Scrap Wood Owl Garden Stakes

I saw the cutest wooden owl stakes while perusing Pinterest recently and just had to give it a try! If you're a Pinterest lover please follow along! 

The owls I saw were actually made from wood scraps and weren't painted at all. 

After an image search on Google I was unable to find the original source so I'm creating my own version for you today. 

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garden owls in pot with rusty piece and shutter

I began with a single scrap of wood from my workshop. I used an inexpensive jigsaw to cut the wood into random oval shapes with ears.

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I painted the pieces with a couple coats of Moss green chalk paint and let it dry. 

painted green owl shapes on newspaper

Next, I searched around for circles to use as eyes and found these gold bases that were originally from bristle brush Christmas trees I had removed at one time. 

gold circles

You can use bottle caps, wooden circles cut from a large dowel, store bought circles, or cut your own circles from scrap wood. I glued the gold circles to my owls using E6000 glue and added an eyeball with a Sharpie Paint Pen. 

owl plant stake with a key

Next, I needed a mouth, first I tried a key but when I stepped back I thought the owl had a pretty weird looking smirk so I went with upside down wooden hearts. I really think they could also pass as cats! 

owl with heart mouth

The package of wooden hearts I purchased from Amazon several months ago have been used in sooo many projects. Well worth the cost of about 100 hearts! 

owls with gold painted mouth and eyes

I used a gold paint pen from Dollar Tree to color the hearts. 


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garden owls and paint stick

garden owls with overlay

Lastly, I attached metal curtain rods to the back of the owl using random hardware pieces from my workshop. I'm hoping the curtain rods are going to rust up nicely! It truly pays to save random pieces of broken things.

You can also use dowels or plant stakes as the rods for this project. See some suggestions at the end of this post. 

green owls on metal stakes

I sprayed a few coats of spray sealer over the owls to protect them from the elements and I ended up with the cutest wood scrap owls to stick in the garden or a potted plant for Spring! 

garden owl stakes


garden stakes by shed sign

This was such a simple project that is going to look amazing once the Hosta plants in my garden are in full bloom! Cats or owls whatever you like! 😆

garden owls in pot with rusty piece and flowers

I love using junk pieces to create fun new projects! Especially junk pieces in the garden

garden owl stakes and window and sign


garden owls in pot with shutter and flowers

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garden owls in pot with flowers


I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife, mother of 4 daughters, and a grandmother of 5 and counting. I am a retired teacher, a DIY blogger and an artist at heart. .