Owl Toilet Paper Crafts

Crafts are a fun way to spend quality time with kids. Craft activities help children develop fine motor skills and creativity. Owl crafts make cute fall decorations or fun follow up activities to reading a book about owls like "Owl Babies" by Martin Waddell or "Owl Moon" by Jane Yolen. Making owls out of empty toilet paper rolls, along with other items you probably have on hand, makes the activity both inexpensive and eco-friendly.

  1. Shape Owls

    • This toilet paper roll owl is easy to make and is a fun way to teach or review shapes with young children. Cover a toilet paper roll with a brown construction paper rectangle that is 4 1/2 by 6 inches using either glue or tape. Then add a large triangle pointing down to the top for the owl's face. Make eyes out of two small yellow circles with a black dot drawn inside and add a small orange triangle for the beak. Tape or glue two brown triangles to the back of the roll for wings and two orange triangles to the bottom for the feet.

    Painted Toilet Paper Owls

    • Make several of these owls in different sizes for a whole owl family. Paint the toilet paper roll whatever color you want your owl to be. After the paint had dried, fold in the sides at the top of the tube to form two semi-circle shapes that meet to make the ears. Add googly eyes and a small yellow triangle for the beak. Cut fabric scraps into the shape of folded wings and glue them on the toilet paper roll, too.

    Owl in a Tree

    • In this craft, the toilet paper tube becomes a tree for the owl to perch on. Paint a toilet paper roll with brown paint. While it is drying, color and cut out a small picture of an owl. When the paint is dry, glue a black paper oval on the toilet paper tube. Glue or tape the owl over the black circle to make it look like it is sitting in a hole in a tree. This owl craft is easy enough for toddlers and preschoolers to make with a little help.

    Owl Craft Extensions

    • Once you've made your toilet paper tube owl, make a background for it by coloring a manila file folder to look like a forest. You can even make one for a day scene and one for night. Young children will love playing with the owls they've made using these back drops. Use pieces of toilet paper to make the clouds, or paint them to make the leafy treetops.

      Glue a wooden craft stick to the inside of the bottom of the toilet paper tube to turn the owls into puppets. Children can use the owl puppets to act out stories and songs about owls.

      Cut a hole in a piece of brown paper. Glue the edges of the paper together to make a cylinder. Use the cylinder as a tree for the owls to sit in, either as part of a decoration or for creative play.

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