Make an Owl from Recycled CDs

Recycled cd owl

Are birds munching up your garden? Are they flying into your glass windows by mistake? Bright light reflects off this owl’s CD-eyes to help scare away approaching birds.

What You Need

  • 2 CDs
  • Sheet of light brown craft foam and scraps of dark brown and black craft foam
  • Craft glue
  • 2 extra-large googly eyes
  • Hole punch
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • 1 foot piece of thin ribbon or string

What You Do

  1. Make the owl’s eyes
    Lay the CDs in the center of the light-brown craft foam. Glue in place. Glue a wiggle eye in the center of each CD. Let dry for several hours.
  2. Make the head
    Draw an oval with “ears” around the outside of the CDs and cut it out.
  3. Make the forehead
    Cut out a large triangle from dark-brown craft foam. Glue it on top of the CDs.
  4. Make the beak
    Cut out a beak shape from black craft foam. Then glue it on top of the dark-brown triangle. Let forehead and beak dry for several hours.
  5. Add ribbon so you can hang it up
    Punch a small hole at the top of the head. Thread a piece of ribbon through it and tie the ends in a knot. Now your owl is ready to hang up.

    Recycled cd owl

  6. Use your owl to protect birds from windows
    Dangle this watchful owl from a window latch, and backyard birds might think twice before flying into the glass. Or if birds are destroying your vegetable garden, hang your owl from a nearby post.

    Activity created by Robin Walker.