Turn some paper plates and fabric scraps into a bunch of adorable paper plate owls.
I took a peek through our craft cupbiards and I came across a stack of paper plates just itching to be put to good use.
These owls involved several fun and interesting process, and I think they’re too cute for words! Ready?
To make our paper plate owls, you’ll need:
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- Paper plates
- White foam circles or white circles cut from paper (for eyes)
- small black buttons
- foam or construction paper (for claws and beaks)
- Fabric Scraps (in contrasting colours) cut into 2 sets of “wings”, one large set and one smaller set.
Making our owls:
The morning was cool so we started off inside; I began by having the hooligans decorate their plates. I set out a variety of Crayola paints and the children used several different techniques to apply their paint.
When our paint was dry (a blast from the hair dryer helped!), we headed outside and decorated our owls.
We tried using various gluing methods. Glue sticks (not bad), and glue bottles (a bit too tough for little hands to squeeze), but we ended up doing what we usually do, which is dipping paint brushes into a small container of glue, and brushing it onto the project. This is my favourite way for really young children to use glue.
First they layered on their wings. For each wing, I had cut two sizes of contrasting fabric swatches. A pointy oval that follows the curve of the paper pate works well.
Once they had their wings where they wanted them, they added their white foam piece eyes, and they added black button to those.
For the final touch they added their feet! I’d chosen a star-flower type of shape; you’ll see a few of them in this next photo. I simply cut those in half, and they looked like perfect, little claws! Those were stickers so the girls merely peeled the backs off, and placed them at the bottom of their plate.
To finish, I taped a loop of yarn to the top/back of the owls so they could be hung up and displayed.
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