D.I.Y - valentine owl treat bags!

Here's a simple and sweet do.it.yourself project you may find to be a hoot.
With valentines coming up... you may want to make a special treat bag for your sweetheart... or for the kids to take to school!

A bunch of us bloggers/gal pals surprised the lovely Caren for her birthday yesterday... and I had made these heart hoots for the occasion (since she's a fellow owl enthusiast!).

Step 1. Cut a template of a heart/owl shape (don't hate me for cutting up one of my daughter's masterpieces).
2. Fold some brown craft paper so that with every cut you get two heart/owls. 
3. Paint some quick circles for the eyes... and chevron stripes for the feathers with white acrylic/craft paint. (You don't have to stress it, or be an 'artist'... keep it simple). 

4. Use a permanent marker (mine was sepia brown) to sketch in some quick eyes, eyelashes and a beak.
5. Run the edges through your sewing machine with white thread... while a 'pocket' still remains open.. slide in your treats (I used heart gingersnaps, but you could throw any small candy/notes/money inside!).  Finish sewing the edge and you're done. 

 You can personalise a message on the back: "Hoo loves you!" or "Owl love you forever" or
"You're a hoot" or "my tweet*heart"...  whatever cheesy notion you can muster!

Hope you found that to be a sweet & simple project for any upcoming festivities.

I'm still kicking myself for taking a 'dead' camera to the surprise party... would have had pictures of all the lovely ladies there too!
Happy fabulous 40th Caren

Mel ;o)


  1. hi :)
    i just found your blog on the dainty squid. these are so cute, i love them!

  2. Hello!  thanks for popping in - glad you liked! Happy crafting! ;o)

  3. Thanks Deb!  Maybe we should craft one up for Stephen? ;o)

  4. Yellowfinchdesigns26 January 2012 at 09:40

    i LOVE this!!! thank you for sharing. every year i have some little treats for the kids waiting on their beds on valentines day and these are perfect ;) 

  5. These were ULTRAcute in person, mama!

  6. Oh WOW! What an awesome idea :) Thanks for sharing!

  7. thank YOU for popping by the nest here Violet, lovely blog you've got there too... and.. you're welcome! :o)

  8. thanks Des, much like yourself ;o)

  9. my pleasure Liz - would love to imagine your sweet crew getting these 'tweet bags' on their beds! ;o)

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  13. Great idea Mel! I love these!

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