How to Make Paper Bag Puffins


Puffins are approximately 10 inches tall, so making puffins from paper lunch bags is the perfect example of their approximate size. This project can be done at home, or with a large group of children. The materials used are fairly inexpensive, so it is a perfect classroom art activity. Many Atlantic animal lessons are available on the Internet, and teachers or parents can use this fun craft idea to teach children about these small, swimming birds.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper lunch bags
  • Newspaper
  • White, orange and black construction paper
  • Black crayons or markers
  • Glue
  • Stapler
  • Large wiggly eyes, beads or buttons

Tips & Warnings

  • To save time and eliminate the coloring, purchase plain black paper bags from a party store if they are available.
  • If working with small children, pre-cut the shapes or provide students with templates.
  • Supervise children with scissors and glue.
  • Ask an adult helper for assistance when small children are using the stapler.

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  • Photo Credit puffin at sunset image by Lars Lachmann from paper image by AGphotographer from macareu image by jérôme caffin from bottle of glue on black marble image by phizics from newspaper image by Christopher Hall from beads image by Gina Smith from
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