anthro knock-off: owl canister

anthro knock-off owl

have you seen the amazing owl canisters from anthropologie?  gah!  so crazy beautiful, right?  and there are so many to choose from, too.  love them all.  i want a little owl family nesting somewhere in my home.  not real ones, just anthro ones, thanks.
what?  i’m not a billionaire?  oh yeah.
anthro knock-off owl
lucky me, i happened upon this little gem at a garage sale a few months ago!
anthro knock-off owl
ok, time to be truthful.  the real “before” picture is above, on the window sill, a not-nearly-as-cute former life as a brown owl (sheesh, who ever heard of that?).
sadly, my only before pic also shows my failings at household duties.  darn picture was too fuzzy to crop everything else out and just keep the owl!
really, the owl has no purpose.  its not actually a canister.  it looks like a pitcher, but there’s no spout hole.  its only purpose in life is to sit there and look pretty. and i needed to help it fulfill its purpose!
anthro knock-off owl
so i gave the owl several coats of glossy cream spray paint then got out my crafty paints.
anthro knock-off owl
i really watered down the colors i used and git just a teeny bit on my brush at a time as it ran into the cracks and crevices of the owl pretty quickly.  i wanted a watercolor-y look, so i was ok with it being kind of transparent.
he is still awaiting a coat of clear gloss since where i painted is a flatter sheen, but he’ll have to wait a bit longer… i found another owl to repaint and join him!


  1. 1

    love it! and love your before pic :) good to see you’re just like the rest of us (or me, at least)!

  2. 2
    Ashley Werner says:

    I like yours better then the Anthro one! Love it!

  3. 3

    totally 2nd everything dana said!

  4. 4
    Rondell says:

    Love him, so cute!

  5. 5

    Ugly owl gets a makeover…brilliant! SO cute!

  6. 6

    I love owls, too. Yours looks great! And THANK YOU for sharing the pic of your kitchen – love the honesty. Plus it makes me feel better about mine looking the exact same way :)

  7. 7

    Owls are just adorable…but don’t tell too many people you are an owl fan, or you’ll start receiving all sorts of “owlish” things– and they are not all cute!

  8. 8

    I love him, he’s even cuter than the Anthro one since you got to paint him yourself!
    I’m gonna have to be on the lookout for some owls to do a little makeover on as well :)

  9. 9

    What a cute owl-you are so creative!
    When you are creating something has to go (house work).
    During a project my kitchen looks the same. Thanks for sharing :)

  10. 10

    I love it!! I want a whole family of owls too… and if that picture is you failing at household duties then we are failing together!

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    Kristina says:

    My daughter got me the Anthro one for Christmas and I about cried when I opened it that morning! He makes me happy twice over. Once ’cause he is so cute to look at and twice ’cause that’s where we keep our chocolate stash!

  12. 12

    Oh my word! He is darling!! I love it!!

    (Love Kristina’s comment. It gave me a chuckle!)

  13. 13

    love him!

  14. 14

    I love you little owl:-) ive always loved anthros versions too but idrather put 68 dollars toward our family avacation than a cookie jar. I was lucky to score a set of three yellow owl canisters while thrifting last year…all three for only 2.99! Thats my idea of a deal!

  15. 15

    This is super cute! I love owls. You did a snazzy job painting this sleepy guy!

  16. 16

    Love it!! Pretty great knock off ~ anthro, watch out!

  17. 17

    totally awesome!!

  18. 18

    Dude, this is AWESOME!!!

  19. 19

    love love love it!
    you are so creative.. and i love the way you admitted that you were going
    to crop out the messy area but couldn’t.
    awesome :)

  20. 20

    This looks so good! I’m sure I don’t even want to know how much the Anthropologie one was, but yours looks basically the same. Might have to hunt down some little owls of my own!

  21. 21

    This is so cute!!

  22. 22

    How much fun is that? I love your owl (and the shot of the dirty dishes in your sink : ))!

  23. 23

    That is wonderful that you decided to make it for yourself. I would love it if I had the talent to DIY but it doesn’t come naturally for me!
    Cute post!

  24. 24

    I saw these little guys, and it made me think of you! Happy little owls.||NoFacet-_-NoFacet-_-Summer%202012%20D1%2B2%20Billboards-_-

  25. 25

    this is amaaaaaazing! What a fantastic idea you have! I have these weird little vintage owl decorations that WILL BE getting this anthro-makeover!
    Love this .Seriously! So much so that I featured this post on my blog today for “Saturday link love”
    you can check it out if you like!

  26. 26

    Oh my gosh, he’s so cute! He’s one of those I’m-not-sure-if-I’m-pretty-or-ugly-but-if-you-look-at-me-long-enough-I’m-totally-pretty-er-handsome” things. Looking forward to seeing his buddy soon!

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