Rustic Owl Home Decor Trio

Rustic Owl Home Decor Trio

Posted by DecoArt on Oct 8th 2015

Have a hoot making unique, rustic owl home decor pieces using Americana Multi-Surface Acrylics.


    • water container
    • palette or plastic plate
    • paper towels
    • sandpaper
    • 1" flat brush
    • 1/2" flat brush
    • wood glue
    • Silhouette electronic cutting machine
    • twine
    • nails
    • wooden board
    • wood shape
    • clamp
    • jigsaw
    • plywood



    Let dry completely between painting steps.

    1. Cut out stencils using provided Silhouette file.
    2. Instruction #1
    3. Trace the full owl template onto a 2" x 8" board. Cut out using a jigsaw. Trace the top portion of the owls onto a 1" x 6" and cut out using jigsaw. Trace eyes onto plywood and cut out. Cut random triangles for noses out of plywood. Sand all pieces to remove any rough edges.
    4. Using a miter saw, cut shims into 1-2" lengths. you only want the skinny portions of the shim, so discard the rest.
    5. Instruction #3
    6. Begin with the large owl. Layer pieces of shim until entire bottom portion of the owl body is covered. Begin with the bottom of the owl and work upwards, gluing each piece with wood glue. If needed, break shims apart with fingers to better fit the sides. Angle each shim so the thick part of the shim is closest to the bottom of the owl.
    7. Instruction #4
    8. Apply wood glue to the top portion of the owl. Use clamps to hold in place.
    9. Instruction #5
    10. Repeat process for remaining owls. Clamp until dry.
    11. Instruction #6
    12. Mix Bittersweet and Steel Grey together to get a lighter version of Bittersweet. Make enough to cover all owls. Paint owls with 1" brush; be sure to paint all visible surfaces.
    13. Instruction #7
    14. Paint the eyes Bittersweet. Distress by dry brushing Dolphin on top. It is best to start with very little paint and add more if needed. Repeat with another layer using Vanilla Shake.
    15. Instruction #8
    16. Mix Paprika, Bittersweet, and Vanilla Shake to get a muted orange color. Paint noses. Drybrush Dolphin over noses once dried.
    17. Instruction #9
    18. Using a similar distressing technique as with eyes, paint over the surface with Bittersweet. Once dried, apply Dolphin, Vanilla Shake, and Cotton Ball (allowing paint to dry between colors).
    19. Instruction #10
    20. Using your fingers, make three loops with twine. Make the first loop just bigger than the eye. Make the next loops slightly larger than the previous loop. Set where the eyes will be. Put a dab of wood glue twine and place eye on top of it. Hammer in a nail (carpet tack shown) for the center of the eye, allowing it to stick out a little. Repeat with nose.
    21. Instruction #11
    22. Wrap twine a few times around the middle portion of each owl and tie a knot.
    23. Instruction #12


    Owls Cut File