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DIY: How to make a Ping Pong ball Owl easily

Updated on May 1, 2017
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Aditya's homemade paper craft and hobby ideas are small contributions of his fathers work. His father is a retired art teacher from India.

Make a ping pong ball owl:

Owl has got two big staring eyes and a fluffy ball shaped body which makes this look so fascinating than any other birds. Its bodys unique shape is one of the reason for which I have chosen it as the subject for this craft.

Moreover I wanted to make a craft which would be different from other paper crafts and on the other hand very easy to make. That is when using a ping pong ball came on my mind.

These are light weight balls of different​ colours which are ideally used for playing Table Tennis.


How an Owl looks like:

To begin with, let us first paint an imaginary owl in our mind.

1. The first thing that comes in your mind when you see an owl is its large yellow eyes in the front of face which makes its appearance​ 'wise'.

2. It has a sharp and small beak.

3. Two small sized ears.

4. Pointy orange coloured claws.

5. And​ a brown coloured body which almost looks like a fluffy ball.


Materials needed:

  1. Ping pong ball (yellow colour)

  2. Thick chart

  3. Thread (about 20 cm)

  4. Glues (quick drying glue and a white adhesive one)

  5. A pair of scissors

  6. Ear buds

  7. Sketch pens

Steps

For designing the body parts of the owl we simply have to cut out the parts drawn on paper.

Let us start by designing the claws, ears and wings first:

1. Claws:

  • Place the ping pong ball over the paper and roughly circle out its base.
  • Draw simple claws on this circle.
  • Colour it with orange sketch pen. And cut it out from paper.

Draw outline of the ball over the paper.
Draw outline of the ball over the paper.
Make simple claws in the outline.
Make simple claws in the outline.
Colour it with orange sketch pen.
Colour it with orange sketch pen.
Cut out the orange shape using a pair of scissors.
Cut out the orange shape using a pair of scissors.

2. Wings:

  • For me these parts look like flower petals. Just take a rough measurement of the ping pong ball and draw two wings on the paper.
  • Colour the paper with brown sketch pen.
  • Cut out the wings from the paper. Just make sure that each wing has the same shape and size. For which you can cut out the paper by folding one wing over the other.

Draw a petal shaped structure for the wing of the owl on the paper.
Draw a petal shaped structure for the wing of the owl on the paper.
Colour the page with brown sketch pen.
Colour the page with brown sketch pen.
Fold the paper in half so that exact identical shaped wings can be cut out.
Fold the paper in half so that exact identical shaped wings can be cut out.
Use scissors for the cutting.
Use scissors for the cutting.
There you go. Now you have two identical wings for owl.
There you go. Now you have two identical wings for owl.

3. Ears and Beak.

For ears and beak we simply need three small triangles.

  • Just like the steps mentioned above draw the triangles on paper and colour them with sketch pens - brown for ears and orange for beak.
  • Just keep in mind that the ears need to be little smaller as compared to beak.
  • Cut these parts out from the paper.

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Next let us design the eyes. These need to look yellow and cute.

4. Eyes:

You need a pen cap for designing the shape of the eyes.

  • Take the pen cap and colour its small circular outer edge using a sketch pen.
  • Then quickly press the cap on the paper to get a circular print. This print represents one eye of our owl.
  • Make another eye just like the above just adjacent to the previous one. We need to keep a small space between the two eyes which will aslo be included for the beak of our owl.
  • Colour the circles along with the space in between them with yellow sketch pens.
  • Next cut out the yellow eyes along with the shape in between them as shown in the picture.
  • Next take a regular white paper and draw two small black dots on it. Cut out these dots leaving little space encircling them. This will be the central black part if the eye.
  • Paste this black dots in the centre of the yellow part of the eyes. This step is little tricky. For this I used a pens tip to pick up these black dots and place them in the required site.
  • This step is optional. In order to make these eyes cute cut out two small rectangles for the eyebrows and colour them in brown colour.
  • Paste them just at the upper part of the yellow eyes ideally where the eyebrows should be present. And this completes the eyes of the craft.

Use a pen cap with flat base.
Use a pen cap with flat base.
Colour the base of the cap with sketch pen.
Colour the base of the cap with sketch pen.
Press the cap on paper to make a small circular imprint.
Press the cap on paper to make a small circular imprint.
Colour the paper in yellow.
Colour the paper in yellow.
Cut out the yellow circles along with a small portion in between them for the nose
Cut out the yellow circles along with a small portion in between them for the nose
Draw two small white eyes with a black dot in the centre in another paper and cut them out.
Draw two small white eyes with a black dot in the centre in another paper and cut them out.
Paste these white eyes in the previously designed yellow circles.
Paste these white eyes in the previously designed yellow circles.
You can use a pen or a needle to pick up the small white eyes and place them in the centre
You can use a pen or a needle to pick up the small white eyes and place them in the centre
Place little glue in the upper part of the eye.
Place little glue in the upper part of the eye.
Paste previous cut out small brown coloured eyebrows over the  glue.
Paste previous cut out small brown coloured eyebrows over the glue.

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5. Bow tie:

The owl won't be complete without its bow tie, afterall an owl needs to look wise. So let us see how make the bow tie with a thread.

Perhaps this is the most trickyest part of the whole craft. For this I suggest the readers to please follow the stepwise picture demonstration of this step.

  • You need a 30 cm long thread of any colour.
  • First fold the thread into half so that the length of the so that it becomes 15 cm.
  • Tie this double folded thread around your two fingers placed together preferably index and middle finger and make a knot so that it retains the shape.
  • This gives us a circular shaped loop of thread with two loose ends.
  • Next twist the loop at its centre so that the shape of a bow tie is formed.
  • Then to fix the shape of bow-tie tie a final knot at the centre using the two loose ends.

Take a thread of any colour which is about 30 cm long.
Take a thread of any colour which is about 30 cm long.
Fold it once so that its length becomes 15cm. This helps to increase the width of the thread useful for making the bow-tie.
Fold it once so that its length becomes 15cm. This helps to increase the width of the thread useful for making the bow-tie.
Next take your two fingers and tie the thread around them as shown in picture
Next take your two fingers and tie the thread around them as shown in picture
Encircle the thread twice around your fingers.
Encircle the thread twice around your fingers.
After this you will get two ends of the thread.
After this you will get two ends of the thread.
Take one end of the thread and insert it through the  loop.
Take one end of the thread and insert it through the loop.
Now just tighten the two ends so that the two ends of the loop can be used to tie a knot.
Now just tighten the two ends so that the two ends of the loop can be used to tie a knot.
Once this is done you will notice that the loop has become fixed and won't open up into a thread.
Once this is done you will notice that the loop has become fixed and won't open up into a thread.
Next you need to catch hold on any of two the sides of the loop and twist it in its middle portion.
Next you need to catch hold on any of two the sides of the loop and twist it in its middle portion.
Next you need to turn one of its loose ends around its middle point once.
Next you need to turn one of its loose ends around its middle point once.
Tie a knot in its mid point.
Tie a knot in its mid point.
And finish making the bow tie by simply tightening the knot in its position.
And finish making the bow tie by simply tightening the knot in its position.
Lastly cut out the extra portion of the ends to finish  the bow-tie
Lastly cut out the extra portion of the ends to finish the bow-tie
Fold it once so that its length becomes 15cm. This helps to increase the width of the thread useful for making the bow-tie.
Fold it once so that its length becomes 15cm. This helps to increase the width of the thread useful for making the bow-tie.

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Here is a video that shows how the craft ia made.

Final step:

Now that all the parts of our owl has been made let us proceed to the final step of pasting them.

These are the parts that we need to paste on the ping pong ball.
These are the parts that we need to paste on the ping pong ball.
I have used the glue that dries quickly for this purpose.
I have used the glue that dries quickly for this purpose.
Paste the claws to the ball.
Paste the claws to the ball.
Then apply glue for the eyes.
Then apply glue for the eyes.
Paste the eyes carefully. It should be little above the centre.
Paste the eyes carefully. It should be little above the centre.
Likewise, paste the beak, ears,wings and bow tie.
Likewise, paste the beak, ears,wings and bow tie.
There you go, your craft owl is complete.
There you go, your craft owl is complete.

Fun facts about Owls:

1. A group of owl is called a Parliament.

2. Owls ar nocturnal hunters which means they mostly hunt at night.

3. They are carnivore birds. They eat small animals, insects and other birds including other owls.There are some species of owls which eat plants.

4. Their large eyes are actually immobile. So in order to see any object they have to rotate their head.

5. They have a special capability to rotate their head 270 degrees without having any problems.

Parliament of owls
Parliament of owls
Nocturnal (night) hunters
Nocturnal (night) hunters
Carnivore (eats mice, small animals, birds and also other owls )
Carnivore (eats mice, small animals, birds and also other owls )
Big eye
Big eye
Able to turn its head 270 degrees.
Able to turn its head 270 degrees.

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