Today we’re going to learn how to make a flamingo. This flamingo paper plate craft is so much fun, not just to make but even more so to play with. You will notice that this craft has more steps than most of the kids crafts we create on this site, but each step is simple. This flamingo craft is best for elementary aged kids since it does take some more advanced cutting skills. But if you have a little one that you would like to make this with, just help them as needed along the way (but don’t over help…please).
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SUPPLIES FROM THE BAG
- 7 Paper plates (9-inch coated)
- Pink paint
- Metal brads
- Glue stick
- Black Sharpie marker
- Medium pompom
- Small googly eye
- Pink construction paper
- Single hole punch
- Flamingo craft template
This may seem like a long list of supplies, but if you look close, a lot of the things are the tools that you will use, like scissors, a hole punch, markers, etc. Yes, they are supplies, but they are not things that you are going to need to replenish any time soon. And, best of all, everything we use to make this flamingo paper plate craft is from the master list of supplies we use for every single creative project on this site. We stick to this list no matter what, and it makes crafting with your kids so much easier.
Some Flamingo books to go with your Flamingo craft…
Step 1: Cut Out the Flamingo Template
- Print the template for this flamingo paper craft and cut it out.
- Trace the flamingo body on the bottom of one of the paper plates with a pencil
- Cut it out and then punch the holes where you have marked.
Step 2: More Cutting Out
- Time to cut some more pieces of the template out. This time we are going to use the page that says “Flamingo Parts-1”. Print it and cut out the pieces for your flamingo papercraft.
- Place the head of the flamingo on the back of another paper plate and trace it with your pencil. *You will want to make sure that his beak is pointing out to the right. We are using the bottom of the plate so that it is easier to paint later, since that side is matte instead of glossy.
- Use your hole punch to place a hole where it is marked on the template.
- You can also take the time now to cut out some feathers from the pink construction paper. I ended up using 5 feathers in various sizes.
- Spread out some newspaper and place the flamingo body on top.
- Pinch the pompom with a clothespin to form a “paint brush”.
- Then squeeze out some pink paint in the corner of your newspaper.
- Paint the body of your flamingo. Set it aside to it time to dry.
- Lay out 2 of the paper plates on the newspaper with the bottom facing up.
- Again, squeeze out some pink paint and use your pompom paint brush to paint the centers of each plate, going a little bit outside of the border.
- Set these aside to let the paint dry. These are going to be for the neck of your flamingo craft.
- Now we are going to place the cut out head of the flamingo paper plate craft on the newspaper.
- Squeeze out some more pink paint.
- To start, use the q-tip to paint the border of where you want to place your pink paint.
- Then fill in the areas you want painted pink using the pompom “paint brush”.
- Set it aside so that it can dry.
- For this step, we are going to use the last page of the flamingo template.
- Cut out the parts on the template.
- On one of the remaining paper plates, trace and cut out the feet of your flamingo craft. Also punch the hole in place.
- With the remaining paper plates, trace and cut out 8 leg pieces. The template part that you will be tracking is the long skinny rectangular shape.
- Punch the holes in place according to the flamingo template.
- Now that your painted plates have dried, use the template marked “Flamingo Parts-2” to trace and cut out your flamingo craft neck. The neck pieces are the ovals. *You should be able to get 2 pieces out of each paper plate.
- Cut out 4 flamingo neck pieces all together.
- Finally, punch the holes in each end using the flamingo craft template for reference.
- Let’s add some detail to the feet of your flamingo paper plate craft.
- Use the markers to draw on details. *You will want to do this on the matte side of the feet so that the marker does not smear. Or you can use paint to add these details if you want.
- Since the paint on the head of your flamingo paper plate craft is now dry, you can use your black sharpie marker to add more details. The tips of his nose will be black.
- Then give him a smile, long and straight.
- Last, add the eye to your flamingo papercraft. If it is not self-adhesive, use your glue stick.
Step 10: Put the Flamingo Together
- Attaching the parts of your flamingo paper plate craft is so simple. Start by laying out the pieces the way that you are going to put them together.
- If your metal brads are not already colored (pink in this case), you can choose to leave them as is or paint the tops. If you paint them, give them some time to dry before using them.
- Attach the pieces by putting metal brads through the holes and bending the backs open.
- Keep doing this until all of the pieces of your flamingo craft are connected.
Step 11: Add the Tail Feathers
- You cut out the tail feathers of your flamingo paper plate craft back in step 2, and now we are going to attach them.
- Use the glue stick to put the tail feathers in place, however you like. Yours do not need to look like mine, and you can even add feathers to the body if you would like.
- Last, I used the marker to add little pink details to the flamingo’s legs also.
Now that you know how to make a flamingo out of paper, it’s time to play! Plan some flamingo activities like creating a dance or telling a story with your flamingo paper plate craft. I really enjoyed making a stop action video with my finished flamingo craft. Watch him dance in the video below. If you want to know how I did this, drop me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org. I would love to share my secrets.