Basic measurements below will create an owl approximately 3-inches tall which will hold 1-2 snack size candy bars, perfect for any Valentine exchange.
1 - 3 1/2" x 9" strip of paper for body
1 - 3" x 2 3/4" heart for feet
2 - 2 1/4" x 2 1/2" hearts for wings
2 - 1", 3/4", and 1/2" circles for eyes (or Googly eyes)
1 - tiny folded triangle for beak
1 - 5/8" x 1 5/8" 'Valentine U R A Hoot!' sign (print these from any word processing program)
1 - 1 1/4" x 1 3/4" ovals for 'face' and one slightly larger for accent - optional
Instructions: Glue the the strip to make a tube. Cut up about an 1 1/2-inches from the bottom on each side and glue the front edges of the cut slit over the back cuts to bring the bottom of the owl's body together and give it shape. This also makes the bottom of the tube smaller so that the heart feet will block the candy from falling out so be sure to overlap the tab edges and pull it in tight to close the hole.
Fold up the point on the 'feet' heart and glue the fold section even with the bottom of the tube. Let the glue dry before standing the owl up and proceeding on to shape the owl's head. A small piece of tape is needed to attach the feet to the front of the owl's belly from the inside.
Shape the head and form a small 'U' in the front and then match the shape in the back. Candy can be placed inside the body of the owl. Add the hearts for wings on either side of the body upside down. Add the face features and the Valentine sign.
The head may be hard to shape for little hands but they love adding the face and wings. Homemade Valentine's are fun and always make for great memories.
Happy Valentine's Day!