Thrifty Halloween Craft: Owl Plates

 Since it’s almost October, I am making a few Halloween goodies to mix in with my fall decor.  I don’t decorate a lot for Halloween, but in the fall I pretty much lose my faculties and decorate like a mad woman.  So it’s easy to put a few things out and enjoy them surrounded by leaves, pumpkins, and rich fall colors. 
Black and white are classic, elegant, and don’t need a lot of accessorizing.  I found a package of these paper owls a while ago, and hung onto them for future use.  Some like to call this hoarding, I like to think of it as forward-planning.  It’s all in the way you look at it.

I used matte Mod Podge and applied it to the back of each owl and attached one to each of the square-ish plates I found at Dollar Tree.  I am on a bit of a Dollar Tree kick lately, every time I stop in, I find more great basics for crafting.  Plus I like things that are a dollar, or less!
I smoothed the bubbles under the paper owl out and applied a light coat of Mod Podge over the entire plate, allowing it to dry well.  I prefer the matte Mod Podge for most of my projects, less glare, and a great smooth finish.
Once my little creepy owls were dry, I had to snap a few shots to share with you.  They may end up on my fantel (in progress) or on either side of a large mirror above my fireplace.  I wondered if I should spray them with glitter spray, or add something.    But I like them like they are, modern, kind of chic, and since it’s Halloween, just a little bit spooky.
What do you think? Do you have any plates you could upcycle into a cool project? I would love to hear what you think, and what kind of spooky little goodies you are adding to your nest right now.
Happy creating & as always, thank you for reading
xoxo, Tanya

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  1. Super cute!! LOVE!

  2. Love the creepy owls! I think I'm getting the "forward planning" gene, ack, it feels a whole heck of a lot like hoarding!


  3. it he part of the "angry birds" family?…see, I already gave HIM a gender 🙂 I have to try to mod podge something in the near future…

  4. I love this!! So cute 🙂

  5. So cute!

  6. What a cute owl plate! Not too creepy, but fun for Halloween! Life to the full, Melissa

  7. very very cool, great for Halloween

  8. That's so cute! What a great idea. And you should copyright this quote: "Some like to call this hoarding, I like to think of it as forward-planning." At least it should be a tagline somewhere. Love it!

  9. Cute and Clever! This could be used in so many ways!

  10. Oh i love this thrifty idea…love the owl too!!


  11. Aargh,I just got rid of a pile of plates… I had briefly considered keeping them and DIYing something for Halloween. Now I've seen your amazing owl plate I really wish I had kept them!

  12. Awesome owl – it looks so upset :)))

  13. You are such a rock star! I love your owl plate….absolutely amazing! Thanks for the inspiration today!


  14. I love these, they came out so cute and spooky. I like them the way they are, very modern and clean. Also, I'm going to use your 'forward-planning', it sounds so much better than hoarder, lol.

  15. Super cute! And I hear you about forward planning. And when you have six giant boxes of empty, washed out, label-removed, cans, tins, & glass bottles it's called "upcycling". Not "wasting space" as my husband likes to say! 🙂

    Thanks for sharing at The Fun In Functional!

  16. You are going to make a plate for me right Tanya?? I have a thing for owls!!!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!

  17. So cute! I love how this plate turned out!

  18. I am drawn to anything "owl" and these plates look great! I actually think this is a project I might be able to handle with my limited skills and your good instructions. And I love the results!

  19. love this creative and thrifty project! thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things hop. Sorry I'm a bit slow getting here xo

  20. LOVE this. P.S you look so familiar, do you know Brittney Phelps?

  21. je les adore !!! ils sont tellement… NOIR !! ^^

  22. This looks very cool! I'd love to be able to eat off it though. Do you know any ways to do that without having to put it in a kiln?

  23. I have a special Halloween spotlight running today and I've featured your project.
    Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful creation at homework.

  24. That's a nice halloween creation. That creepy black owl will surely be a highlight in Halloween party 🙂

    Marilyn @ Halloween crafts

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