Paper Owl Mobile

I’ve been wanting to try a paper cut-out mobile and ended up making this owl.  It was an interesting design challenge, trying to make it look good no matter how the pieces spun, and the mobility gives the owl a lot of character.  I think I’ll put it in the kid’s room.

I only used thread and scotch tape to put it together, so it was very easy.  There’s a template below that you can print and cut out if you’d like to try making one too.

To make your own, click on the template and print it out.  (I used a sturdy matte photo paper.)  Cut out the pieces with a craft knife.  Then using short lengths of thread and small pieces of scotch tape, attach the mobile pieces together.  Finally tie one long thread to the top of the owl and secure the knot with tape.  It’s so light you can just hang it from the ceiling with another piece of tape.  No need to use a hook or screw.  Simple!  It might also be fun to let your kids color it before cutting it out.

Template: Click on the image below, then print.


  1. Maria
    September 21, 2010 at 10:18 pm

    Thank you so much for this!! We just last night finished The Guardians of Ga'Hoole, so owls are very popular around our house right now!

  2. Magen
    September 21, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    That is really awesome! Thanks for sharing :)

  3. Andrea J
    September 21, 2010 at 11:16 pm

    Thanks Joel! I know a 3 month old who will like this is a much as your previous b&w mobile idea.

  4. Lise
    September 21, 2010 at 11:21 pm

    Oh, thank you! I love it, and so will my bird-loving daughter.

  5. t a n y a
    September 21, 2010 at 11:52 pm

    Love this, it's perfect for Halloween! Thank you for sharing.

  6. Lori Henriques
    September 22, 2010 at 12:22 am

    oh my goodness, so cute! it looks like its flying with the wing movement. merveilleux! :)

  7. se7en
    September 22, 2010 at 2:12 am

    Oh this is just brilliant - as usual!!! My eldest son is going to love this and it is going to inspire him to make something - I just know!!!

  8. la.daridari
    September 22, 2010 at 6:18 am

    it's fantastic, thanks for sharing!!

  9. Kickcan and Conkers
    September 22, 2010 at 7:05 am

    Spectacular, yet again!

  10. toasted
    September 22, 2010 at 10:53 am

    Thanks so much for your generosity.

  11. MultipleMum
    September 22, 2010 at 10:58 am

    Your creativity astounds me. Really.

    September 22, 2010 at 11:17 am

    Thank you so much for sharing :-). I have 14 children in after school care this afternoon - guess what activity we'll be doing!!!


  13. modernmaam
    September 22, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    Oh thank you! Now we finally have a wee one on the way, I get to start making all the great little black and white goodies. I really like this one.

  14. Saisquoi
    September 22, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    Love, love, love. This might have to go into someone's room...

  15. Ann Martin
    September 22, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    So clever - well done, Joel!

  16. girlana2000
    September 22, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    Luv. Owls + Mobile = Winning Combination.

  17. inge
    September 22, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    wow! niceone!

  18. Marissa
    September 22, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    I love this! This would be perfect for my goddaughter's nursery... I'm going to make one of these little fellas for her tonight! :o)

  19. Claudia
    September 22, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    I like!!!

  20. Fast alles weiß...
    September 22, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    Hello Joel!
    Thanks for sharing this wonderful owl!

  21. JoJo
    September 22, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    Thanks Joel.
    I made this while my daughters were at school, then hung it up in the lounge and waited for their reaction when they came home. They love the owl!!! I love the shadow he makes on the wall at night! Thank you once again!

  22. Fredda
    September 22, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    Thanks for sharing! I have no children, but will craft this owl, too - it is so cute!
    Greetings, Fredda

  23. Miranda
    September 22, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    Very cool, already printed it out! I can't wait for you book to be released, any word on when that will be?

  24. Umatji
    September 23, 2010 at 2:35 am

    great design and beautiful sharing to boot! what a man! I, like many others have owl fascination so I am a fan!

  25. Koko
    September 23, 2010 at 5:57 am

    Very cool!

    September 23, 2010 at 6:40 am

    Wow, this is fabulous! Thanks so much, I'll be linking.

  27. mali mish
    September 23, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    Awesome. Totally going to try this today :)

  28. Grandmommy
    September 23, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    Joel - your owl is gorgeous - reminds me of Northwest Native American iconography. Would love to try it on some of those designs!

  29. Grandmommy
    September 23, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    Of course! I just looked at your mobiles and you have already done it!

  30. Anonymous
    September 23, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    I love it!!!! Thanks for sharing!

  31. Lily
    September 23, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    Waouh ! I love it !
    I know EXACTLY who will have a gorgeous owl on saturday (or two by the way...)
    Thank you for sharing.

  32. pa[u]
    September 23, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    j'adore!!! c'est vraiment "chouette"!

  33. Astrid
    September 23, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    Love love love it!
    Thank you for sharing..

  34. annette
    September 23, 2010 at 8:20 pm
    made some of these for my library this morning! so sweet.

  35. casey
    September 23, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    Love! I think I am going to make one out of scrapbooking pattern paper for my 9 month old's room. I have some Amy Butler stuff that will look fabulous. Thank you!!

  36. Jennifer
    September 23, 2010 at 11:23 pm

    Thank you for sharing! I am definitely going to make this. Love owls.

  37. Lillabilly
    September 23, 2010 at 11:52 pm

    What a fantastic design! This would lovely as a wood cut too. Fabulously done, Joel!

  38. Franziska
    September 24, 2010 at 8:32 am

    That's so cute. Thanks for sharing. I will blog about it on


  39. nesto
    September 24, 2010 at 9:35 am

    ooooooooooooooooooooh qu'il est joli!!! wonderful!

  40. - -rxndr!
    September 24, 2010 at 9:53 am

    it's so cute. i made one. hanged it over my bead and i freaked out when i entered the room after that :)) i have to get used to it.

  41. Lor
    September 24, 2010 at 10:06 am

    Beautiful design. I think I'll try this one. Thank you.

  42. Plain and Joyful Living
    September 25, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    Thank you for sharing this.
    It is so sweet.
    Warm wishes, Tonya

  43. Joel Henriques
    September 25, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    Thanks for the kind compliments everybody! I'm glad you're having some fun with these owls!

    Miranda - My book material is finished and is in the design, layout phase. It will be published Fall 2011, but will be available for pre-order in about 6 months. I'll keep everyone posted!

  44. Pawan
    September 26, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    Wow! Just came across your site. These owls would be a great art activity for my first graders to do with their big buddies. Thank you for the template! Pawan

  45. Laura
    September 28, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    Awesome! A good craft for our english playgroup!

    Laura in Ludwigsburg, Germany

  46. April
    September 28, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    Insanely cool. My daughter is going to love this! Thank you!

  47. Crazypatch
    September 29, 2010 at 10:02 am

    Super J'adore, je vais m'en faire plein et puis je mettre les lien sur mon blog....

    September 29, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    ADORBS!!! Very cool, and thanks for being generous with the template. I want one hanging in my office ASAP.

  49. origanimal
    September 30, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    Adore tu blog
    eres uno en un billón! maravilloso tu trabajo :)

  50. elvina
    September 30, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    Thank you! It's brilliant!!

  51. AnneMarie
    September 30, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    I'm going to make one even though I am a 25 yr old who lives in a group house... :)

  52. texttussi
    October 1, 2010 at 7:49 am

    Just wanted to let you know that I featured your gorgeous owl in my blogpost today: I love it!

  53. Naptime
    October 1, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    Another feature! Posted your cute idea in my halloween party idea for the classroom.

  54. paperminties
    October 4, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    I've been following your art blogs for about a month now! Needless to say, I'm a fan! I love paper and I'm so pleased to see this cut-paper artwork! Keep 'em coming! Great decor idea for the classroom!

  55. paulstickland
    October 8, 2010 at 7:43 am


    May I feature this on my Blog PopUps! for children?

    Paul Stickland

  56. Thuy-Lan
    October 8, 2010 at 9:28 am

    So wonderful, your owl, your generous and creative blog. I regularly look at it. I love the forms, colours that you create and use ! For the first time I tried to realize one of your idea, the owl, enough simple for my fingers. I put it in my 5 years old son's bedroom. He was very enthousiastic about it. He even invented a story : the owl can fly into the sky, transform itself into a star and transport him from planet to planet...
    Thuy-Lan (Paris, France)

  57. Joel Henriques
    October 8, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    Thanks everyone! I'm glad you're trying these out!

    Paul Stickland - Yes, you may feature this on your PopUps blog! I love your work. Thanks!

    Thuy-Lan - Thank you so much. The story your boy invented is beautiful! That makes me so happy!

  58. Nisha
    October 12, 2010 at 12:34 am

    Thank you so much for this fun craft. My daughter and I made the owl and its hanging out in the garden {till its starts raining :) } ... I have some photos here.

    Thanks for all your other projects as well.

  59. Joel Henriques
    October 12, 2010 at 5:30 am

    Thanks Nisha! Your blue owl is awesome! And your kids look so excited too. That's very nice. Cool to see the owl outside too!

  60. lizzsab
    October 12, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    I printed the template directly on brown construction paper. Worked great.

  61. Rosa Rood
    October 19, 2010 at 11:37 am

    Thanks so much for sharing!

    Greetings from Amsterdam,

  62. lale
    October 28, 2010 at 10:59 am

    Hi! Sorry for my bad english, I'm from Italy! I love this post very much, can I link it in my blog? I just started to build it, and I'd like to show your tutorial... let me know! thanks Lale

  63. Joel Henriques
    October 28, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    Cool. Yes lale, you may post it on your blog. Thanks!

  64. origanimal
    October 28, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    Lo hice con papeles de colores! quedó hermoso...
    I made with colors papers! they looked beautiful :D

  65. Joel Henriques
    October 28, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    origanimal - nice! I'd like to see that. sounds great.

  66. melanie
    November 7, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    These are so fun. I made them to decorate a Harry Potter costume party at our library yesterday!

  67. Juliette
    November 8, 2010 at 7:59 am

    Hi Joel. I love your blog, especially how you create fun stuff with materials that are easy to find! This mobile is beautiful, I tried to make one en posted about it on my blog
    Thanks for sharing all your great ideas!
    Many regards from Belgium.

  68. awkward annie
    November 24, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    Wow ~ so clever and simple. Thanks for sharing. I love your blog :)

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    That's just so awesome! Love it!

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    October 29, 2011 at 9:41 am

    Thank you so much for this great idea!

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    Que buenas ideas!, sencillas, baratas y para hacerlas cada uno a su manera. Muchas gracias! y felicidades!!. Pillet

  74. January 18, 2012 at 6:06 am

    once again thanks for sharing your template with all us! let me show you how amazing it looks im my son`s sweatshirt!

    1. January 20, 2012 at 12:25 pm

      Wow, this is totally awesome looking! Nice work Yolanda!

  75. February 5, 2012 at 11:09 am

    Hola! Thank you so much for all you big ideas! I used your owl image for a make a stamp.You can see my disaster tutorial here: Thanks!

    1. February 5, 2012 at 7:43 pm

      That's an awesome project Mireia! It turned out great!

  76. May 23, 2012 at 5:42 am

    Oh, too cute - I loved your mobile! Thanks for sharing your tutorial too, I have it linked to my mobiles post today as well!

  77. January 17, 2013 at 11:30 am

    Many thanks for posting “Paper Owl Mobile | Made by Joel”. I actuallywill absolutely be returning for far more browsing and commenting here soon enough. I am grateful, Dani

  78. June 7, 2013 at 9:39 am

    Hey Joel, Just wanted you to know how much mileage we've gotten out of this amazing template--I've been using it in various capacities for the last two years. We made them as mobiles, of course, and now we're making them into stained glass--black owl frames with tissue paper behind. I'm sure we'll use it for many more years to come (along with many ther projects of yours!) I work for Arts For Life, a North Carolina-based arts education non-profit. Our teachers work with kids and families in the hospital who are facing serious illnesses, including cancer and blood disorders. We have some truly talented young artists with very unique viewpoints. You can check out some of their work at our website: Thanks again for your generous and creative contributions to the arts education community, and for the inspiration you are spreading to these very special young folks all the way over here across the country!

    1. June 7, 2013 at 6:12 pm

      Thanks so much for the lovely note Annie! I'm so glad that I can help with what you all are doing! I looked at your site, and love all of the artwork the kids are doing. Very inspiring! Thanks again for the note, Joel

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