For the Owlets

WELCOME TO OUR "FOR THE OWLETS" PAGE!

Here you'll find fun craft ideas and family projects for the Young (and Young at Heart) ... enjoy!

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ROADSCHOOL AMERICA COLORING SHEET

The Walker family (with two parents, three feisty kids, and a dog) are out exploring the country in their 1981 Holiday Rambler. They are excited to be on the road and happy to share their journey with the Owl Creek Gazette!  Krysta Walker has been writing about their family adventure in our publication and we're pleased to share their Roadschooling Coloring Sheet (designed by their friend Leah Blodgett) for owlets of all ages to enjoy.  

So ... have fun decorating this RV, drawing your family on a road trip, and imagining the path you and your family would take if you traveled across the country!  To download and print out the coloring sheet, simply click on the Roadschool America RV image below. 





For more information on Roadschool America, visit their website HERE.
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MAKE YOUR OWN OWL TOTEM POLE CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS

Click HERE for the template and instructions on how to make these cute little owl ornaments for your Christmas tree ... or any other fun use you might have in mind for this owl totem pole, compliments of the Owl Creek Gazette!



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MAKE YOUR OWN 2015 OWL LOVER CALENDAR 

Each year we share the wonderful Owl Calendar from our friends at My Owl Barn with our Owl Creek Gazette readers and friends.  Whether you download a pre-made calendar or create one of your own, whether you make the calendar for yourself or make and extra one to give as a gift -- this is a wonderful project and it's FREE!  
Click HERE to make your own Owl Lover Calendar for 2015!


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MAKE YOUR OWN CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS

During our "Old Fashioned Christmas in July" event, held at the Owl Creek Gazette office on July 25th and 26th, we shared two crafts with folks in attendance -- A Shining Star and a Cornucopia -- courtesy of The Toy Maker, for the kids to take home and enjoy making.  For friends and readers who couldn't join us in person for this "holiday" happening, we wanted to make these crafts available here on our "For the Owlets" page, so everyone could join in the Christmas in July fun!  Our tree on the right dons its handmade shining star and green cornucopias filled with pine cones and greenery.













           








Download this Shining Star 
HERE.





 

















Download instructions to make this Cornucopia HERE.



PLUS here's the recipe for these aromatic Cinnamon Christmas Tree Ornaments courtesy of Linda Kessler. 




Take 1/2 cup very thick apple sauce or apple butter (I use apple butter because it is thicker) plus 1/2 cup to 1 cup spices such as cinnamon and all spice. Stir together. 
Cover with saran wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes. 
Sprinkle baking cocoa or more spices onto a flat surface. 
Cut dough in half, placing half of the dough back in the refrigerator and the other half onto the sprinkled surface. 
Roll out dough to 1/8" to 1/4" thick. 
Using cookie cutters cut out shapes, placing them on parchment lined cookie sheets.
Repeat with remaining dough. Use a straw to cut holes toward the top of each ornament. 
Heat oven to 250 degrees. Dry ornaments until hard, about 30-45 minutes. Or place ornaments in food dehydrator.  
NOTE: On the ornaments, you can replace 1/4 cup of the spices with 1/4 cup of sifted baking cocoa if you'd like.
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 INTRODUCING CREEKSIDE CHRONICLES:
A New Children’s Series in the Owl Creek Gazette 
Created by Co-Editor Jan Stover


 My mother was a wonderful storyteller. She wove magical tales for my brother and I when we were kids and did the same for her two grandchildren when they were little tykes.  I still remember many of Mom’s stories, including the watercolored wings of Perry Fairy and Mary Fairy and the giraffe with a neck kids loved to slide down. 

Building on Mom’s story telling talents and combining my own wonderful childhood, the wonderful years of parenting our sons, Zac and Gabe, and of course, the charm that runs throughout the waters and on the banks of every creek ... I have lovingly and enthusiastically  created the story of the Jansen kids: Janie, Jake and Jeffrey.


So grab your kiddos and share the mysteries, magic, lessons and principles that Janie, Jake and Jeffrey discover here at the Creekside Chronicles and make memories with your own children and grandchildren as we all explore The Creek each month together. -- Jan Stover


JUNE AT THE CREEK WITH JANIE, JAKE  AND JEFFREY

Janie, Jake, and their big brother, Jeffrey, could hardly wait to head down to the creek. They raced through the kitchen, out on to the back porch, screen door slamming behind them as they called to their mom, "We'll be home before dark".  

The Jansen kids loved spending time outdoors, and the meandering creek which ran between their parents' and grandparents' property was their favorite spot in all the world. Though it was just down the hill and on the other side of the berry patch from their house, it was like entering a separate little universe, one that shared its secrets with the children and animals who visited its banks.

Janie and Jake followed as Jeffrey led the way through the trampled down path, all three laughing and singing, "We love the flowers, we love the daffodils, we love the mountains, we love the rolling hills, we love the campfire, when the lights are low ... boom diada, boom diada, boom diada boom, boo-boo-boo-boom."

When they reached the creek, they kicked off their shoes and socks and waded in, feeling the mud squish between their toes. This always made Janie giggle   and her giggles made her brothers smile. The water was just up to their ankles, and crystal clear, after they stopped squishing their toes and let the mud settle. Multi-colored pebbles lay at the bottom of the creek bed looking like pastel jewels that had fallen out of a treasure chest.  All three children collected a handful of pebbles, putting them into their pockets for future use.

They stopped to watch as several dragonflies flitted near the water, lighting on rocks just long enough to give the three children a chance to marvel at the beautiful colors that glistened on their fairy-like wings. The wings reminded Janie of the stained glass windows she had watched her mom and grandma make for gifts last Christmas.

Just then a cool summer breeze danced its way down the creek, reminding Jake of the sail boats Jeffrey had promised to help he and Janie build. Jake could just imagine how such a soft breeze would be perfect for a sail boat adventure and he anxiously asked, "Jeffrey, can we start building our sail boats just as soon as we get home from the creek?"  Jeffrey, with his dad's guidance, had built a sail boat that won first place at their County Fair's new "recycled creations" division and was viewed by his younger brother and sister as the family sail boat building expert. "Maybe, said Jeffrey, "but first, we'll have to dig through our recycling tubs to see what's there."  Jake and Janie began talking about all the things they could use to make a good sail boat and how they could each decorate their own sail. Jake announced suddenly that he was going to paint an owl on his boat and Janie said she'd like to have the sun and stars on hers. Although Jeffrey was more concerned with the speed and agility of his sail boat, he found himself contemplating possible colors and artwork that would make his boat a unique one-of-a-kind creation too.

The children continued daydreaming about their sail boats as they walked down the creek, splashing and playing, until they came upon the old weeping willow tree that sat on the right hand side of the narrowest part of the creek. Excitedly, they climbed up the bank, grabbed a branch of that steadfast old willow and swung across the creek one after the other, and sometimes all at once. As they swang back and forth across the creek, laughing and hollering, Janie, Jake, and even Jeffrey pretended to be everything from monkeys to pirates until they were too tired to swing any more. 

The three of them were spread out in the grass, looking up at the sky and catching their breath, when they heard two voices calling their names, "Jeffrey, Jake, Janie". Looking up, they saw their Grandma and Grandpa headed their way, taking turns carrying their favorite old picnic basket. Whenever the children saw that particular picnic basket, they knew Grandma and Grandpa had been making something tasty to share. Sure enough, the basket was full of freshly baked monster cookies and homemade turkey jerky. There was enough daylight left for the five of them to sit down and enjoy a snack ... and there were enough cookies and jerky to take some home for their mom and dad to enjoy.  With some big hugs and thank yous to their grandparents, the Jansen kids headed back up the creek, arriving home before dark as they had promised.


And though it was too late and they were too tired to begin building sail boats that evening after they gotten back home ...promises were made to start working on such projects the very next day. They knew the creek would be waiting for them and their sail boats adventures!



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SPROUT YOUR OWN TASTY AND NUTRITIOUS SPROUTS!
Click on written instructions below for an easier read.

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MAKE YOUR OWN 2014 OWL LOVER CALENDAR
courtesy of our friends at  My Owl Barn






My Owl Barn is proud to present its fourth annual Owl Lover Calendar to all the owl lovers. Owl Lover 2014 Calendar is growing every year and this year's calendar has 50 artworks from talented artists from all over the world! This is a huge accomplishment for everyone involved!

To take a peek and make your own calendar from the gallery of 50 images you can download it for free. There is a pre-made version of the calendar ready to be downloaded with hand picked artwork for each month. But, what makes this project special is that you can pick and choose the images you love the most from our gallery and create your own calendar. The calendar will make an awesome Christmas gift for your friends and family or for yourself! If you want to print just one month and use it as a gift tag, you can do that as well.


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PEACE PILGRIM COLORING BOOK AND COLORING PAGE

We invite you to download and enjoy this coloring book, "Peace Pilgrim: A True Story for Young People" courtesy of The Friends of Peace Pilgrim.

In addition to enjoying the coloring book in its entirety, we invite Owlets of ALL ages to print out and color page 24
in the coloring book and bring the finished colored page into the Owl Creek Gazette office (208 South Second Street in Greenville, IL ) starting on Saturday, September 21st through Saturday, September 28th as we will be displaying this artwork on our windows in support of the 6th Annual Peace Pilgrim Celebration.

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Ellen's creation: An Owl Creek Gazette t-shirt!
EASY BATIK PRINTING  
contributed by Ellen Ludwig, Greenville, Illinois

Batik Printing: A technique of hand-dyeing fabric using wax or a wax-like substance as a dye repellent to cover those parts of the fabric not to be dyed.

Materials needed:
1. Solid colored t-shirt (light colors work best)
2. Dye
3. Water
4. Elmer's school gel glue
5. Plastic lid or similar item
6. Gloves

Directions:

1. Prep shirt or other item in cool water. Let dry completely. (Note: The point of “prepping” the shirt by placing it in water and letting it dry is to remove wrinkles, making a flat surface to work with). 
2. Put plastic between layers of the shirt.
3. Using the glue gel and some creativity make your print. Writing a favorite quote also makes a cool print. The glue works as a resist.
4. Let completely dry and prepare your dye bath.
5. Soak item in the dye bath to reach your desired color. Keep in mind that once dried the color will be 2-3 shades darker.
6. Once dry, soak in cool soapy water for 15 minutes to wash out extra glue. Wash and dry according to clothing directions and enjoy your creation! 


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GENEALOGY FORMS and Websites


Genealogist Ray Litzau, spoke of the following forms: 1) The Pedigree Chart,  2) The Family Group Sheet and 3) The Relationship Chart in his article in the March 2013 issue of the OCG "Genealogy - The Study of Family Origins and Histories". These forms will also be explained during his September 14th presentation, "Finding Our Foundations" held at the Owl Creek Gazette office, 208 South Second Street in Greenville, IL as part of the OCG's Second Saturday Series.  

We wanted to provide these forms for our readers' (and any beginning genealogists') convenience as genealogy makes for a great family project!

Download forms HERE


PLUS in the September 2013 issue of the Owl Creek Gazette, Ray mentioned a list of 100 valuable websites for any genealogist to peruse. Folks can find that list HERE.

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BUILD A "BUDDY BURNER"
Buddy Burner is a 
nickname for this portable, inexpensive, easy to make cook stove which appeared in the July 2013 issue of the Owl Creek Gazette courtesy of Dave Dooly.




* Gather two cans, one the size of a normal 15 oz standard green bean can, and the other, a gallon size #10 can you might see in the bulk foods section or in college cafeterias.
* Remove the lid of the larger can and along the sides of the bottom of the can, make 6 to 8 openings with an old fashioned piercing can opener tool.
* Next, along the bottom of the can, make two slits up the side two inches apart and two inches long with some metal cutting sheers.  Pry this up into a right angle “flap” in the side of the can.  This is the air inlet, and positioning handle. Pliers would be used to hold this flap while the unit is in operation as it's hot to hold.  
* Cut some cardboard, crossed grain, the width equal to the height of the small can.  You want to see the holey edges of the cardboard when it's spiraled and tightly placed in the can.  
* In a double boiler, melt a pound or so of parafin wax and slowly pour it over the exposed cardboard allowing it to run into as many of the small holes as possible.  Be careful, it's hot! When cool, this completes the business end of the burner.
Ready to cook:
On a level surface like a flat rock, and away from other things that might burn, light the cardboard/wax burner with a few strategically placed wooden matches. Set the larger can over the smaller, and apply some butter to season. Wipe off and begin cooking.  The holes at the edge of the cooking surface allow the heat to rise inside the can, and stay at the top. Small pans can also be kept warm sitting on the stove.  

Dave recommended bacon first, then the eggs (using the grease from the bacon to cook the eggs). He also noted the importance of the flat surface as he and his buddy discovered by accident that an un-level surface can cause your eggs to slide right off.  

Note: Please be aware this project involves fire, hot wax, sharp metal and sharp cutting objects, and should only be done under the supervision of an experienced adult.

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SUMMERTIME SKIN CARE SUGGESTIONS 
courtesy of Nursing Student Ashley Wiedau
  
Homemade Facial Astringent: A quick, easy and beneficial recipe used for clearing up acne and removing excess perspiration, but reminds folks that two of the ingredients (Witch Hazel and Tea Tree Oil) can be drying, so use appropriately.  



* Mix equal parts of water and Witch Hazel  (approximately 2-3 ounces of each)
* Add 3 drops of Tea Tree Oil to mixture  

* Store in eyedropper bottle or convenient container
* Refrigerate
* Use cotton balls or cotton rounds and apply to face and chest.



Sunburn Suggestions (for minor sunburns):  Apply a cold milk-soaked washcloth to affected area, allowing washcloth to sit on skin a few minutes. Remove washcloth, allow milk to dry and then apply aloe vera. Remember to drink plenty of  water too ... hydration is key!

Poison Ivy (and its many itchy cousins): Pine Tar soap is great for washing off these plants oils. After washing and drying skin, apply the jewelweed plant to the itchy area 
(slice jewelweed stem open, and rub it directly on the exposed parts of the skin). Oatmeal baths also provide relief.

Spider Bites:  Smiles' Prid homeopathic Drawing Salve is great for healing spider bites -- and can even help draw out splinters. Just apply and cover with a loose fitting bandage.

For itchy mosquito bites: Camphor, eucalyptus, peppermint and with hazel are all products that help with itching.


Chigger Bites: Apply clear fingernail polish to the bite.  This will suffocate the little bug, and thus stop the irritation.

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ROCK ART ROCKS!

Gather friends together and have fun painting Peace and Freedom Rocks!

Items Needed:

Flat River Rocks
Colorful Paints or Paint Pens
Paint Brushes
Cup of Water and Paper Towels (for cleaning paint brushes)

For some extra fun ... Take your Peace and Freedom Rocks and place them here, there, and everywhere throughout your community so folks will come upon them by chance and be reminded of peace and freedom in places they might least expect it.




Above are some of the Peace and Freedom Rocks folks made at the Owl Creek Gazette!


  Why not try making these cute Owl Rocks too?!
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WOOD WORKING PROJECTS FROM THE NOTEBOOK OF ELZA HICKORYSHACK as seen in the Owl Creek Gazette.

Note: These projects, if undertaken by children, should be done with the assistance and guidance of an adult ... Elza's plans make for great family projects to be sure!


How to Build a Window Box:



How to Build a Barred Owl Nesting Box:





How to Build a Toy Box:




How to Build a Book Shelf:





Be sure to click on each image for a closer, larger look.

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PLANT A TREE FOR EARTH DAY AND ARBOR DAY 2013 COLORING PAGE
(as seen in the April 2013 issue of the Owl Creek Gazette)

Click HERE to download this coloring page






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MAKING NATURAL DOGGIE SNACKS
Recipe by Donna Thacker




Enjoy making these healthy and tasty natural doggie snacks with your kids for that special family pet! 

Basic Recipe
2 cups flour
1 cup of dry oatmeal
1/3 to 1/4th cup smooth peanut butter
½ tsp. pure vegetable oil (good for skin and coat)
1 and 1/4th cup hot vegetable or meat water (see note)

Note: When I boil potatoes, carrots, broccoli or cauliflower I save my vegetable water and use it to make the treats. I do the same if I boil chicken. Do not add any salt or spices to the veggies or
meat if you plan to use it to make treats. Be sure to strain the chicken water to assure there aren’t any tiny bones in the water. No sense pouring those excess vitamins down the drain, right? If you don’t have any veggie or chicken water, you can use plain hot water.
Mix all of the ingredients together in a large bowl. If it feels too sticky to be workable, I sprinkle in a little more flour. It should be the consistency of cookie dough.

Cookie Cutter Method: You can roll the dough out on a floured surface and use a small cookie cutter if you want cute little shapes. For the treats in the picture, I just happened to have a doggie shaped cookie cutter that I thought would be cute. You can use a small round cookie cutter or whatever you want to use. The rolled out dough should be about ¼ of an inch thick.


Drop Method: If you or your pet  aren’t particular about the shape, the drop method is the quickest. Drop small round balls of the dough onto a cookie sheet and press down with a fork, just like you do for real peanut butter cookies.  


Bake the dog treats in a 350 degree F oven until they are lightly browned, about 
30 minutes. Allow them to cool until you can handle them easily. My dogs are fairly small so I break the treats up into bite sized morsels as soon as I can handle them. The treats will harden as they cool so it’s easier to break them when they are warm.

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MAKING BATH SALTS:
Recipe by Roxanne Bare via the Second Saturday Series "Herbs for the Holidays" presentation.




Basic Bath Salts

1 cup course sea salt
1 cup Epsom Salt
2 tablespoons Baking Soda
10-12 drops Lavender Essential Oil

*Mix all ingredients together in a bowl (adding Essential Oil last), mix well.
* Place in a nice container with a well fitting lid.
* To use: Use ¼ cup of bath salts in warm bath water and enjoy a soak!


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WINTER CRAFT: MOON PHASES MOBILE
by Rebekah Dawn as seen in the January 2013 Issue of the Owl Creek Gazette.






This Winter Craft Moon Phases Mobile is ideal as a first grade craft that can be modified for any age.
Materials:
1) stick or wreath
2) yarn
3) embroidery thread (silver is lovely, grey 
or white, or a contrasting color like purple or blue...okay any thread will do)
4) white felt
5) a dark felt (purple, blue or black)
6) needle (a nice big embroidery needle is best for little hands, and it makes stringing that yarn a snap)
7) 
dried fragrant herbs if desired
8) a small amount of wool or soft 

9) stuffing if desired

Instructions:

* Cut two 'full moon' circles from the white felt.
* Laying the circles together, use your embroidery thread to stitch them together. I like to stuff the full moon with a little wool and some dried lavender.
* Cut two half moons or quarter phases from the white wool.
* Cut two full circles from the darker felt and then laying the waxing/waning moons on the dark felt, stitch those together.
Make sure your waxing/waning moons are oriented to different directions!
* You can cut as many phases as you want, and if you are using a circular wreath you could cut a "new moon" with 

two pieces of the dark felt and position it opposite the full moon. This could become an elaborate moon map 

depending on the age of your child.


* Use the yarn and an embroidery needle to attach the moons to your stick, wreath, dowel, or.... and enjoy!

Remember, even very young children can easily stitch through felt cloth. Let them do it!

Also ... don't forget to take advantage of these early winter sunsets. Get out and observe the beautiful night sky, watch the 

phases of the moon, learn some new stars and constellations!



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MAKE YOUR OWN HAPPY "OWL"-IDAY CHRISTMAS TREE ORNAMENT!

Click on and print out the Christmas Tree, Happy "Owl"-idays, and Santa Owl below.



You’ll also need:
1) Card Stock
2) Crayons and/or Markers
3) A Star Sticker
4) Scissors
5) Glue Stick
6) Hole Punch
7) Yarn


Instructions:
1) Print out images on card stock.
2) Next, color the Christmas Tree, Santa Owl’s presents, etc with crayons, marker and more
3) Cut out the images
4) Cut a piece of card stock whatever size, shape, and design you like to serve as a background for your Christmas Tree, Santa Owl and Happy Owl-idays images.
5) With a hole punch, punch a hole at the top of the cut card stock.
6) Glue images onto the cut out piece of card stock, arranging them any way you like. 
7) Place Star Sticker on top of tree.
8)  Tie yarn through the hole in card stock and hang on tree. 


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ENJOY ALL THE GREAT CRAFT PROJECTS in THIS 41 PAGE "DOUGH IT YOURSELF HANDBOOK" from Morton Salt  available online at: http://www.mortonsalt.com/Content/PDFs/Dough_It_Yourself_Handbook.pdf




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MAKE THIS GREAT 2013 OWL LOVER CALENDAR (and other cool owl items)



This is a fun and easy project for making and for gift giving.

A word from My Owl Barn who is responsible for the concept and creation of the 2013 Owl Lover Calendar:

"Just like before, you can make your own calendar from over 40 artworks from the gallery and download it for free. There is a pre-made version of the calendar ready to be downloaded with the hand picked artwork for each month. 
That's not all! You'll be able to download any number of calendar months you want. If you want to print just one month and use it as a gift tag, you can do that or you can print the entire calendar. The calendar will make an awesome Christmas gift for your friends and family or to yourself!"



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GROWING PUMPKINS (FROM A PUMPKIN)

You'll need:

Small to Medium Sized Pumpkin
Knife
Potting Soil (or dirt from your own backyard)
Water

Directions:

Cut off the top of the pumpkin
Leave seeds in the pumpkin
Add soil to cover seeds

Water, wait, and watch for the seeds to sprout!



For more information on this project, visit: http://www.growinginprek.com/pumpkins.htm



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MAKE YOUR OWN OWL MASK!

In our October 2012 issue of the Owl Creek Gazette, we've invited families to stop by our office during Greenville's Annual "Trunk or Treat" on October 26th -- and any little ones wearing an Owl Costume can have their photo taken and be entered in our drawing for a chance to win a Christmas Owl Ornament!

With that in mind, we'd like to offer up a little costume inspiration with the help of these free downloadable Owl Masks, courtesy of the website "Birdorable" at http://www.birdorable.com 

The faces of these cute owls (Barn and Barred) are ready to print out and wear for Halloween! The masks can be made to wear with the simple addition of some string -- or made masquerade-style, stuck on a stick. Just click on the link under each image to get your free downloadable masks!

http://www.birdorable.com/free/Birdorable_Barn-Owl-Mask.pdf

 

Happy H-OWL-OWEEN!
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A LITTLE APPLE MAGIC  















Here’s an Apple Print Craft that’s fun for the whole family.

1) Cut an apple in half by making a lateral cut, separating the top from the bottom.

2) Notice the "star" which the core and seeds forms in the apple.

3) With tweezers, remove the seeds.   

4) Place your favorite color(s) of tempera paint in a shallow container (a pie tin or styrofoam egg carton will work well).   

5) Paint the apple and then press onto a piece of paper, creating an apple “star” print.  Let dry and enjoy.



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MAKE YOUR OWN OWL BOOKMARK 

As seen in the August issue of the Owl Creek Gazette.






















You'll need:
Cardstock or heavy paper
Hole Punch
Decorating Materials; markers, glitter, yarn
Glue Stick

Instructions:
1) Click on bookmark pattern above to enlarge.
2) Print out bookmark on cardstock/heavy paper
3) Decorate book mark with markers, glitter, yarn, etc ...
4) Punch out hole at top of book mark
5) Loop yarn through hole and tie at top for easy use as a bookmark.

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HOW TO MAKE A SIMPLE APRON

by Leslie Whitney as seen in the July 2012 issue of the Owl Creek Gazette

This apron uses one yard of 45" wide material and a simple straight stitch.






Click on instructions below to enlarge for an easier read.






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HOW TO MAKE CAMPFIRE STARTERS


As seen in the June 2012 issue of the Owl Creek Gazette


















 

You’ll need:
1) Dryer Lint
2) Paper Egg Cartons -- Do NOT use styrafoam egg cartons
3) Old Candle Wax or Paraffin
4) Double Boiler of Microwave to Melt Wax

Directions:
1) Place dryer lint in egg carton filling each egg cell 1/2 full
2) Place the wax in a double boiler or large, microwave safe bowl. Heat the wax
on high at thirty second intervals, stirring often, until the wax is melted. 
3) Pour melted wax into each egg cell
-- NOTE: Owlets should have help with melting and pouring the wax!
4) Store the campfire starters in a cool, dry place.
5) When ready to start campfire, add 3 egg cells along with a bit of kindling for a
great campfire!

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MAKE YOUR MOM A MOTHER'S DAY CARD

Print out this cute little mama owl and use your imagination to create your mom a special Mother's Day card (works great for a gift tag too!)





 ... courtesy of the Owl Creek Gazette and My Cute Graphics


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 HOW TO BUILD A BOX KITE

 Building a Box Kite by Don Stover as seen in the March 2012 issue of the Owl Creek Gazette


Click on the instructions below to enlarge for an easier read.


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 MAKE A ST. PATTY'S DAY MOBILE

Click HERE to print the image below.


Instructions:

1) Color Rainbow, Pot of Gold and Leprechaun Owl
2) Cut each image out.
3) Use hole punch to punch out holes in each image.
4) Hang the Pot of Gold and the Leprechaun Owl from Rainbow with yarn.



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HOW TO MAKE AN ORIGAMI LEAP FROG

Fold a green 8 ½" x 11" piece of paper according to the directions below:

1) Fold and unfold the sheet paper in the fashion shown by the dotted lines in figure 1.
2) Fold paper in on the sides to form a triangle as in figure 2.
3) Fold the top left and right corners up as in figure 3.
4) Fold in the sides and tuck under the flaps formed by following figure 3 as shown in figure 4.
5) Fold the bottom of the paper up and back on itself to make an accordion fold
 
Note: You can draw on eyes or create them with additional green paper for a more realistic look.



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MAKE YOUR OWN SEED PACKETS

As seen in the January 2012 issue of the Owl Creek Gazette

Click on the Owl Creek Gazette Seed Packet below, print out the packet, fold the flaps in accordingly  (examples of folding flaps available via the charming and informative “Over the Garden Gate” site at: overthegardengate.com/cottage/seedpack.asp ) , glue flaps shut. Write the name of the seed (and date you stored the seed) on the packet via the available blank spaces on the owl image itself and you're good to go!


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MAKE AN OWL CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT

We recently welcomed kids and their parents to the Owl Creek Gazette office for an evening of  fun ... making Owl Christmas Ornaments during Greenville's Come Home for Christmas event.

For our readers who could not join us for this fun event,  below is our owl ornament template with instructions -- so you, too, can make an Owl Christmas Ornament to hang on your own tree this Christmas.

Things you'll need:

* Owl Ornament Template
* Markers and/or crayons
* Felt (or card stock) for backing
* Ribbon (or yarn, jute, etc)
* Scissors
* Hole punch
Instructions:

Step 1: Print out ornament template.
Step 2: Color/decorate owl.
Step 3: Cut out a backing for owl template from card stock, felt, etc ... making it a bit larger than the template itself so the backing can serve as a colorful border in addition to giving the ornament support.
Step 4: Glue decorated owl template to backing.
Step 5: Punch a hole at the top of your ornament for a piece of ribbon to be threaded through to serve as a hanger for your completed ornament.
Step 6:  Place on tree and enjoy.





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MAKE A GREAT 2012 OWL CALENDAR


The Owl Creek Gazette is a proud sponsor of the 2012 Owl Lover Calendar Project. Click on the owl image below, choose the pre-made calendar -- or for a bit more fun, design your own from the great owl artwork available -- then download the finished free calendar and print out your own unique 2012 Owl Calendar for yourself ... and perhaps another one for an owl loving friend!
 Owl Lover 2012 Calendar

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HOW TO MAKE A WISHBONE ORNAMENT













Things you'll need:



* Wishbones (saved year round from your whole chickens and/or  Thanksgiving turkey)
* Vegetable brush
* Fingernail polish and/or paint
* Glitter
* Ribbon
* Scissors

    Instructions:

    Step 1:
    Scrub wishbones lightly with vegetable brush and soapy water.
    Step 2: Rinse, pat dry and place on window sill to dry thoroughly.
    Step 3: Decorate wishbones with fingernail polish and/or paint (at least 2 coats). While still slightly damp, sprinkle with glitter.
    Step 4: Cut ribbon 3 to 6 inches long to make a bow and loop for hanging on Christmas tree (length depends on size of wishbone, Christmas tree and personal preference).
    Step 5: When wishbone is completely dry, tie ribbon on to the neck of the wishbone in a bow leaving ribbon ends long enough to be used to tied the wishbone onto the tree or as a decoration on a holiday package.
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    CARVE A PUMPKIN WITH A MESSAGE


    The art of carving pumpkins invites the kid in each of us to be creative ... and to have fun in the process. So kids, parents and grandparents, get out your carving tools, put your thinking caps on and conjure up a pumpkin that sends a message.

    Whether that message reflects the season with traditional jack-o-lantern faces, witches, or goblins, or whether the message might be more personal (one that promotes your family's business, your favorite organization or a cause you believe in) carve away and create a memorable "masterpiece” that welcomes friends and trick-or-treaters to your door.  




    We used the stencil below as a basic guide for our Owl Creek Gazette Pumpkin above.
    (click on the owl stencil for a printable version)




    For more FREE pumpkin carving OWL templates, visit http://www.myowlbarn.com/2011/10/free-halloween-pumpkin-carving-owl.html