When I was little one of my favourite books was “The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark”, in fact I think it was the first chapter book I read by myself. It is all about this owlet who is afraid of the dark, and goes down into the world to find out about why people like darkness. It is such a sweet story, that still makes me smile. Last year I started reading it to EC and YC, they enjoyed it so much that when we finished the book they asked to read it again. Inspired by the book (although it has taken about a year to actually do) we made our own cute barn owls out of loo rolls.

You will need:

  • Loo Rolls
  • Paper
  • Newspaper
  • Paints
  • Scissors
  • Pens
  • Glue

How to: 

Fold your piece of paper in half and draw a wing on one half, then when you cut it out you should end up with one long one.

YC practicing her cutting skills.

YC practicing her cutting skills.

Paint your wing and loo roll.


Scrunch up some newspaper into a ball, then fold another piece of paper around it.

head 2

Twist the ends of the newspapers together; you should end up with a comet sort of shape.

head 3

Paint the ball end of the newspaper and then fit into the top of the loo roll. We didn’t secure ours, but you could use tape if it keeps comes out.

Fold over the extra paper to make it fit more snuggly inside the loo roll.

Fold over the extra paper to make it fit more snuggly inside the loo roll.

Once the paint has dried, glue the wings to the loo roll body.

Finally paint on a white heart shape onto the head, then once dry draw on your face.

This is a very easy craft to do, that takes very little prep time.  Of course you don’t have to make barn owls, we just took inspiration from our story book.  Both EC and YC really enjoyed making their owls and were very eager to play with them once they had dried.  EC made a little nest up in his room on his bean bag for his owl, which he called Plop, it has a little cushion to sleep on and a piece of brown packaging paper in case he (the owl) needs the loo!

I found doing this craft at this time of the year very apt, maybe it is because the book is set in November, but the dark evenings seem the perfect time to be making owls.