Hot Polka Dot
29Jul/10

I’ve Got Owls. Yes I Do.

I've got owls. Yes I do. I've got owls. How 'bout you?

I'm sure you've noticed recently that owls are the new trend. Owl earrings. Owl jewelry boxes. Owl cookie jars. Owl hot plates. Owl figurines. Owl everything!

I heart owls. I also sort of hate that they're so trendy now.

Do you ever really love something then realize it's so totally in style right now? I hate that! There's always that little voice taunting me in the back of my head calling me a sheep and inferring awful things about brainwashing and bandwagons. Stupid voice. I wish it would shut up.

Like polka dots. And turquoise. And vests. And damask print. And vintage style. And now owls.

So you can never be sure if your love of said thing is sincere or if you've just been made to think it is.

Really though, does it matter? I'm just happy to love stuff. And I do. A lot. Is that bad? Does that make me materialistic? Oh, who cares!

Do you remember my rant about my love of design on a dime schemes? While I very much love stuff, I'm not prepared to pay a lot for said stuff. Instead of shopping to buy things, I shop to get ideas.

So a while ago I saw these adorable and unfortunately a little country owl figurines at the Dollarama. I love their expressions and how each is uniquely cute. But that green is bleh. Just downright awful looking.

I had one of those light-bulb-over-head kind of moments. Instead of buying this sweet little owl lantern or this cooky owl cookie jar I decided to make my own for a fraction of the cost of course. I could spray paint these cheap little cuties whatever colour I wanted to fit into any colour scheme I desired.

So there you have it. Four modern trendy owl figurines for under ten bucks.









DIY Trendy Owl Figurines

A few junky looking owl figurines
1 can of spray paint
A few pieces of scrap wood or firewood
1 piece of wooden dowel
1 hand saw
1 power drill
1 painting tarp or sheet










With your hand saw cut down the dowel to a manageable size that will have enough room to insert into the holes in the bottom of each owl figurine and into the scrap wood.

With your power drill make as many holes as needed the diameter of the dowel in your scrap wood. Insert the dowel into the wood and hang the owls on the other end of the dowels.

Lay down a painting tarp or sheet in a well ventilated area and place your painting contraptions on top.

Evenly spray each owl with a few coats of paint as needed to cover the original colour. Let them dry overnight until the paint is no longer tacky. Enjoy!


PS: Don't they look great on my shelf next to my vase collection?

PPS: Pardon my plain white walls. They will be light gray in due time. Although I kind of like the white on white colour scheme going on there.







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  1. I saw the little round one at the Dollarama, but not the others. I like the others quite a lot! They look like they’ve got great personalities. Super cute!

  2. awesome! they’re quite sheik in white. I absolutely refuse to purchase pricey things unless they’re utterly amazing/unique. so I’ve definitely been known to do this sort of thing–alter cheap stuff to fit my needs or build things from scratch.

  3. I love them! I also wish I was that creative to think to paint them white. And I know EXACTLY what you mean about the trend issue. I feel like such a sucker when I get into a trend, although 9 times out of 10, I get in on the tail end of it and have no idea I’m on my way to being totally out of fashion.

    • Yeah that happens to me too! It’s even stranger when it seems like everyone starts copying you and you and you feel completely robbed of your unique fashion sense. I’m sure it’s an illusion though. I’m not that self-centered, lol.

  4. I hate it when something I love becomes trendy too. It has made me abandon certain styles just because I didn’t want to look like a follower. Your owls are so cute.

  5. Hi Lindsey, I think your site is great and you’re so creative! I’ve presented you with an award at my site, go check it out: http://foodivakitchen.blogspot.com/2010/08/sharing-my-award-giving-one-more.html

    Cheers,
    Maya

  6. Hey! I saw this post today and I bough the owls tonight! I only got the two little ones, the big ones weren’t at my dollarama. I was going to paint them with acrylic paint but I think I want mine as shiny, so I go buy some spray paint too. I also got a wicked Budda which is gold and purple…I’ll paint him too!
    Thanks

  7. I know the feeling! I got really into criminal investigation when I got into college (biology major, photog minor, crime scene photography type stuff) and then the whole CSI thing exploded. Now, years later, I’m a cake decorator (seems like a weird leap, but morphing from biological photography to landscape photography to painting to cooking to baking and cake decorating isn’t THAT bizarre, is it? :) ). I love to bake. And there are a billion new cupcake shows and cake shows and food shows popping up every day (not that I mind; I watch most of them)!

    Now here’s what I don’t quite know: Do I notice these more because I’m interested in the subject, or am I unknowingly pushed to become interested in the subject because of the growing popularity? I’d like to think it’s just a happy coincidence. :)

    • Very interesting point Annie! It makes me think so hard my brain hurts.

      I know what you mean about interest shifts too. I moved from writing to art to design to baking to food photography. And now this blog combines all of those things and it makes me happy. :)

  8. Sooo cute and two plus years later they’re still ‘trendy’ … they’ve been pinned to my Owl Board … thanks :)


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