Get ready for kids to have a hoot playing with this clever flying owl craft. Using a paper plate as a starry night background, kids move their owl puppet around and watch as it soars high in the night time sky.
It’s no secret I am obsessed with interactive paper plate crafts. It’s been a while since I’ve brought something new to the table for littles ones to make and play with, and this new flying owl craft does not disappoint.
This owl art project is fun and easy for kids of all ages to make. Plus, the owl theme makes it great for a fall kids craft.
Read our simple how-to instructions for making this easy fall craft below, and make sure to catch our full video tutorial near the bottom of this post.
How to Make a Flying Owl Craft
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Supplies Needed for your Owl Paper Plate Craft
- paper plates
- black paint
- white paint
- peel and stick craft sticks (We found ours at Walmart in the craft aisle.)
- cardstock (color of your choice)
- 3-inch circle punch
- 2-inch circle punch
- googly eyes (We received self-adhesive googly eyes from Oriental Trading and love them! All opinions are 100% my own.)
- gel pens (optional -You could also use markers, colored pencil or crayons)
- glue stick
Instructions for making your Flying Owl Puppet Craft
Step 1: Begin by painting the front of a paper plate with black paint.
Step 2: Now let’s make the starry night sky on the paper plate. This is such a fun painting technique. You’ll need two paintbrushes to get the desired effect. Pour a small amount of white paint on a paper plate.
Dab the end of one of the paintbrushes in the white paint. Then, while holding the paintbrush over the painted paper plate, tap the base of the brush with your other paintbrush. This transfers white speckles onto the paper plate that look like stars.
Continue moving the brush around the paper plate and tapping it with the other paintbrush to fill the black paper plate with shining white stars. Set your paper plate aside to dry completely.
Step 3: While you still have your black paint out, paint the front of an adhesive craft stick with it. Set it aside to dry completely.
Step 4: As you wait for your paint to finish drying, make your owl puppet. Cut out a 3-inch circle and a 2-inch circle with your punches.
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Step 5: Cut the 2-inch circle in half to make two owl wings. Then cut a half circle shape out of the top of the 3-inch circle. This makes the owl body with two ear shapes at the top of it.
Step 6: Add googly eyes on your owl’s face. Then use gel pens, markers, or colored pencils to add a beak and feather details to the owl body and wings.
Step 7: Use a glue stick to glue the wings onto your owl puppet. Then peel the backing off the end of your adhesive craft stick and attach it to the back of your owl.
Step 8: Poke the end of your scissors into your paper plate in the bottom one-third and corner of your paper plate. Place your scissors into the hold and cut a line along the bottom of the paper plate. This makes an opening for you to place your owl puppet inside.
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Time to play with your fun flying owl craft
Place the owl puppet down inside the opening at the bottom of the paper plate. Use one hand to hold the bottom of the craft stick of the owl puppet while using the other hand to hold your paper plate in place.
Move the owl puppet around and watch as it takes flight around the starry night sky.
Video Tutorial: How to create this make and play owl paper plate craft
Watch the video below for a step by step guide on how to make this owl puppet craft.
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