Sending Messages Via Owl Post

harry potter birthday card by owl

Yesterday was Harry Potter’s birthday.  And just in case you didn’t send him a birthday card, I’ve got some ways you can still send the card, and blame it on the owls (Errol and Pigwidgeon that is, never Hedwig).

Owl Post is one of my favorite parts of the Harry Potter books.  Hedwig was a main character, and deserves a little recognition when we celebrate Harry Potter’s birthday.  She was his first real birthday gift.

Here’s a few cute owl crafts you can send a secret message in.  Keep reading if you think secret messages are for the birds.

There are a few other owl crafts if you just want to pay homage to these incredible (and trendy) fowl.

mail by owl post

The first two crafts are origami owls.  Origami is an awesome way to send a secret message.  Just write your message on the part of the paper that will be inside and fold it up, the original text message, lol.

I am no origami guru (say that five times fast), so I studiously checked pinterest for some guides.  I found these two, but they didn’t offer any explanation, just drawings.

I sat with my scrapbook paper and figured these out, and took pictures along the way.  Maybe a video would have been better, but I’m a little camera shy. :-)

easy origami owl instructions

Let’s start with a warm-up and do the easier of the two…

1. Start with a square piece of paper.  It doesn’t really matter what size, I like to use 6 x 6 because that provides me with 4 owls to work with.  You can use double sided, or just white on one side, printed on the other.

2. Fold the paper in half to make a triangle.  Open it and match the other points.

3. Fold down one point to the middle crease. Open it.

4. Fold down the same point to the new middle crease (look at the arrow in the picture). Leave folded. This creates the brow on the final bird.

5. Fold down a small straight side on each side of folded triangle. (amount folded will vary based on starting square size)

6. Fold opposite point up to top folded triangle.

7. Fold down a small triangle.  This creates the beak on the final bird.

8. Fold right point in to match the center fold at the bottom (look at arrow in picture).  Open it again.

9. Using crease just created, fold same point into crease so the bottom (straight) line matches the crease (should match where the colored side and white side line up).

10.  Fold in on crease created in step 8.  This is the first part of the wing in the final bird.

11.  Flip paper over.

12.  Notice the banded side in the picture, use this corner and fold it up to match the point on the left-hand side, second from the top. (look at arrow in picture)

13. Fold up the bottom corner of the wing (look at picture for reference).

14. Fold the top corner of the wing (you just folded) to about half-way down.

15.  Open this fold and flatten it out using the new creases just created.

16.  Turn the bird over and fold the left hand point at the top behind to create a straight side.  Draw on your eyes.

The second origami owl is a bit more complicated, but has a fun 3-D look and can “perch” on its own.

3d origami owl instructions

1. Start with a square piece of paper.  It is helpful to practice with a larger piece because there are some slightly complicated folds.

2. Fold the paper in half. Open it.

3.  Fold each side into the middle crease.

4.  Fold the corners into the middle crease to create 4 triangles.  (I folded in each direction to make it easier later on).  Open it.

5.  Using the triangle creases, press the outer edges in towards the middle and create the two points on each end. (look at my picture and the original tutorial)

Steps 6 through 11 will be repeated on both sides.

6.  Fold the top point out to the side and create a straight line with the bottom square.  Then open and flatten out the triangle to create a small square.

7.  Fold the top point of the small square to meet the middle crease.

8.  Lay the triangle-squarish shape back flat.

9.  Fold the middle point up.  This creates the eye. (Pay attention to 3 triangles here, the eye, and two half triangles behind/on the bottom, this is used in step 11.)

10.  Fold the bottom point in to meet halfway between the middle crease.

11.  This is a bit tricky, but you can do it!  Fold the white part of the bottom half behind the white part of the top half.  The white top half will create the beak.

Once both sides are completed move on to step 12

12. Turn the bird over and fold up just a little past the bottom of the square.

13.  Fold the remaining points back towards the front, slightly separated.  These become the feet.

14.  Fold towards the back along a line from the top corner to the foot, on both sides.

15.  Fold towards the front along a line from just inside the foot and about half way up the part just folded back.  This becomes the wing.  (Look at my picture and the original tutorial)

16.  Add the finishing folds on the top.  Mark the center point behind the eyes and fold along the eye-triangle to make a mountain fold with the center point.  Do this on both sides.  Fold in a small corner on the top of the eye.  (Again, use the original tutorial for a little more detail about the exact folds.)

How did you fare?  Are you ready to claim origami is for the birds?  If so, I have one more secret message carrier owl that the kids can certainly help with.

secret message carrier owls

You will need to gather a few supplies for this one, but nothing fancy, you should have everything on hand.

tp owl supplies

You will also need some glue (just elmer’s) and scissors.  I had these great furry pipe cleaners that I used for the top of the owl’s head.

1.  Grab your tp roll and wrap it in some fun scrapbook paper.  I just marked the height of the tp roll on the back of my paper and cut from there.  My roll was less than 6 inches in diameter, so I cut the height, then cut 6 inches long and wrapped the second tp roll with the excess.

2. Press down the top of the tp roll in a curved line to create the ear points.

3. Apply the pipe cleaner (or feathers, or whatever you have) to the top.

4.  Cut the wings.  I used some heart shapes so I could have nice round wings, just eyeball it.

5.  Add the wings on each side.  Have fun with the placement.

6.  Add the eyes and the beak.

7.  Insert your secret message in the tube and glue a piece of paper over the bottom. (Or you could add a piece that looked like feet).

Wouldn’t you love receiving a secret message in a package like this?  I think these would make a fun invitation to a Harry Potter party.  I also saw them on pinterest as a Valentine distributor.

As promised, if you don’t want to send secret messages, or just want to make some more fun owl crafts, check out these sites…

Wouldn’t these be perfect to mark your place while reading Harry Potter? from Blush Crafts

Lots of great owl activities here, from nuturestore

Sadly, this cute lil guy didn’t have a website associated with him.  I searched for the original creator, but couldn’t find it.  The picture tutorial should be easy enough to follow though.

These adorable critters may be making their way onto a wreath later this fall.  I have a bunch of pinecones my kids have collected (and I can’t throw away), and I think this would be a great way to use them up! from Decora Recicla Imagina DRI

I thinks it’s time for the mail to arrive!  We would love to see your cute owl creations on instagram or facebook, use #owlposttpe (owl post travel parent eat) so we can see all your creative mail carriers!

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About Anne Banks

Hi, I'm Anne! I am an active learner on this crazy road called life. I love learning about anything, but currently spend most of my study time researching parenting tips and improving health. I get excited about crafting, reading, running, baking, and spending time with my three crazy boys (in no particular order, and sometimes at the same time)! I love sharing what helps me get through the day, and I hope my tips help you!

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