Paper Plate Bird Craft for Kids

This Paper Plate Bird Craft is so cute and easy.  It’s a great spring or Easter craft for kids to make!

Spring is in the air, and so my toddlers and preschoolers have been creating lots of Spring crafts to hurry it along!  Today I’m sharing a super-cute paper plate bird craft you see the Paper Plate Robins we made last year?  Well these are more colourful, eclectic version of those little birds.

Paper Plate Bird Craft - Happy Hooligans

Truth be told, we didn’t actually use paper plates for these birds because I didn’t have enough plates to go around.   I simply cut our circles (I traced a child’s plate) out of white cardboard.  A cereal box would to the trick too.

"rocking bird craft" made from paper plates

I have to say that I’m just in love with today’s vibrant version of the craft.  What a fun burst of colour as we await Spring!

For our paper plate bird craft, you’ll need:

supplies for paper plate bird craft

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  • White 9″ Paper Plates – 100 Count (or cardboard circle)
  • googly eyes
  • Cardstock for beak
  • thin strips of coloured construction paper
  • craft feathers (you could also use crumpled squares of tissue paper – see our Rockin’ Robin Craft)
  • paint
  • glue

We started by folding our paper plates in half.  

I set out a pallet of acrylic paints in assorted colours, and the hooligans painted their birds however they wished.  A quick blast with the hair dryer had them moving onto the next step in no time.  I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again.  If you have a spare hair dryer, move it into your craft room for speeding up the drying process when you’re crafting with your little ones.

painting our paper plate birds

Next, we glued on the feathers, eyes and the beak.

For the tail, I grabbed several strips of the construction paper and I folded them in half, kind of fanning the strips out a bit, and we stapled those to the tail end of the birds.

Fold your bird back in half, and you’re done!

2 paper plate birds

If your bird won’t stay folded, simply tape a piece of yarn or string to the inside, holding both halves of the plate together, while leaving about an inch and a half gap between them.

Now when you place your bird on a hard surface, you can “rock” it.

4 paper plate birds

How cute and how easy was that?


To see more easy and adorable bird crafts for kids, check out our:

Adorable Owls

Easter Peeps

Paper Plate Owls


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  1. says

    Adorable! I’m featuring these on The Sunday Showcase. By the way, you take amazing photos. Your post are always gorgeous no matter what the activity.

  2. Cindy deRosier says

    I’m the Editorial Assistant for Fun Family Crafts and I wanted to let you know that we have featured your bird project! You can see it here:

    If you have other kid friendly crafts, we’d love it if you would submit them. If you would like to display a featured button on your site, you can grab one from the right side bar of your post above. Thanks for a wonderful project idea!

  3. Jen says

    Hi Happy Hooligans! Is there a way to pin specific activities. I follow the page but would love to pin activities I can use for my OT kiddos! TIA

    • happyhooligans says

      When you hover over each photo, you should see a “P”, Jen. That’s the “pin it” button. You can click that to pin the post. There is also a row of social media buttons at the bottom of each post. One is a pin-it button. Alternatively, if you install the pin-it button in your tool bar, you can use that as well.

  4. says

    So cute and incredibly colorful. I know my little guy will love this! Can’t wait to try it. One question though – where did you get the colorful cafeteria-like tray to work off of? I keep seeing them on blogs but can’t seem to find them. Thanks!

  5. says

    Cute! Someone just shared this on Facebook and I had to stop by and Pin it. May just be making these when we get to our Q:Quail (Birds) unit.

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