How to Make a Needle Felted Owl {Photo Tutorial}

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Are you ready for another fun needle felting project? I hope so, especially because I am really excited about this needle felted owl … I just love my new wooly friend!  If you need a refresher on needle felting and needle felting techniques, you can refer back to my Needle Felting 101 post here.

Here is what you’ll need:

  • 36- or 38-gauge felting needle(s)
  • foam pad
  • wool batting
  • 3 colors of wool roving in your choice of owl colors, plus a little black and orange for the face
  • scissors

Grab a handful of your wool batting and roll it in your palms to form a ball. Now needle the ball into an oval shape. Don’t needle it too firm because we want to be able to still attach more wool to it. Next, needle one small end flat so the owl could stand up without rolling over. You now have the base of your owl.

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Now grab a few wisps of your lightest color. Layer the wisps over your owl base and needle it until attached.

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Grab a few wisps of your second color and needle it over the top and sides of your owl. As this point, add a little definition to where the head and the wings of the owl meet by working the area with your needle until you are satisfied with the indent. Grab a small wisp of your last color and needle it around the face of your owl. Make little peaks with the wool to form ears.

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Now we will work on the details of the face. Grab a tiny bit of one of your owl colors (I chose my darkest one) and needle it onto the face to form two connected circles. Next, needle a tiny bit of black wool into the centers of the circles just made for pupils.  Lastly, use a tiny bit of orange wool and needle it into an upside down triangle shape for the beak.

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Finito! That’s it!

I hope you love your new little wooly owl as much as I love mine.

Make sure to check out my other fun felting projects by clicking here.


10 Responses to How to Make a Needle Felted Owl {Photo Tutorial}

  1. Tara January 6, 2014 at 2:08 am #

    This is ADORABLE! I love it, Kara!

  2. Laura January 6, 2014 at 5:02 pm #

    Aww he is very sweet! I will have to have a go.

  3. Tera Kulling January 7, 2014 at 11:13 pm #

    How cute! I wish there was a felting process for cotton, though, being allergic to wool…

  4. Jennifer January 8, 2014 at 7:55 am #

    So super cute…love this!!

  5. Melanie January 9, 2014 at 10:48 am #

    Seriously- one of my fav projects from you! Too cute!

    • Kara January 14, 2014 at 10:44 pm #

      Thank you sweetie 🙂

  6. Marilyn May 14, 2014 at 11:57 am #

    This owl is so cute, Kara! Stumbled for others to find! 😀

  7. Dawn Sheppard February 18, 2015 at 3:17 pm #

    Fabulous – finally an Owl I may be able to create – thank you for this :0)

  8. Carlie Watson April 13, 2017 at 10:15 pm #

    Oh my goodness how gorgeous.

  9. Mary Schnibben May 4, 2017 at 12:31 am #

    Just got my felting supplies in the mail and am ready to roll – what project to do first? Think I’ll give this little owl a try – looks easy and sooo cute! Thanks for a great website! 🙂

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