You can make an owl from simple materials that are lying around your house! This lesson will show you how to make an owl from a toilet paper roll or a single piece of paper decorated with colorful geometric shapes.
(pssst…we loved this lesson so much, we made a video about it! Click here to see Cara teaching Paper Tube Owls.)
- Cardboard Paper Tube (from toilet paper or half a tube from paper towels)
-or- 1 Piece of Cardstock
- Tru-Ray Construction Paper
- Glue Stick
- OPTIONAL: 1” and 1 1/2” hole punch, stapler or paperclips, sparkly paper for embellishment
If you are starting with cardstock, fold a full sheet in half like a hamburger. Cut along the folded line. You can now decorate your owl flat before rolling it up into a tube.
2. Cut the following out of Tru-ray construction paper:
10 x 1” circles for feathers and eyes, in assorted colors
2 x 1 ½” circles for eyes
1 triangle for the beak
2 x “U” shaped wings, about 1 ½ – 2” long
3. Use markers to color your cardboard tube or cardstock, if desired.
4. Glue one a 1” circle in the center of a 1 ½” circle to make the eyes. Repeat with the other eye.
5. Draw a pupil in the middle if you wish.
6. Glue the eyes near the top of the tube OR if you’re using cardstock, glue the eyes about 1” down from the short edge. Use plenty of glue and press down each eye for a few seconds.
7. Starting at the bottom, glue 1” circles to make up the owl’s belly. Overlap them as you work your way up.
8. Glue the triangle beak so that it overlaps the bottom of the eyes.
8a. If using cardstock: roll your paper into a tube, securing with a glue stick or tape. Hold in place with a paperclip or staple if needed.
9. Fold the top edges of the paper tube in to make the owl’s head and ears.
10. Decorate your wings. Glue or tape your wings to the side of the tube. While holding the wings where you glued them, curl them away from the owl’s body to add depth and personality.
11. Add any other fun embellishments that you’d like!
Don’t limit yourself to owls! What other animals would make a great puppet? A cat, fox, penguin, elephant?
Fun Facts about Owls
- There are around 200 species of owls
- Owls are nocturnal, meaning they are active at night.
- Owls can turn their heads as much as 270 degrees
- Owls are farsighted, meaning they can’t see things close to their face clearly.