How adorable is this little easy paper owl craft? My son is really interested in owls right now, both because there are quite a few around where we live and because we recently started reading a bit of the first Harry Potter book. He thinks Hedwig is the best companion ever and is most disappointed that he isn’t old enough to go to Hogwarts! So, instead we made some little pretend owl companions of our own to keep at home. Can you guess which is his?
You will need
Thick paper or card (we used; brown, white, black, orange and yellow)
First you will need to cut out two strips of paper to make the owl’s head and body. You’ll need one strip to be 1-2cm wider than the other so that when rolled the head is smaller than the body.
Roll your two strips into tubes and secure them with your glue.
Now to make your owls face! Cut out two round circles for the iris, two slightly smaller black circles for the pupils and two small white circles for the light spots. Glue the three pieces together to make the eyes as you can see above. Take your yellow paper and fold it in half. Using the fold line as the base cut out a triangle to give you a folded beak shape.
Glue both eyes down on to your smallest tube. Then glue one half of the beak down too, leaving one half free.
Now take your yellow paper and cut out two little feet. From your owl coloured paper you will need to cut out two wing shapes. Make a small fold at the base of your wings to create a tab you can stick them on to your owl with.
Glue the feet down at the bottom of your bigger paper roll. Then, using the tabs you created, stick the wings down on the upper inside of the tube.
Glue your two tubes together and mount on to a piece of coloured card/paper at the feet. Your basic paper owl is finished! Doesn’t he look cute? Want to add two horned ears like you can see on our brown owl? Check out the photo below.
If you want to add some horned ear pieces to your owl simply cut out two long ear shapes. Then, just like you did with the wings fold a small section at the base to create a tab. Use these tabs to secure the ears on the upper inside of your smaller tubes and then fold the ears upwards.
How Cute are these little wavy paper jellyfish? The idea for these actually came about when I was making my Halloween paper ghosts and my son said how they looked like Jellyfish. He absolutely loves all things under the sea so I tweaked about with the original craft and came up with these. i’m pretty pleased with them too!
You will need
2 pieces of Coloured paper White paper Black paper or marker Scissors glue
To make the body of your jellyfish; take your two pieces of coloured paper and glue them together in the portrait position.
Use your scissors to Round off the top corners of your paper. This will make the dome shape of your jellyfish.
Take your scissors and cut strips into the bottom of your jellyfish. Stretch them up to about half way up your top piece of paper.
Now, take your first strip and begin folding it using accordion folds (like a fan) by following a pattern of folding one way and then back the other.
Repeat this step with the rest of your strips.
Now to finish your wavy paper jellyfish! cut and stick two white circles for the eyes and then using your marker or black paper; add two pupils and a smiley mouth.
Halloween is right around the corner and if like me you’re getting behind on making or buying Halloween decorations, these Halloween paper ghosts are the perfect solution! They’re really simple to make, they don’t take a huge amount of time and they only require basic resources. Me and my son had loads of fun making them and can’t wait to stick them in the windows for the trick or treaters to see!
You will need
2 sheets of white A4 paper Black marker or Black paper Scissors Glue stick
To make the body of your ghost; take your two pieces of white paper and glue them together in the portrait position.
Use your scissors to Round off the top corners of your paper, This will make the head shape of your ghost. Then, take your scissors and cut strips into the bottom of your ghost that stretch just up past the join in your pieces of paper.
Using either your marker or your black paper, give your ghost two round eyes and a mouth.
Now, take your first strip and begin folding it using accordion folds (like a fan) by following a pattern of folding one way and then back the other. Repeat this step with the rest of your strips.
If you want to add hands to your ghosts, simply cut out two mitten shapes and glue them either side.
Your Halloween paper ghosts are finished! how great do these look?! I’d love to see how yours turned out, did you know you can now find me on Facebook too?
Has anyone else seen the children’s programme Shaun the sheep? My Grandparents (yes, grandparents!) love it. They discovered it when watching tv with one of their other great grandchildren and every now and then we’ll walk in on them watching it at home too. It has the catchiest theme tune which has been stuck in my head all day. This little Pom pom printed sheep was inspired by Shaun. He looks great and Is really simple to make which makes it the perfect craft for at home and for toddler/preschool groups alike.
You will need
1 Sheet of blue card Black card white paper Glue Scissors White paint Peg Pom Pom
First you will need to cut your sheep’s face and legs from your black card. Position them on your blue card and glue them down. Then take your clothes peg and peg it to your pom pom.
Whilst holding your peg, dip your Pom Pom into the white paint and then dab in on the card to make your sheep’s woolly body.
To make the eyes, cut out two white circles and two slightly smaller black circles then glue them in place. For your sheep’s nostrils, cut out two tiny circles and glue them on the lower part of your sheep’s face.
Tip: If you’re cutting out multiple face shapes for toddler groups; use a hole punch to cut out several circles for the nostrils, it will save you heaps of time and lots of fiddly cutting.
Your Pom Pom printed sheep is finished! what a fun and simple craft. You could even expand on this activity by adding some grass and flowers!