl is ready to hang up.
Use your owl to protect birds from windows
Dangle this watchful owl from a window latch, and backyard birds might think twice before flying into the glass. Or if birds are destroying your vegetable garden, hang your owl from a nearby post.

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