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Owl Nursery Art Baby Shower Gift Idea

What a "hoot!" This darling owl nursery art would make the perfect baby shower gift.

I created this particular piece for an expecting friend who was planning an owl-themed nursery for her baby. I used four different sized owls to represent each family member.

You can find pre-cut, ready to use wooden boards at most craft stores (look in the unfinished wood section), or you can also have your local hardware store cut you a 12 x 12 inch piece of wood for this project. Any mom to be would love this custom work of art!


  • Wooden board (mine was 12x12 inches)
  • Brown acrylic paint
  • White acrylic paint
  • Coordinating scrapbook paper (at least 4 different colors/patterns)
  • Wood grain scrapbook paper
  • White string
  • Mod Podge
  • Sponge brush
  • Stencil brush
  • Cursive letter stencils
  • Owl stencils (different sizes)
  • Scissors

Step 1: Paint the wooden board with 2-3 coats of brown acrylic paint. Allow to dry.

Step 2: Cut a long branch out of wood grain scrapbook paper (most craft stores carry this paper) and attach to the brown board using Mod Podge. Cut 2 leaves out of the scrapbook paper and attach to the end of the branch using Mod Podge.

Step 3: Trace owl stencils on coordinating scrapbook paper. Use a different patterned scrapbook paper for each owl, and make one owl for every member of the family for which you’re making this. Use larger stencils to represent adults and smaller stencils to represent children. Attach owls so they are perched on the branch using Mod Podge.

Step 4: Cut 7 diamond shapes out of coordinating scrapbook paper. Fold in half and attach to a string with Mod Podge to create flag bunting. Attach to the top corner of the brown board using Mod Podge.

Step 5: Use cursive letter stencils to stencil the child or family’s name onto the brown board using white acrylic paint and a stencil brush. Allow to dry.

Step 6: Lightly coat the entire board with a layer of Mod Podge using a sponge brush.

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