Owl Gift Box

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Here’s another owl I’d like to share!  I saw this owl gift box on the BasicGrey blog last month that’s made from an oatmeal box and knew it would be perfect to give my daughters first teacher.  My daughter turned one in June and with that she moves up to a one year old classroom.   I wanted to give her teacher a special gift from us because they spent precious time together during this first year of her life.

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This cute owl was the perfect container for a gift from Gwen because we have  an owl theme going on around our house.   I followed the tutorial pretty much step by step. 

I decided to use paper from the Lemonade collection since it’s such a great pack for girl colors and we’ve used it in on a few other Gwen projects(I can’t wait to do some baby scrapbook layouts with it in the future)

This was a really easy project to make.  If you want to do something quick, isn’t too fussy and looks nice I highly recommend this one!  These are all the pieces of paper I used and there was a ton left over of the big sheets. 

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You can see the owl inspiration here too. It’s surprising that the oatmeal box can transform into such a different looking container.

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Using rubber bands to hold on the paper while it dried was a great tip from Lisa who created the tutorial.   

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The only change I made was wanting to make it a girl owl using pink and blue colors.  I was excited to find great pink fabric flowers (at Scrapbook.com by BasicGrey) so that the owl could have cute pink eyes.   Btw…there are a lot of fabulous fabric flowers out there these days. 

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I peeled off the top three layers from the fabric flower.  It came apart nicely and didn’t tear the fabric.  These flowers are about 3 inches in diameter and they’d be too large to use the outside piece (for this box of oats, they’d work on the larger box if you were making a bigger owl).    So I used the inside of the flower petal, keeping the beads attached and glued a white circle to the middle for the inside of the eye.  With my large hole punch I added a black pupil.  

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Now for the fun part…..I continued on with the owl theme and got this custom wall hanging (or ornament for the tree) from Lisa Leonard for inside. 

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It’s really cute owl and a great place to write a sweet message for her teacher. 

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I also wanted to include something personal with the gift, so I made a little photo book.    These are the same photos I used in the 8×8 first year mini album except this time I kept them as 4×6 photos. 

Back story….Each month we took photos with Gwen & her owls (Penny & Joy) in the same chair.   These were the perfect photos to share with her teacher.  I knew she’d think they were special since she watched her grow each month.  As you can see it was simple to put together, I used my large hold punch and then added a ring with some ribbon. 

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The stickers are also from the Lemonade collection and worked great to add the month right onto the corner of the photos. 

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Gwen says…..“Owl Miss You Ms. Ayu thanks for being a great teacher!!”

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I couldn’t decide if I liked the message on the hot pink paper (above) or the blue (below).  What do you think?    I also changed the noose to green (above) because it stood out more than the crème version (below). 

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Thank you Lisa & BasicGrey for this wonderful idea & inspiration!!


Supplies:  BasicGrey Lemonade Collection Papers-Pink (Pink Fizz), Plaid (Picnic Table), Floral (Flower Garden), Nose (Lime Cooler), Sign (Frosted Berry & Splash), BasicGrey Fabric Flowers, Quaker Oatmeal box 18oz, hole punch, circle punch,


handmade birdie print

I wanted to share another BEAUTIFUL handmade gift that’s hanging on the wall in Gwen’s room.  It’s this lovely birdie print that was made by one my dearest girlfriends Nicole.

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When I was pregnant and didn’t know the sex yet of the baby, Nicole showed me a page from the recent Pottery Barn Kids catalog and told me she’d be painting this print for the baby (if it was a girl).  It’s a very lovely print, I was completely surprised & excited by her generous offer.

Once it was confirmed that we were indeed going to be having a girl Nicole asked me to pick out the paper that she should use for the birds, flowers, and butterfly.   I selected the Lemonade collection paper by BasicGrey.  It’s the same paper that was also used by Michelle when making the baby girl banner I shared yesterday.  This design is really interesting because it uses a combination of paint & pattern paper to make the birds & flowers.  The patterned paper gives the print much more detail than what you’d get with just paint alone.    

I am so amazed with how beautiful the final print turned out!  Nicole is one talented girl to be able to paint a picture like this.  I have no painting abilities so I really appreciate & admire people who have painting/drawing skills.  It’s not an easy thing to do.  I sure LOVE having talented friends that have strong abilities to create beautiful crafty items!   

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Close ups showing the detail on the birds, flowers & butterfly: 

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I asked Nicole how she made the birds & other shapes….here’s what she said: 

“I did it all freehand, starting big and then “shaving down” the shapes to be the right shape and size…better to start big and go smaller from there.  

It’s ONE of my favorites because it was for your baby girl.  And I even told you when I saw the catalog that I would paint it for you.   Just spoke to me! 

Also, I’d like to give the original artist props for the design/color combinations and hopefully a compliment that I wanted to re create it for your room with original materials.”

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I had so much fun searching for the perfect paper to match the green paint (Benjamin Moore- potpourri green) that was going to be used on the walls.

Original Picture-  Here’s a picture of the print Nicole used as the design from Pottery Barn Kids catalog.  (thank you to the original artist-we love your creation and hope it’s a compliment that we wanted to paint your beautiful print!!)

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Here’s what it looks like in the room hanging above the bookcase. 

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THANK YOU Nicole for creating a beautiful picture we’ll treasure for years! 


There were five paper options that I narrowed it down to when picking the perfect pattern for Nicole & Michelle to use on the handmade items for Gwen’s room:

1. American Crafts-City Park

Love the blue, yellow, light pink & dark pinks used in this line. The brown is great as this is an accent color in some of the bedding. I didn’t end up choosing this one but the colors here are very close to the one I did use. I did get some of this paper to do a few layouts in her baby album that I can’t wait to use.

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2. Fancy Pants Designs-Wishful thinking

I like the pink, blue & yellows that are in this line. I like the sanded/cloudy effects of these papers that make them look lighter. But there’s red here and that’s not a color that’s being used in the room.

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4. American Crafts-Backyard

The pink, yellow, blue, brown and green are great colors but almost match too much with the colors in the room. I needed to have two shades of pink and the patterns have bigger shapes that won’t work on smaller items.

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4. BasicGrey- Urban Prairie

I liked the solid colors as they matched the colors of the room very closely: the bright blue, green, yellow & pink. However, the black/browns were a bit too dark and this was an older line so it might have been hard to get ahold of.

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5. Basic Gray-Lemonade

This collection has six solid prints in the perfect colors: a bright fuchsia, light pink, crème, light yellow, green and teal blue. It also had 12 pattern papers that give so many options. I knew that this line was going to be perfect for Nicole to use when creating the birdie print. These colors/patterns are so lovely & uplifting!

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  • canvas (24×36)
  • acrylic paint
  • modge podge (to make it shiny & the paper thicker)
  • Basic Grey pattern paper (Lemonade collection)

baby girl pennant banner

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I wanted to share a beautiful gift that was given to me a year ago for Gwen’s birth.   It’s a pennant style banner that says “Gwenyth”  and is decorating the wall in her baby room

It was a special handmade baby shower gift by my special friend Michelle.  She’s been making these for others and I was thrilled to be the recipient for one of her lovely baby banners. 

I picked paper that would match the colors I was using in her room for the wall color and accents (light green, light pink, blue, brown, etc). 

Fits just perfectly above the closet door:

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  • Michelle used die cuts at Ben Franklin to cut most of the shapes:  the triangle for the pennant (7 wide at top & 9 1/2 in height), 4 inch circle scallops for the letters to sit in side (2 1/2 inches tall). 
  • All of the pattern papers used are from the BasicGrey Lemonade Collection.  I made sure to get two of the collection packs so that it could be used for both the handmade gifts being made for the baby room.   I am planning to use this paper to make some baby girl scrapbook layouts in Gwen’s baby album too.


  • Ribbon is sewed across the top to give it great stability.  It’s bunched up to create a beautiful look.  Short pieces of ribbon is also tied in between each pennant. 

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close up of the ribbon: 


Close up detail of the full pennants:

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Here’s a photo taken by Michelle at my shower after I opened the banner.  Thank you Michelle for the beautiful gift that looks so lovely in Gwen’s room!   We love it!!   

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