Are birds munching up your garden? Are they flying into your glass windows by mistake? If you have either problem, you need Scare Owl! Bright light reflects off this owl’s CD-eyes to help scare away approaching birds.

scare owWhat You Need:

  • 2 old CDs
  • 2 large wiggle eyes
  • white craft glue
  • sheet of light-brown craft foam
  • scraps of dark-brown and black craft foam
  • scissors
  • hole punch
  • pencil
  • 1-foot piece of thin ribbon (or string)
What You Do:
  1. 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. 
  2. For the head: Draw an oval with “ears” around the outside of the CDs and cut it out. 
  3. For the forehead: Cut out a large triangle from dark-brown craft foam. Glue it on top of the CDs.
  4. For the beak: Cut out a beak shape from black craft foam. Then glue it on top of the dark-brown triangle.  
  5. Let forehead and beak dry for several hours.
  6. 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 Scare Owl is ready to hang.  
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 Scare Owl from a nearby post.

Craft by Robin Walker

Photo by O. Louis Mazzatenta

This activity was published originally in Ranger Rick magazine, a publication of the National Wildlife Federation. For more activities like this one, check out Ranger Rick’s website.

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