25 Fun And Easy Bird Crafts For Kids, With Pictures

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Come spring, and the world is a riot of colors. Flowers bloom everywhere, trees have a crown of green leaves, new shoots sprout, and happiness fills the air.

Birds are an integral part of spring. Multicolored and pretty, these birds can be found on trees and your window sills, chirping and cawing, always on the move.

Children love birds because they are colorful and attractive, and each one is unique. Encourage your child to explore the world of birds by making peacock, rooster, owl, parrot, and many other bird crafts. The options are endless, and the best part of the exercise is that most of these crafts can be made with the things available at home.

Here are 25 bird crafts for kids to explore the colorful world of birds.

25 Bird Crafts For Kids

We have made a list of the most interesting bird crafts for kids. These crafts can be done using different materials that you can find at home or a stationery store.

1. Paper plate bird

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This is a very easy bird craft for kids of preschool age. It requires minimal effort, and the result is beautiful.

You will need:

  • Two paper plates
  • Paints and brushes
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Googly eyes
  • Feathers
  • Markers

How to make:

  • Fold one paper plate in half and then fold it in half again so that you get quarters. Cut two quarters for the wings.
  • With the other half, cut out the legs and the beak.
  • Paint the other paper plate in any color of your choice.
  • Paint the wings, beak, and legs as well.
  • Apply glue to the big paper plate and stick the wings, beak, and legs.
  • Add some feathers for some added effect.
  • Glue the googly eyes.
  • Decorate the bird in any way you wish using markers, paints, or other decorative items, such as glitter or sequins.

2. Eggshell bird

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This eggshell bird is cute, and your children will adore it. It is effortless to make and can help develop their fine motor skills and concentration as they handle the fragile eggshell carefully.

You will need:

  • Egg
  • Construction paper
  • Straw
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Paints and paintbrush
  • Googly eyes

How to make:

  • Poke a hole in an egg and drain the contents through the hole.
  • Paint it in a color of your choice. Let it dry.
  • Cut two triangles for the beak, one square for the tail, and two triangles for the wings from the construction paper.
  • Cut shapes for the feet, as shown in the image.
  • Fold the triangles for the beak along the midline and stick them so that they face opposite directions.
  • Fanfold the tail square, open one end, and stick the triangular end to the egg.
  • Do the same for the wings.
  • Cut a straw in half and glue the two pieces on for the legs. Stick the feet to the straws.
  • Stick the googly eyes, and your eggshell bird is ready.

3. Felt bird

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This soft felt bird can be made in various colors. It is simple to make and very versatile. You can turn it into ornaments for your Christmas tree or hang it on your window.

You will need:

  • Felt in different colors
  • Needle and thread
  • Batting (if you plan to make a stuffed bird)
  • Ribbon
  • Glue

How to make:

  • Cut out the shape of a bird from the felt.
  • If you plan to make a stuffed bird, cut two similar shapes, and sew them together, leaving a gap.
  • Stuff the batting through the gap and close the hole.
  • Sew on the beak, wings, and legs using cut-outs from other pieces of felt.
  • For a simple bird, cut out a shape of the bird and another of the same shape but a smaller size.
  • Place them together and sew. Attach the other body parts.
  • Glue or sew on a ribbon loop at the top for hanging.

4. Mixed media bird

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Although the name might sound a bit intimidating, mixed media is nothing but using different craft materials. You can use paper, cloth, canvas, beads, feathers, etc., to make a beautiful bird.

You will need:

  • Cardboard
  • Unused clothes
  • Feathers
  • Straw
  • Googly eyes
  • A3 paper
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Paints and paintbrushes

How to make:

  • Cut the cardboard to form the bird’s head, body, and beak.
  • Cut the fabric into different shapes.
  • Take the A3 paper and stick the head, body, and beak onto it.
  • Paint the cardboard pieces in the colors of your choice.
  • Decorate the bird with the cloth.
  • Stick feathers for the tail and wings.
  • Glue on the googly eyes.
  • Cut the straw in two and attach them to the body to create the legs.
  • You can use sequins, beads, or even newspapers to make your bird unique.

5. Easter turkey

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This is a great gift idea for Easter. It is handmade, and therefore more intimate. Moreover, it is effortless to make, so you can make a bunch of them in no time.

You will need:

  • Card stock
  • Construction paper
  • Googly eyes
  • Scissors
  • Glue

How to make:

  • Cut the card stock into a semicircle for the body and a small circle for the head.
  • Cut the construction paper into oval or leaf shapes. Make lots of them.
  • From the scraps, cut a small triangle for the beak.
  • Stick the head over the body, slightly overlapping over each other.
  • Glue on the eyes and the beak.
  • Stick the construction paper feathers around the body and head.
  • Cut out some shapes for the wings and stick them in the front of the body.
  • Cut two rectangles for the legs and glue them on.

6. Button owl

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If your child is curious about owls, here is a great craft they can make. Your child can use this craft for decorating gift bags.

You will need:

  • Card stock
  • Buttons in different sizes
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Markers

How to make:

  • Draw a basic owl shape on the card stock with the marker.
  • Cut it out.
  • Apply glue on the buttons. Stick a huge button for the belly.
  • Attach two medium-sized buttons for the eyes and two regular buttons for the feet.
  • You can decorate the wings with small buttons, markers, or other decorative materials, such as sequins, glitter, ribbons, and wool.

7. Felt penguin

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This is an easy felt penguin craft for preschoolers. It looks cute, just like real penguins, and children will love making it.

You will need:

  • Black felt
  • White felt
  • Blue and orange construction paper
  • Cotton
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Googly eyes

How to make:

  • Cut out shapes for the penguin’s body, wings, and head from the black felt.
  • Cut an oval from the white felt to fit over the body.
  • Over the blue construction paper, stick some balls of cotton to depict snow. You can also stick some over the lower edge of the paper.
  • Stick the penguin over the blue paper. Glue on the white felt oval over the penguin’s stomach.
  • Cut out shapes for the beak and feet from the orange paper and glue them on.
  • Glue on googly eyes on your penguin.
  • You can make different birds of your choice by using different colors of felt.

8. Yogurt bottle bird

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Here’s a recyclable bottle craft that children will love to do. You can make this craft if you have leftover yogurt bottles or any container with a wide mouth.

You will need:

  • Empty yogurt bottle
  • Paints and brushes
  • Googly eyes
  • Construction paper and tissue paper
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Straw

How to make:

  • Paint the bottle in the colors of your choice. Let it dry.
  • Cut or tear tissue paper to make a tail. Paste it on.
  • Glue on the googly eyes.
  • From the construction paper, cut out shapes for the beak and wings and stick them on.
  • Cut a straw in two and stick the pieces on the lower end of the bottle for the legs.
  • You can use real feathers instead of tissue paper. You can also use other decorative items, such as glitter, to make your bird pretty.

9. Pinecone bird

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If you often find pinecones in your backyard or during your school walk, this craft might be just the perfect one for you. Children, especially toddlers and preschoolers, will love making cute pinecone birds.

You will need:

  • Pinecone
  • Glue
  • Paints and paintbrush
  • Feathers
  • Construction paper
  • Googly eyes (small)

How to make:

  • Paint the pinecone in colors of your child’s choice.
  • Apply glue and attach feathers over it once it dries. If you do not have feathers, use tissue paper or Q-tips.
  • Stick on the googly eyes.
  • Cut a small piece of the construction paper into a triangle and paste it invertedly below the eyes. This will form the bird’s beak.

10. CD bird

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Every home has CDs and DVDs lying around. They are of no use now, but you can encourage your children to make awesome bird crafts from them.

You will need:

  • CD or DVD
  • Googly eyes
  • Construction paper
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Straw

How to make:

  • On the shiny side of the CD, apply glue, and paste the googly eyes.
  • Cut beak and wing shapes from the construction paper.
  • Apply glue on the back of the CD and attach the wings.
  • Stick the beak below the eyes.
  • Cut the straw in two and stick them on for the legs.
  • You can pass a thread or ribbon through the hole in the middle for hanging the CD bird.

11. Playdough bird

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Playdough might be an unusual choice of material to make a bird. However, children love creating new things from playdough, so you might as well let them make colorful birds from it.

You will need:

  • Playdough in different colors

How to make:

  • Make two balls from one color. Ensure one is smaller than the other.
  • Flatten them, and join them.
  • Decorate the body with different colors and shapes of playdough. Do not forget to create the tail.
  • Make eyes from black and white playdough and create a beak.
  • Make two thin cylinders for the legs and three tiny cylinders for the feet.
  • Put it all together.
  • If you have access to a kiln, you can even bake it and harden it.

12. Paper roll bird

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This bird craft for kids is another easy and pretty project that children love doing. You can make any number of birds, from the black crow to the multicolored toucan.

You will need:

  • Paper roll
  • Construction paper (one color for the body, one for the beak and feet, additional colors for the wings and extra decoration)
  • Googly eyes
  • Scissors
  • Glue

How to make:

  • Cover the paper roll with construction paper. Glue it firmly in place. This is the body of the bird.
  • Stick the googly eyes. Leave around ¼th of the eyes free above the body.
  • Cut shapes for the beak (a triangle), feet, and wings with construction paper. You can also use another color for the bird’s stomach.
  • Stick them all in place.
  • You can use feathers instead of construction paper for the wings.

13. Footprint turkey

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If you are wondering what gift your child must give others for Thanksgiving, this is an awesome idea. This footprint turkey is very easy to make and looks pretty as well.

You will need:

  • A4 size paper
  • Paints
  • Construction paper in different colors
  • Marker
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Googly eyes

How to make:

  • Pour paint on a plate. Ask your child to dip their foot in it and make a footprint on paper. Let it dry.
  • Cut oval or leaf shapes from the construction paper. Reserve a tiny triangle for the beak of the bird.
  • After the paint has dried, stick the eyes and the beak. The heel part is the head of the turkey.
  • Arrange the oval-shaped paper around the bird and paste.
  • Draw two legs with a marker. Your footprint turkey for Thanksgiving is ready.

14. Fall leaf bird

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Fall leaves are great materials for making crafts. They are extremely versatile, and you can make a lot of creative stuff out of them, including pretty birds.

You will need:

  • Fall leaves
  • Paper
  • Glue
  • Scissors

How to make:

  • Select a round or oval leaf and stick it on the paper for the body.
  • Take a smaller round leaf and stick it on the paper for the head.
  • Stick on various leaves for the wings, beak, and tail. You can trim or clip the leaves if they do not match a particular shape.

15. Birds on a rope

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Your children often see birds sitting on overhead wires. They can recreate the scene in their rooms with this simple yet beautiful craft. This is a brilliant craft idea for decorating the rooms of babies and toddlers.

You will need:

  • A rope
  • Construction paper
  • Glue
  • Scissors

How to make:

  • Trace bird shapes on construction paper and cut them out. You can get bird shape templates on the Internet.
  • Apply glue to the rope and stick the birds on to it.
  • You can put them up on the walls by attaching both ends to hooks or nails.

16. Quilled bird

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Quilling is a technique that involves coiling strips of colorful paper to make different crafts. Quilled birds are quite easy to make and look stunning.

You will need:

  • Quilling strips of different colors (you will get them in a stationery store)
  • Corrugated cardboard sheet
  • Bird template
  • Glue
  • Paper pins
  • Paints and paintbrushes
  • Contact paper
  • A4 paper

How to make:

  • Download a template of a bird and print it out on paper.
  • Attach it to the cardboard sheet and cover it with the contact paper.
  • Roll the quilling paper in different shapes (circles, soft and pointed ovals, etc.)
  • Stick the shapes along the outline of the bird by applying glue to the side of the quilling paper.
  • When two shapes are near each other, apply glue on the sides where they meet and stick them together.
  • In the end, you will have a colorful quilling bird. You can use beads, pearls, sequins, glitter, etc., to fill in the gaps, if any.

17. Paper nest chicks

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Paper chicks make cute gifts for Easter. Add a cute newspaper nest, and the gift is complete. Gift these cute and fluffy chicks to people and melt their hearts.

You will need:

  • Newspaper
  • Plastic bowl
  • Tissue paper in different colors
  • Construction paper
  • Googly eyes
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Feathers

How to make:

  • Tear newspaper into small pieces and place on the outside of the bowl.
  • Mix a bit of water with glue.
  • Apply the glue and water mixture to each piece, covering it completely. Let dry. Apply one or two more layers in the same way.
  • Once dry, lift the bowl. The paper layer will separate and come off. This is the nest.
  • Scrunch some tissue paper and use it to line the newspaper bowl and the edges.
  • If you have feathers, glue some of them to the nest as well.
  • For the birds, roll newspaper into the shape of a bird.
  • Wrap each newspaper in different colored tissue paper and apply glue to make it hold its place. Apply another layer of tissue paper to this.
  • Fold some tissue in triangles and glue them on for the wings.
  • Cut shapes for the feet and beak from the construction paper.
  • Glue on the googly eyes.

18. Stone birds

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If your child loves spending time outdoors, you can encourage them to collect rocks and pebbles. They can turn these into beautiful birds.

You will need:

  • Roundish stone
  • Feathers
  • Googly eyes
  • Glue
  • Construction paper (for the beak)

How to make:

  • First, wash the stone thoroughly in running water and let it dry.
  • Glue on the feathers for the tail and the wings.
  • Next, stick the googly eyes.
  • Cut a triangle from the construction paper and stick it as the beak.
  • You can also use colors to draw the eyes and beak.
  • Make as many birds as you wish. Stick them to the wall, or place them on your child’s study table.

19. Ice cream stick birds

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When you have a group of children and want to make them practice a quick summer or spring craft, this bird craft is one of the best. It is pretty simple and quite functional as well.

You will need:

  • Ice cream sticks
  • Tissue paper in different colors
  • Googly eyes (small)
  • Construction paper for the beak
  • Paint and paintbrushes

How to make:

  • Paint one half of the ice cream stick. Let it dry.
  • Tear tissue paper into small pieces and stick them behind the painted tip. These are the wings of the bird.
  • Glue on the googly eyes.
  • Cut a small triangle from the construction paper and make a beak. Glue it in place.
  • You can use these crafts as bookmarks or display them on your child’s study table.

20. Cork birds

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Cork is an excellent material for making crafts. It is firm and small  and can be easily held by the hands. These cork birds are cute and can be used as a magnet for your fridge or as a keychain.

You will need:

  • Cork
  • Construction paper
  • Paints and brushes
  • Googly eyes
  • Glue
  • Marker
  • Feathers

How to make:

  • Paint the cork in the colors of your choice.
  • Cut an oval or a heart shape from the paper and glue it on the cork. This will be the stomach of the bird.
  • Cut out shapes for the wings and feet. Stick them on.
  • Add some feathers for the tail and the head.
  • Stick on the googly eyes. You can even make eyes out of paper and stick them.
  • Turn it into a keychain by inserting an eye-pin.

21. Paper cup birds

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Paper cups are pretty versatile. You can make beautiful crafts out of them, including different birds.

You will need:

  • Paper cups in different colors
  • Wool in different colors
  • Googly eyes
  • Construction paper
  • Feathers
  • Glue

How to make:

  • Stick googly eyes on the paper cup, about one inch from the bottom (the bottom of the cup will be the head of the bird).
  • Wound the wool around the mouth of the cup up to half the height of the cup. Make 10-12 rounds.
  • Stick feathers on the sides for the wings, back for the tail, and over the head.
  • Cut small triangles from the construction paper and stick them on for the beak.

22. Pom-pom birds

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If you are looking for an easy craft idea for your children on Easter, this is the right one. It is so easy that you will end up making loads of them before you know it. You can use them on Easter cards or hang them on your child’s window or ceiling.

You will need:

  • Pom-poms
  • Card stock
  • Marker
  • Beads
  • Glue

How to make:

  • Select a big pom-pom for the body and a small one for the head.
  • Glue them on the paper, adjacent to one another.
  • Draw the beak, legs, and feet with a marker.
  • Glue beads on the head for the eye.

23. Potato print birds

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Vegetable prints are an all-time favorite with children. You can use different vegetables to make different crafts.

You will need:

  • Potato
  • Paints
  • Construction paper
  • Marker
  • A3 paper
  • Glue

How to make:

  • Cut the potato in half.
  • Draw the eyes, tail, legs, and wings on the paper using a marker.
  • Cut a small triangle from the construction paper and stick it on.
  • Dip the potato in paint and create different prints on the bird.

24. Shredded paper CD birds

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This is another craft that can be made using CDs. While the earlier one was very simple and quick to make, this one is more fun and will keep toddlers engaged for long.

You will need:

  • CD
  • Shredded paper
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Googly eyes
  • Construction paper
  • Feathers

How to make:

  • Apply glue on the CD and paste the shredded pieces of paper generously over the CD.
  • Glue on the googly eyes.
  • Paste the feathers for the wings and tail.
  • Cut out a small triangle from the construction paper and stick it on the CD for the beak.

25. Seashell birds

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Have you ever thought you could make beautiful birds from seashells? If you live near a beach, get as many seashells as you can, and start making these cute birds.

You will need:

  • Seashells
  • Paints and paintbrushes
  • Glitter
  • Feathers
  • Googly eyes
  • Card stock
  • Ribbon

How to make:

  • Paint the seashells in the colors of your choice. Let them dry.
  • You can apply glitters for a prettier effect.
  • Stick on the googly eyes.
  • Cut a triangle from the cardstock and stick it on for the beak.
  • Attach some feathers for the wings and tail.
  • Glue a ribbon on the top so that you can hang it up as a decorative piece.

These bird crafts for kids are all easy and fun and can engage your children for hours. They also make great gift ideas. Most of them can be made with things that you find easily at home. So, get ready and give wings to your child’s imagination.

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