I’m always looking for easy projects to make that will entertain my boys on the go and this felt owl DIY busy board is one of my favorites! It’s thin enough to fit in a large bag but small enough that it won’t take over the entire dinner table. If your kid isn’t a fan of owls, Consumer Crafts has tons of wood cut outs and plaques that you could customize instead. Let’s get started!
In case you’re unfamiliar with the term “busy board,” it’s basically any flat item that can entertain a young child for more than five minutes. And believe me, five minutes is a lifetime when you’re trying to order in a busy restaurant! Felt is a great material to use for these boards because it’s inexpensive, easy to cut, comes in tons of colors, and sticks to itself. Feel free to use any combination of colors when making your owl!
Supplies needed to make your own owl felt DIY busy board:
- 11.5 inch Unfinished Wooden Owl Plaque
- Felties White Sticky Back Adhesive Felt Sheet
- Felt Fun Pack – Assorted Colors
- “Wood Owl Felt DIY Busy Board” Free Printable Pattern
Step One. Print and cut the “wood owl felt DIY busy board” free printable pattern. You’ll want to cut some of the pieces twice (ear, wing, eyes, etc.).
Step Two. Trace and cut all the pieces into your desired felt colors. If you have a cutting machine, you could pull the file into that so you don’t have to cut by hand. Otherwise, just grab a pair of sharp scissors, put on a good show, and get cutting!
I loved watching my three year old have a blast with his owl board. He used shapes in ways I would never have imagined and had a blast doing it! The board even comes with a little string tag so that you could easily hang it. I stapled a small plastic baggy to the back of my owl to store all the felt pieces as well. Hope you and your children enjoy this tutorial!
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Vanessa is a self proclaimed sleep deprived mother of two adorable boys and when she has a little time to spare, she makes things and posts about them on her craft blog, Tried & True. If she’s not cooking, sewing, gluing or making, she would probably go crazy. Join her on her crafty adventure at Tried & True.