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 the super-cute paper plate bird craft that we made today. It’s one of many in our A-Z paper plate crafts collection. Did you see the Paper Plate Robins we made last year? Well the birds that the hooligans made today are a more colourful and eclectic version of those robins.
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 circles (I traced a child’s plate) out of white cardboard. A cereal box would to the trick too.
I have to say that I’m just in love with these little birdies! What a fun burst of colour as we await Spring!
For our paper plate bird craft, you’ll need:
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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)
To make our paper plate birds:
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.
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!
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 flat surface, you can “rock” it.
How cute and how easy was that?
And now check out these rocking bunnies by Red Ted Art!
BRING ON SPRING!
More bird crafts for kids:
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