Thursday, March 10, 2011

$3 Thursday – Owl Trio

I found these cute little owls just hootin’ to come home with me.  Yeah, I said ‘hootin’ ’.


I found them in the Target Dollar Spot.


Have I told you lately that I love Target?


I mean look at these faces, could you resist?


They just screamed screeched ‘bring me home.’


I dug through the bottom bin, (How come all the good stuff is in the bottom bin?) but could only find two different owls.  I was hoping for three different ones.  I settled on one of the taller ones and two shorter, rounder ones.


My first instinct was to paint them white or cream and glaze them but then I remembered the Looking Glass mirror like paint I picked out from Krylon.  I thought mirror looking owls would be nice.


Then I read the label and you paint the back side of the surface you want mirrored.  Hmm, it sounded like the bottom coat, or in my case the final coat, was going to be dull and not mirror like.  I thought I might give it a shot and if it didn’t work out I had a can of Silver Hammered Finish paint I could fall back on.


As it turned out I liked the finish I  got with the Looking Glass paint.

Here they are after a couple coats.


Not a true mirror finish I first imagined but I liked it.  They weren’t as glossy as I wanted but a couple coats of a gloss sealer did the trick.

That gave them a bit more shine and I liked them a lot better than the more matte finish.


Their faces don’t seem as sad to me know.


This one got a little crackly around the eyes.  I guess he is the older, wiser owl with a few wrinkles around the eyes.  Hmm, remind you of anyone?  I know I have a few more lines around my eyes than I did years ago and I’d like to think I’m a bit wiser. :) 100_6476

I like this finish.  It reminds me of silvery, aluminum, almost pewter look.

Now, where should my owl perch?


Maybe they would like to play a game of Bingo?


Or they could watch over my rainbow wall of ribbon?


Or watch over the whole world?


Or try to catch a butterfly or two?


Maybe watch over my stack of suitcases? 


Kind of like a Where’s Waldo but with owls.


Oh, they you are.


This one seems a bit shifty to me.


Maybe they can perch on the suitcases I use as a night stand.


I think they look a little sad there.


Here they are on the paint splattered, chippy ladder behind the suitcase night stand.


I kind of like the silver against the paint of the ladder.


But then again, I like them on my dresser against the green glass.

Decisions, decisions.  I hope I’m wise enough to make the right decision on where my trio of owls should call home.

Any suggestions?

Where do you think they look the best?



Owls 3 @ $1 each         $3

Paint          Free – I won it

Total cost:  $3 for a trio of pewter looking owls



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  1. What a fun post, June! I love how you transformed them with spray paint! And the idea of them watching over the whole world is fun! Did you make the framed butterfly piece? I love it!!!! I bet you will have alot of fun playing with these cute little guys!

  2. ohmygosh i'm going to target tomorrow! so flipping cute!!!

    Jenn @ Peas & Crayons

  3. June- I love these! I want some! I'm making a trip to Target tomorrow, so I am going to have to keep my eye out for them. I already have a can of spray paint calling my name!

  4. LOL I love how you moved them around the house! Tahnks for sharing ~ please come by and say HI sometime!

  5. These are so super adorable! I must go to Target - today! Thanks for sharing!

  6. I saw these at Target but I didn't think to spray them one color. I found myself thinking about painting them but my imagination got away from me. I'll have to go back and pick them up. Thanks for helping me see them with new eyes!

  7. These are adorable! They look as if you paid a lot more for them now.

  8. These are so adorable! I love that you let them "watch over" everything!

    I am a new follower from Chic on a Shoestring, I would love if you could stop by

  9. so cute! i love owls

  10. These are fabulous!! (I love Target's Dollar Spot too!) About 5 years ago one of my kids' teachers collected owls. 5 years ago I turned the city upside down looking for anything with an owl on it and couldn't find any. Go figure.

  11. My target had them! =) I'm so excited to paint these little guys - i'll link back to ya when I finally do =) awesome idea! thanks a zilion! <3

    Jenn @ Peas & Crayons

  12. I don't know how in the world I missed these at Tarjay - I freaking loves owls and will go buy them as soon as I can! Yours came out adorable - thanks for sharing!

  13. I just LOVE these. AWESOME JOB!!!


  14. Oh my gosh I bought these same owls for the same project! How funny! They turned out so cute:)

  15. yeah, i would say that a trip to target is in my very near future! hoping that they still have some of those where i live!

    they are adorable!

  16. What a cute little post, haha. And the owls turned out great too, and so cute. I like them best on the ladder! ;)

    Tnx for linking 'em up at my party this weekend! :)

  17. I cant even sit still now.. have to drive to Target like yesterday. Cant stand it. Must have now. :)

    These came out super cute. Congrats on your super crafty pretties!

  18. I am in love with your little owls! I don't even really like owls but I love yours!!!

  19. OMG I have a total owl weakness and these are adorable. It never ceases to amaze me what a little spray paint can do.

  20. You found those at Target? What luck. They look even more adorable painted silver! I found you at Naturally Me Creations.

  21. NIce work on painting the owls! They look so cute all one color!

  22. Hey, guess what? My Tarjay had a BUNCH of these and I bought a couple to spray paint ORB and place in my china cabinet. I love them - thanks for showing yours, they are toooo cute.

  23. new follower! love the owls AND that you included prices!

    stop by sometime

  24. I like them on the suitcases! So cute! I love owls. I wonder if my Target has those. I was just there today. DARN! I LOVE Target too!!!

  25. I'm your newest blog follower and I love your blog. A little spray paint goes a long way with these little hoots -- so cute! Thanks for giving me a new spot to check out for inspiration!

  26.! These guys are SOOOO cute!I love the pewter look! I just did a post on my owl bathroom! I went to target this weekend and didn't see any owls. :( Hopefully, they'll be at my Target soon!

  27. Cute little owls. I am so in love with the owl craze! I love how they look painted. Well done!

  28. LOVE these owls!! I am going to Target tomorrow! I already have some silver paint too! I also have some funky bright yellow paint, I might try that too! Thanks for the great idea! :)

  29. very cute! I love owls too and have been collecting them for a long time. One of my favorite finds a few weeks ago was an owl cookie jar:

  30. Cute, cute, cute. These are perfect!

  31. Too cute. I love how you photographed them in so many different places. :)

  32. So, I saw this post in a linky party a few days ago, thought how cute they were and decided I needed to come see, BUT my computer was going craaaazy slow and I didn't get a chance. Then I was at Target and saw those little owls and knew instantly what you had used without even coming over here! Now I have a brand new computer and am able to sit and go throught lots of linky party posts!! Have to say, they look MUCH cuter now! Not that they weren't cute to begin with, but I just thought they looked a little....odd! They don't look like $1 owls anymore! Nice job!

  33. They are seriously cute! I like them perched with the butterflies!

  34. note to self, go to target. how cute are you-they could watch over the whole world, lol. that's funny.

  35. Went to Target and picked mine up today. I'm going to repaint them and put them in my teen daughters Easter basket for her new room redo!


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