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DIY Repurposed Owl Fall Door Decoration

With fall practically on our doorstep, now is the perfect time for a repurposed owl fall project.

Your front door is the perfect place to spread some festive fall fun, and I’m so excited to share this project with you so you can create your own version for your own front door.

In the past I’ve shared several fall door wreath projects, but this season I’m going in a completely different direction,

For some reason, when I think of fall one of the things that comes to my mind is owls.

No idea why, but hey… why not? lol.

Like with my repurposed grater owl wind chime,  for this project I went through my stashes looking for things that I could use.

Here’s what I came up with to create this repurposed owl door decoration.

Vintage rectangular baking pan, vintage jello molds and misc hardware pieces used to create repurposed owl fall door decor project.

A 9″ x 12″ aluminum baking pan, an orange winter scarf, 2 jello molds, 2 wooden tote bag handles, 2 silver plate forks, 2 misc hardware pieces, 1 silver plate spoon that was already bent back, a pair of faux pearl earrings, a tea strainer, and a 5″ x 8″ wooden plaque.

These are the thrifted finds that I used.

There’s a tool supply list near the end of this post, so be sure to check that out.

DIY Repurposed Owl Door Decoration

Marking with marker where jello mold eyes will be located on aluminum baking pan

The first thing to do is mark where you want the eyes to be.

I did this by placing my molds where I wanted them and poking through the holes with a marker.

The patterns of these two jello molds are slightly different, as is the size… but that doesn’t matter in the least.

I think little funky things like that just make projects more interesting. At least to me.

Repurposing is all about using what you have or what you can find on the cheap, so never worry about being matchy matchy.

Creating holes for owl eyes through aluminum baking pan with nail and hammer

No need for a drill here because the aluminum pan is so easy to hammer a nail through.

Wrapping orange scarf around aluminum baking pan

Next I wrapped this beautiful orange scarf around the baking pan.

This scarf is so pretty, and it’s one of my favorite crafting scarves.

I thrifted it for $1 a few years back, and I never saw one like it before that and haven’t seen one since.

I’ve used it several times for past fall projects like this faux pumpkinseed repurposed scarf wreath, and this repurposed scarf fall frame project.

Clipping back of scarf after wrapping around vintage baking pan

I don’t want to damage the scarf so I simply clipped it together at the back with binder clips to hold it in place. Easy peasy.

This way I can easily take my repurposed owl apart and reuse the scarf in other fall projects in the future.

Putting My Repurposed Owl Together

Using brass fasteners through jello molds and baking pan to create owl's eyes

To attach the jello molds to the baking pan I put a brass fastener through the hole in the bottom of the jello molds…

Back view of brass fasteners through jello molds and baking pan to createowl eyes

… and then through the baking pan.

These brass fasteners are so cool because you just put them through and then press each end in opposite directions.

My jello molds aren’t very heavy so these fasteners worked just fine for this.

Jello mold owl eyes in place over orange scarf and aluminum baking pan

Here you can see both eyes in place.

Creating holes in baking pan for owl eyebrows

I wanted my owl to have some eyebrows so I put these two miscellaneous pieces of hardware in place.

Then I punched a hole through the baking pan for each, again just using a large nail and hammer.

Attaching misc hardware pieces as owl eyebrows with brass fasteners

Then I used brass fasteners again to poke through the baking pan.

Creating holes to run wire through back of baking pan to hold bent teaspoon in place as owl nose

To hold the silver plate soon in place for the nose I hammered a hole on each side of the spoon.

Using copper wire through holes to hold teaspoon owl nose in place

Then I used a small piece of copper wire to hold the spoon in place.

Gluing faux pearl earring into jello mold owl eyes and tea strainer onto teaspoon as owl nose

After my fasteners and copper wire were all nice and tight I used E6000 to glue faux pear earrings into the jello molds and a tea strainer into the spoon.

Glued tea strainer onto teaspoon owl nose and faux pearl earring into jello molds as owl eyes

Now my owl is starting to take shape, but for me an owl needs feet.

Using pliers to bend silver plate fork tines to create owl feet

So I used some pliers to bend the tines on two thrifted silver plate forks.

I used silver plate because it’s much easier to bend than stainless steel, but you might have stronger hands than me.

Using E6000 glue and duct tape to hold forks with bent tines in place as owl feet

The two forks are tucked up under the scarf and held in place with E6000 glue and good old duct tape, which holds them in place until the glue has cured. I decided to just leave the duct tape in there afterwards too.

Creating Chalkboard Sign for Repurposed Owl

Outlining wooden plaque onto adhesive chalkboard paper back for hanging sign

I thought it would be fun for my repurposed own to have a sign, and what’s better than a chalkboard sign.

Originally I was planning on using chalkboard spray paint, but I found a perfect sized piece of chalkboard vinyl in my stash.

Using a pencil I outlined the wooden plaque on the back of the vinyl.

Outlining adhesive chalkboard paper on plaque with jute twine

After I removed the backing and placed the chalkboard vinyl on my plaque I outlined it with jute twine using E6000 glue.

Hanging My Repurposed Owl 

Attaching misc lock piece onto door to hang repurposed baking pan owl

Because I used a baking pan as the main body the back of my repurposed owl is hollow so I needed a creative way to hang this baby up.

In my hardware stash I found this lock piece. When used with a lock it would be placed vertically, but for my purpose here it had to be horizontal.

I just used a hammer and small nail to start the holes and then secured it with two little screws.

Placing screw and nut through top of baking pan to hang diy repurposed owl

On the baking pan I hammered a hole into the middle of the top, right near the edge and I fed a long machine screw through it.

Then I used a nut so it will stay nice and tight. The screw will slip into the lock piece on the door.

Applying command adhesive strips to back of tote bag handles for owl wings

For my two tote bag handle wings I cut a couple of command strips to make them a little shorter.

DIY repurposed owl with tote bag handle wings jello mold eyes spoon nose and scarf covered baking pan body

After I hung my repurposed owl in place I applied the wings right to the door.

I could have spray painted the wings orange, but I really like the way the brown stands out against the aqua blue front door.

Hanging chains for hanging chalkboard sign from fork owl feet for

Next it’s on to the owl’s feet.

They need to be grabbing a branch so I went into my vintage tools stash and found a rasp that was the perfect size, and I just tucked it in place.

To actually use a branch would be too literal for me, and I love using my vintage tools in projects.

The fork tines are curled enough to hold the rasp branch in place.

I used some pieces of chain to hang the chalkboard sign. The top links of the chain hang from the owl’s outside toes.

Hanging chalkboard sign with jute twine trim and bow and pumpkin detail from owl feet

To finish up the top of the sign I glued on a simple jute twine bow and a cute little pumpkin.

Tools needed for repurposed owl fall door decor project.

As mentioned above here’s the list of tools that I used in this project.

Tools for Repurposed Owl Door Decor

– Duct tape
– E6000 Glue
– Sharpie
– needle nose pliers
– hammer and nail
– 1″ Brass fasteners
– Chalkbord Vinyl
– Jute twine
– Command strips
– misc screws, nut, and lock part

Create this fun diy repurposed owl with hanging chalkbord sign for your front door. It's a fun decoration for the fall season.

So what do you think of my repurposed owl with hanging chalkboard sign?

I’ve decided to call him Owliver. 🙂

If you don’t care about protecting the scarf that you use, like I do, you could certainly glue everything together with a glue gun.

That would be quicker.

But I love the challenge of creating things that can easily be taken apart, and I tend to want to create something new each fall anyway.

Owliver is on the outside of our kitchen door, which is the main door we use everyday, and my quick and easy fall wreath is on the inside.

How to create a diy repurposed owl door decoration with hanging chalkboard sign. Perfect for your front door for the fall season

Since I’m a classic rock girl my hubby came up with the quote for the sign. It’s a play on the song “Who Are You?”, by The Who.

Considering this is on our front door, and visitors will see it when they knock… I think it’s perfect.

And we really do want to know hoot they are. lol.

Thanks so much for reading, and until next time…

keep on keepin’ on!


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How to create a diy repurposed owl door decoration with chalkboard sign. Perfect for your front door for the fall season

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  1. LINDA N. SCHRADER says:

    Very cute idea…

  2. Mary Boger says:

    So cute. Love the variety of elements you used. Hoot hoot 2 U!

  3. You are so creative! I would never have thought of using those items in this way.

  4. How cute is that!?! Your creativity amazes me! I keep things in a stash box and people call me a hoarder! Lol! I just know I will use them one day and often do! Good job!

  5. Karolyn Love says:

    He is so dang cute!!!

  6. Creating doesn’t get much more fun than this! Brilliant!

  7. Debra Hubbs says:

    Cute and clever as always!

  8. I love it! I didn’t get the saying on the sign till you said you were a classic rock girl. I used to listen to that song all the time 🙂

    1. Thanks AnnMarie! Me too,it’s one of my favorite songs of many favorite songs. 🙂

  9. Stephanie M says:

    Absolutely brilliant! I would never have thought of putting all that stuff together to make something so cute! great job! Love it!!!!

  10. Caught your choice of words right off! I’m all about classic rock…..but a tad older…uh, more classic than you! Love this guy! Maybe he and my Owliva could hook up after fall is over! Dona

    1. lol. I’ll talk to him and see what I can arrange. I forgot all about Owlivia! I think I’ll call this guy Owliver. 🙂

  11. Tuula, your creativity is totally amazing to me! I think I like the colorful scarf the best, but all the other elements that make up that owl are just right!

    1. Thank you so much Florence! That scarf is one of my faves for creating projects, which is why I had to make this owl easily come apart so I can use the scarf again in a new project next fall.

  12. Debra Hubbs says:

    I don’t know how you think up these things. So clever and cute.

  13. I love the other fall projects you made too… The wreath and picture frame! You come up with some really cool ideas!!! Thank you for sharing!

  14. Rebecca Payne says:

    I love, love this owl. So creative. Great job.