The Daily Prophet is reporting that some owls are quite peeved about loosing their jobs. In an effort to prevent an owl strike, the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures has used transfiguration to create a dropping-free owl/paper airplane hybrid.
Now you can make your very own owl airplane to transmit your super-secret messages. Just don't be suprised if is flies a little more like Pigwidgeon than Hedwig ;)
Step 1: Choose Your Owl
Choose one of the links below, then save the picture to your computer and print it from a image program. Full size, they are 7.5" x 10" and designed to be printed with a .25" border on each side.
Coloring Page Owl
Photo Style Owl
Step 2: Cut the Paper to Size
I like to use a paper cutter to ensure straight lines, but of course you can use good old fashioned scissors.
If you choose to use a plain paper, you can skip this step.
Step 3: Write Your Message
To keep your message top secret make sure that you keep it in the top 1/3 of the paper (it will be hidden when you fold your plane).
Step 4: Crease the Center
For this crease, and all of the other folds that follow, make sure to tighten the crease by running your nail along the edge of the fold.
Step 5: Fold Triangles on Each Side
Fold a tirangle from the center-top point to the mark you just made on the right side.
Repeat the same thing on the left side. Now you should see the owl face on top with a little tab hanging over.
Step 6: Tuck in the Tab
Step 7: Fold Down the Face
Step 8: Fold in Half
Step 9: Create the Center Body
Repeat again on the other side. When you do this, the outside edges should be right on top of each other.
You will now have a little pyramid standing up on the backside of the owl (important to help with the owl's aerodynamics)
Step 10: Fold the Side Wings
Step 11: Your Owl Is Ready to Fly!
Hold the body (that littl pyramid on the bottom) about a quarter of the way down from the top of the head. Hold it so that the head is pointed slightly upwards and throw it gently overhand.
It works best indoors or when there is no breeze
Step 12: Reveal the Secret Message