Adorable Owl Canvases Make the Perfect Holiday Gift

Aren’t these little owl canvases cute? They are also addicting to make and come together fairly quickly, too.  You could certainly do these assembly line style and have a whole bunch on hand for anytime you need a gift. The paint colors and embellishments can be changed to fit the current season or to fit your favorite color combinations. The possibilities are endless!


  • paintbrushes
  • water
  • rag/cloth ( I use old white tshirts of my husband’s, cut into smaller squares)
  • Round nose pliers


  • small canvas, about 2×2 inches
  • favorite paint (I used Golden Fluid Acrylics in Teal, Green Gold and Quinacridone / Nickel Azo Gold)
  • wooden birds (I got mine from Hobby Lobby)
  • thin-tipped black marker
  • beads and jump rings
  • small eye hooks (3)
  • Tim Holtz Word Stickers or small phrases printed on your home printer
  • embellishments
  • chain or ribbon
  • Elmer’s Glue or any other liquid glue


1. Paint canvases

To get the color variations instead of just 1 flat color, follow these steps:

1. Brush canvas lightly with water using wet paintbrush.
2. Spread your first color with paintbrush.
3. Wait a few seconds so that the paint is not soaking wet, then wipe off some of the paint in a circular motion with a rag or cloth. If you wipe it off too soon, all the paint will come off. If you wipe it off too late, then the paint won’t move. Just practice a bit, and you’ll get the hang of it. Repeat above steps to add other colors until happy with the background. Let canvas dry.

2. Paint Owls

While the canvas is drying, paint the owls with a coordinating color.

3. Glue on embellishments and words
When everything is dry, glue birds, any embellishments and small words onto canvases. You can print out your own words on your home printer if you don’t have any stickers. Just be careful not to get  ink jet paper wet because water can cause the ink to run. You may want to add those after everything else is dry, using a dry adhesive like a glue stick.  Let glue dry completely.
6. If you added a word or two, take your thin-tipped marker and draw a box around the squares.

4. Attach Screw Eye Hooks

Attach 2 screw eye hooks into the top of the canvas about ¼ inch in from the left edge and ¼ inch in from the right edge. I just usually eyeball this, as you can see from the photo. As long as it’s close, it will be fine.  Attach another screw eye hook into the bottom of the canvas in the center.

5. Attach Beads, Jump Rings and Chain
Using jump rings, attach beads to the eye hook at the bottom of the canvas. Connect the chain to the top eye hooks with jump rings to create a hanger. As an alternative, you can also use pretty ribbon to create a hanger instead.


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