Who doesn’t love a fun unicorn craft? Whether it be boys or girls, unicorns are pure magic! This newspaper unicorn craft takes it up a notch by also using a recycled material. Using newspaper is not only good for the environment, but the print also gives our unicorn craft a unique look. For this easy unicorn craft we chose to use the comics, but you can also use black and white print or even advertisements in your craft.
If you enjoy making unicorn crafts, you may also enjoy making your very own unicorn horn from paper plates or this cute little unicorn notebook. Or maybe you want to make a newspaper friend for your unicorn, like this stuffed penguin or this platypus craft.
A great activity to pair with crafting is reading! Here are some of our favorite unicorn books for you to check out:
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SUPPLIES FROM THE BAG:
- Recycled newspaper
- Stapler with staples
- Construction paper
- Googly eyes
- Glue stick
- Unicorn craft template
The supplies on this list are all part of the items that are on our master list that we use to make every single craft project on this site. It’s a list of just 27 inexpensive craft supplies that fit in one bag. That way once you’ve prepped your bag, you’re ready to have some creative screen-free fun together without any extra work. Aren’t you tired of scrolling the internet, prepping activities for hours that you think your kids will love, and then they spend about 30 seconds engaged in the activity? Well…no more! Try our “In the Bag” approach to crafting instead. Fill your bag today!
Newspaper Unicorn Craft Instructions
Step 1: Cut Out the Newspaper Unicorn
- Choose a section of newspaper that has the look you want for your unicorn craft. This can be black and white print, ads or the comics (like we used here).
- Layer 2 pieces of opened newspaper on top of each other. Turn the pieces over so that you are looking at what will be the back of your newspaper craft.
- Now use a pencil or marker to draw the head of your unicorn (as pictured). It should be big enough to take up most of the opened newspaper.
- Once you have your drawing completed, cut it out, keeping the 2 pieces of newspaper together while you cut. We uses a couple of staples to keep the layers together while you are cutting.
Step 2: Use the Free Unicorn Craft Template
- Print the newspaper unicorn craft template.
- Use the template to cut out the unicorn horn, ear and some flowers and leaves from construction paper. Use whatever colors you choose.
Step 3: Add the Horn
- Place the cut out unicorn horn between the layers of newspaper and secure it with a staple.
- Also staple all around the snout and down the front of the neck of your unicorn, keeping the staples close together. DO NOT yet staple the back of the neck or bottom of your newspaper unicorn at this time.
Step 4: Cut Out the Mane
- Choose some of your favorite colors of construction paper.
- Cut out rectangles of paper, about 5 inches long by 2 inches wide.
- You will need roughly 14 to 15 pieces of construction paper.
Step 5: Place the Unicorn Mane
- Place the cut out rectangles, one by one, in between the newspaper layers, securing each with a couple of staples. *Start just behind the horn and work your way down the neck.
- Don’t worry too much about the paper pieces being the same length, since we will trim them up in the next step.
- DO NOT yet staple the bottom of your unicorn craft shut.
Step 6: Finish Off the Unicorn’s Mane
- Now that all of your paper pieces are secured with staples, trim the lengths so that they are even going down the neck.
- Snip each section into thinner strips.
- Next, fold the strips forward so that unicorn’s mane lays down on the neck. We used out glue stick to help it stay down in place.
- Last, scrunch the paper for the main so that it looks like it is blowing in the wind.
Step 7: Add Details to Your Unicorn Craft
- It’s time to add some more details to your newspaper unicorn craft.
- Glue the unicorn’s ear in place.
- Take your cut out flowers and draw on some detail. You may also like to curl the petals by wrapping them around a pencil or marker.
- Use your glue stick to attach a cluster of flowers and leaves just below the unicorn’s horn.
- Add a googly eye (or draw on an eye if you prefer).
- Last, use your markers to add finishing details, a nostril and a smile. We also glued a pink cheek in place, but this is completely optional.
Step 8: Stuff It
- To make your unicorn puffy, crumple up pieces of newspaper and place them in the bottom that you left open.
- If you can’t reach up inside to push the newspaper pieces into the snout, use a pencil to guide the balled up newspaper.
- Once your unicorn is sufficiently puffy, but not overfilled, staple the opening closed.
Now that you know how to make a unicorn craft, it’s time to really make it your own. Change up the colors, the scale, the details. The only limit is your imagination. And, now that you’ve made your newspaper unicorn craft, tell some stories with it. Maybe start with one of the books we recommended but then make up you very own story. You can even write it out so that you can tell it again and again (and practice writing skills at the same time).