8 x 10 hanging picture frame
Clear school glue
Use your imagination! This is a super fun, easy and affordable project! The only thing I had to buy was the frame ($6.99 at Target). I already had a large stock-pile of scrapbook paper from other crafting adventures. You can buy large booklets of scrapbooking paper for about $20 or you can just buy individual sheets for about $1/piece at Target, Michael's or other craft stores.
The first thing I did was sort through all my scrapbook paper and found all the subtle and complimentary colors/patterns.
Find a fun, large geometric pattern in a neutral color for your background (i.e. Chevron in a light grey). I used a square box pattern in a light brown/cream color. Cut this sheet to fit in your 8 x 10 frame.
Cut your scrapbook paper into the shapes you'll need for the owl:
1 body of the owl (large oval with a crescent cut from the top)
2 pointed oval wings
2 white eyeballs
2 black inner eye pieces
Arrange them on your background sheet, leaving enough room for the "Owl Always Love You" at the bottom. DO NOT GLUE YET.
I used a computer/printer to print the "Owl Always Love You" at the bottom of the background sheet. If you're good at calligraphy or cute hand lettering go ahead and do it yourself! I was afraid my handwriting would look too bold and/or sloppy. I almost left out the text all together, but +Aaron is a big fan of puns and since this gift was from the two of us I decided it was necessary.
Once you've put your background sheet of paper through the printer you can VERY LIGHTLY glue the pieces into place. I only put a couple small dots of glue into the corner of each piece - the glue when put on too heavy will wrinkle the paper and be noticeable. The frame will hold everything together nicely so you really don't need a lot of glue, I promise.