Turn some paper plates and fabric scraps into a bunch of adorable paper plate owls.
Here’s a cute, and easy fall craft for your kids to make! We made these paper plate owls on a total whim today when one of the hooligans said she’d like to make some owl crafts.
Since we’re working on our A-Z paper plate crafts series, I thought this would be perfect the Letter O craft in our series.
These owls involved several fun and interesting steps. The kids really enjoyed making them and they turned out so cute.
Note: you may want to check out our folded paper plate owls and our cupcake liner owls too.
To make our paper plate owls, you’ll need:
(for your convenience, Amaazon Affilifate links have been added to this post)
- 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. 🙂
What do you think? Aren’t these just the cutest little things you ever did see?
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Jackie is a mom, wife, home daycare provider, and the creative spirit behind Happy Hooligans. She specializes in kids’ crafts and activities, easy recipes, and parenting. She began blogging in 2011, and today, Happy Hooligans inspires more than 2 million parents, caregivers and Early Years Professionals all over the globe.
I love them!
Thanks very much for all your hard work with these lovely craft ideas. I have a mixture of ages and I can always find something for all of them on here. xx
These are super cute. I love how you worked together to come up with a way to glue them. I am going to share this idea on my Facebook page.
Your site is awesome! Beautiful crafts that are simple yet provide great learning experience for the children. I also appreciate that your supply lists are not outrageous (in both price and items needed). We have done many of your crafts and have had a lot of fun! Thanks for what you do!
Thank you so much for your lovely comment, Nicole. It makes me so happy to know others are trying my ideas. And yes, I’m with you about the craft supplies. I love to keep things easy and inexpensive so as many people as possible can do them. We wouldn’t craft nearly as much if I had to be running out to the store and spending money on supplies all the time. It’s amazing what you can find around the house when you start looking. 🙂
Tina @ Mamas Like Me
I just love these! Can’t wait to try them out with my crew!
Have fun with them, Tina!
Love the fabric wings! I so often forget to dig thru my fabric bin. Thanks for the reminder And cute ideas. You have a bunch of lucky hooligans!
Aw, thanks, Cindy. 🙂 We don’t dig through ours often enough either. I think I’ll try and use more fabric in our crafts here this year. I love that the scraps are so tactile and colourful. It’s so fun to go through them all, touching and looking at all the different textures and patterns. That’s an activity in itself.
So cute and fabulous! I will give a try at my nursery! Thanks for idea!:)
I hope your litte ones enjoy making them as much as we did here, Inese! Have fun!
Theresa--Capri + 3
Super cute! I love that you used fabric scraps for the wings. That adds a whimsical quality to the owls.
Oh my goodness…these are so cute! Will definitely be trying these with the kids I see for Occupational Therapy at school. I love how unique the finished products were – each with their own style! 🙂 Thanks for the cute idea!
You’re welcome, Claire! I’m glad you enjoyed them!
Heather @ Crayon Box Chronicles
Super cute Jackie! I love how you incorporated fabric scraps and several different techniques to apply paint. Thank you for sharing on our page today! Pinned!
Thank you, Heather!
I am impressed that you were able to come up with this craft “on the fly”. You are so creative! Thanks for sharing with Afterschool!
Thanks for sharing this cute craft on my weekly linky party at CrystalandComp. I will be sharing on my fb page and I’m headed over to pin it right now! 🙂
Anna@The Measured Mom
I. Just. Love. These. Pinning for letter O – and Thanks for sharing at After school!
I love all of these owl ideas. My son’s class is the Owls and so his teacher has lots of owl decorations. I now have tons of ideas for little things he can make to give to her!! 🙂
Pauline, Lessons Learnt Journal
How absolutely adorable Jackie! I get quite gah-gah over owls and this is just too cute. I’m sure my kids would love making this. Thanks for linking this up to the Kids Co-Op. I’ll be featuring your post in my rainy day play roundup this week. xo P