If you haven’t jumped onto the wood slice crafting train, now is the time.  They are such a fun little rustic item to work with, and this hanging wood slice owl is a great example of inexpensive and beautiful decor.  This is a wood-burning project, so is not intended for children to create, but is a great starter project if you are new to wood burning. 

Owl ornament leaned against wood background with fake pumpkin

Hanging Wood Slice Owl

If you’ve been looking for a simple wood-burning project as a first option, this one is a great option.  The design is simple and easy to follow.  It shows detail but isn’t so intricate you can’t manage it if you are new to wood burning. 

I’ve made these decorative owls from upcycled wood slices before, and they are adorable, but if you want something a bit fancier, then this wood-burning project is definitely a great one to start.

If you have kids who want to craft with you but you know this isn’t safe, you can set them up with this cute pine cone owl decor idea instead.  It’s a lot easier to make and they can use basic craft glue or even school glue to add the wings and eyes to this project.  

Wood themed paper behind owl ornament

What Can I Use to Make the Eyes on My Owl? 

One of my favorite things about crafting is that I can use so many different objects to make faces on my animal crafts.  This owl is no different, and in fact, is a great choice for using a variety of leftover items in your craft bin.  Below are some fun ideas that would work great for this project to make eyes and/or a face from. 

  • Bottle caps or lids.
  • Buttons.
  • Beads.
  • Play money (I had leftover fake coins from when my kids are little, spray paint and use them).
  • Foam paper felt, or construction paper circles cut and glued in place. 
  • Yarn or ribbon.
  • Stickers.

For the nose, you can use scrap fabric, felt, craft paper, foam paper, construction paper, or cardboard.  Just cut into the classic triangle beak shape and glue just below or between the eyes. 

Wood slice owl on yellow paper mat

What is the Best Way to Hang This Owl? 

Since this is a heavier item, the usual string or twine may not work well for hanging.  You also have to consider how you would attach the hook or item for hanging.  While it is a bit of an extra step, I find it is best to use a picture hanger and screw it into place on the back of the wood slice.  This gives the most secure option. 

Then, you can attach to a wall with a hook, or loop heavier string, twine, rope, or ribbon around it to hang from a  door or even the ceiling.  Just make sure whatever you use for the actual hanging is strong enough to hold the weight of the owl. 

Wood slice owl by mini fake pumpkin and pears on white table

What Glue Works Best with Wood Projects? 

If you are doing this on your own without children involved, then reach for the basic wood glue from the craft department.  It works great and is designed just for this purpose.  Other options include hot glue (as shown), E6000, craft glue, or various heavy-duty adhesives you find in hardware stores.  

The main consideration with this particular project is getting the eyes and nose in place to stay secure.  Hot glue works fine for this, but in time it may fall off as it doesn’t “grip” the wood like other glues might.  For everyday decor, it works dandy and is a good option that is affordable. 

Woman in checked shirt holding wood slice owl

Where Can I Get Wood Slices? 

The easiest and cheapest way to get these is to go outside and cut them yourself from your own trees.  However, that isn’t ideal or easy for everyone, plus you may not want to deal with the potential of bugs or similar in the bark.  So, buying packages of wood slices in your local craft store, on Etsy, or on Amazon are all good ideas.  

Wood owl ornament on top of green pumpkin

Supplies Needed

Note: you do not need an expensive wood-burning kit for this project.  This single Walnut Hollow woodburning kit has just what you need, the burner and tips.  If you want to do more, you can invest in a 72 piece woodburning kit instead.

Scissors, yellow paper, pipe cleaners, wood slice, and wood burning tool on white table

How to Make a Hanging Wood Slice Owl

Cut a small triangle from the yellow foam paper. 

Blue scissors cutting yellow paper

Glue it in place about 1 1/2″ from the top of the wood slice. 

Glue the larger buttons just above the peak. 

Then glue the smaller buttons on top of the larger ones. 

Hands holding buttons down on wood slice creating owl eyes

Using a pencil, sketch the wing shapes onto the wood slice.  Start at the center of each eye, and curve downward and to the sides.  Then sketch individual feather curves inside this field for the wing. 

Hand with pen drawing on wood slice

Using a wood-burning tool, carefully burn the wood, following the sketches you added to the wood slice. 

Wood burning tool on wood slice making owl wings

Cut four, 2″ pieces of pipe cleaner.  Wrap one around the bottom of another and curve to create feet. 

Blue scissors cutting pipe cleaners

Glue these onto the bottom back of the owl. 

Hand holding pipe cleaner feet below wooden owl

Once done, attach a length of twine or a hanger to the back of the wood slice for hanging. 

Hands attaching twine loop to wood slice

What if I Don’t Have a Wood Burner? 

If you do not have or are not comfortable with using a wood burner, that is okay.  You can achieve a similar look simply by using a dark brown marker or paint and covering the sketched wing outline instead of burning the wood.  Just start with the usual pencil sketch that can be erased easily to make it exact.  Then, follow the pencil sketch with your paint, pen, marker, or wood burner. 

Woman holding up wood slice owl ornament

More Fun Owl Crafts

Whether you want to decorate your home with a cute owl theme, need something to keep the kids busy crafting, or even need a baby shower gift, I have some great ideas below for you to consider.  Owls are always adorable, and there are many ways you can make them come to life with crafting tools.  Make sure you bookmark, pin, or print the projects below to create soon!

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Wood slice owl on yellow paper mat

Follow a simple tutorial to create your own beautiful hanging wood slice owl. This easy wood burning project is great for beginner wood crafters!

Active Time
30 minutes

Total Time
30 minutes

Difficulty
Medium

Estimated Cost
$2

Notes

If you don’t want to use a wood-burning tool, a pen, marker, or paint can be used to make the owls feathers.

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Finished Project Gallery

Wood slice owl with twine hanger laying on wood with fall leaves

These can be made with any size wood slice, but I love the idea of using a 2″ wood slice to turn these into holiday tree ornaments or gifts!

Wood burned owl decoration on yellow paper



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PAUL WALKER

PAUL WALKER

Editor of the online magazine The Detailed Edge.
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