Hi, I am Habiba from Craftify My Love. I am a friend of Pam’s from Germany and get to teach you today how to craft this cute mix and match felt owl bookmark.
The cute purple owl with the amazing pink hairdo from the photo above was sort of my prototype. I’ve made it right before I went to my friends birthday party as a last minute accessory to the gift card from a local bookshop. Can you tell she loves to read, too?
And yes, she is a grown up. And yes, I made her this very young, almost childish little felt owl bookmark. This is how I roll, lol.
As I had to part with this little darling felt owl bookmark too soon for my taste (it got to stay in my home little over an hour), I simply had to make more. And I tried to mix things up a little.
You will have a lot of fun creating your individual felt owl bookmark. In this tutorial you are the designer!
I even changed the production process a little as I created a new template for the owls.
- Method 1: tracing around pre-cut paper templates is shown in the photo tutorial
- Method 2: transferring your templates directly onto the felt using freezer paper is shown in the video tutorial below (that is my preferred method now. Sorta like a 2.0 version, lol)
Video Tutorial: How to make a DIY Felt Owl Bookmark
DIY Felt Owl Bookmark Supplies
- Felt in various colors
I’ve used the felt I had at home, some of the sheets were very thin, other pieces thicker, they both worked!
- Ribbon in various colors (again I used what I’ve already had at home)
- Wiggly Eyes
- Embellishments such as rhinestones, glitter or fabric flowers (optional)
- Spray Adhesive
- Hot Glue or Crafting Glue
- Freezer Paper or regular paper
- Printer to print your felt owl mix&match template
How To Make Fun 3d Felt Owl Bookmarks
There is an easy to follow step-by-step video tutorial at the end of this post.
1 – Prepare Your Felt Owl Elements
Download your template here. Print it and cut out the different elements:
- 2 x body
- 2 x wings
- 1 x beak
- 1 x hairdo (you have 4 options to choose from)
Get creative and customize your felt owl by choosing different colours of felt and ribbon and add accessories.
If using a very thin felt, you can fold it and trace half of the body onto the felt. This way your owl will be super symmetrical.
Cut along the lines.
Make sure to cut away all marker lines. Because of this rather annoying task, I’ve come up with method 2 on how to make these bookmarks. You can see the altered process in the video tutorial below.
Can you tell that the green circles for the wings turned out a little crooked? See photo below.
It’s actually not a very big deal for this project, but if you want perfection, use a compass circle cutter.
I learned about this amazing tool from my friend Yami, who made this wonderful felt flower cushion cover with it.
2 – Assemble your Felt Owl Bookmark
Go find your spray adhesive and some leftover ribbon. Decide on other embellishments, too.
I decided to add little ears and kind of went overboard with the tacky spray. It leaked through the thin felt.
To cover this little ooopsie up, I decided to give my prototype felt owl a pink hairdo. This is how the mix & match idea started to form in my head.
Mishapps spark extra creativity. So don’t shy away from them or feel bad when they happen!
I simply added the hairdo to the method 1 template and continued having fun crafting.
Place all your owl elements together and see if you like the outcome before you stick them together with your spray adhesive.
Spray a thin layer of tacky spray onto the body element. Work that finger on your spray can carefully and don’t forget to cover your workspace. An old piece of paper or newspaper will work just fine.
Press the length of ribbon, that will be your actual bookmarker and your design elements (such as little owl legs and tail feathers) into the spray adhesive, add a little more and glue the back and front body parts together.
- Use hot glue to stick the wiggly eyes to your little owl friend. I think they look extra funny if you don’t leave a space between them.
- Place the beak right under and between the owl’s eyes.
- Spray the hairdo with glue and add it to your owl bookmark.
- Fold the wings in half, spray the top part with glue and squeeze them around your little owl. This step is best shown in the video tutorial at the end of this post.
I decided on a little fabric flower I’ve had at home from a previous project as an extra accessory.
You could use crafting glue as well. Just give it more time to dry. See that the blue rhinestone flower of Madam Owl with the crazy eyes was not completely dry and lost its place?
I had so much fun creating these and I bet you will do, too!
Look at them closely and give them each a name. I am super curious what you come up with…make sure to tell me in the comments!
If you choose your felt colors wisely, you can make a Mr. Pengiuin bookmark as well.
PS: Make sure to PIN this to Pinterest.
Meet Habiba! She is a sparkly and bubbly personality. She loves life and is a very happy person. You can hear her laugh out loud often and she absolutely loves to get creative and making things! As she is a talkative little bee, naturally she is all about sharing her stories, DIY ideas, and even a recipe every once in a while over at her blog Craftify My Love.
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