Owl Craft for Kids (FREE Craft Template)

Owl Craft for Kids made from a paper lunch bag
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It doesn’t take much to put together this adorable owl craft for kids. Just start with a simple paper lunch bag and use the free owl template to finish it off. You can choose a brown paper bag or a white paper bag for the base of your own owl. For the construction paper, go with traditional colors or choose bright and colorful paper for your awesome owl crafts. Changing up the colors is a great way to put your own personal flair into this art project.

Once you make this adorable forest animal, make him some friends. Try this cute squirrel craft, this paper woodland animal crafts collection, or this paper bag bunny craft.

I bet you’ve never heard of craft flashcards…Of course you haven’t…because I totally made it up 🙂 As a pediatric Occupational Therapist, I’ve witnessed kids struggle to complete multi-step activities. So, I came up with this brilliant (if I do say myself) way to break down crafts into bite-sized pieces in the form of flashcards.

These are especially perfect for those kiddos who have limited attention spans.

Crafts are such a great developmental tool for kids (improves motor planning, attention span, executive functioning, fine motor skills, language development and more), and using flashcards makes planning crafts for your kids to enjoy even easier.

Just print out a few of your favorites onto cardstock, cut them into the cards with a hole in the corner and place them on a keyring that you can connect to your craft supply bag (which you can fill using our master list of supplies that we stick to for every single one of the projects in the flashcard collection). It’s so simple.

And the best part is that there’s not a screen in sight. Technology is such a great thing, but it’s also nice to take a break from it once in awhile and let the brain explore in other ways. Click the image to learn more about our collection of 100 Craft Flashcards for Kids.

Fun Facts About Owls

  • Owls can rotate their necks 270 degrees.
  • A group of owls is called a parliament.
  • Owls will even hunt other owls, with the Great Horned owl being the top predator.
  • The tiniest owl in the world is the Elf Owl, measuring 5 to 6 inches tall.
  • Barn owls may eat up to 1000 mice each year.
  • Not all owls hoot. Barn Owls make hissing sounds, the Eastern Screech-Owl whinnies like a horse, and Saw-whet Owls sound like, well, an old whetstone sharpening a saw.
  • Snowy owls are the heaviest owl species because of all the extra feathers.

For more interest information about owls, check out this article from The Spruce.

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owl Craft for kids made from paper lunch bag

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How to make a Paper Bag Owl Craft

This fun activity goes together quickly. Grab the template and a paper lunch bag (brown or white) to get started. If you want to make snowy owl crafts, no need to get out the white paint. Just use a white paper bag and white or gray construction paper.

Check Out the Cute Owl Craft Video Tutorial:


  • Brown or white paper lunch bags
  • Construction paper
  • Crayons
  • Scissors
  • Newspaper
  • Glue stick
  • Tape
  • FREE Owl Template

Crafting with your kids doesn’t have to be complicated. We keep things simple here so that you can get right to the good stuff of making crafts together. To do this we stick to a master list of basic supplies to make ALL of the amazing craft projects you see on this site. Just fill your bag and craft along! It’s so much fun!

Owl Craft Instructions:

Step 1: Download the FREE Owl Template

  • Download and print the free printable template.
  • You can choose to print it directly onto construction paper (color of your choice) or onto regular printer paper to use as a template.
  • If you print onto white paper and use it as a template, you will need to draw on your owl’s face.
Owl Craft for Kids made from a paper lunch bag and construction paper step 1 owl craft template

Step 2: Cut Out the Parts

  • Now cut out all of the parts for your owl craft from construction paper using colors of your choice.
  • Grab a scrap of pink or red paper to cut out the heart that the owl will be holding.

*You may want to complete this step in advance for young kids as their scissor skills are likely not yet developed enough for cutting these more complex shapes. Older kids will be able to complete this step on their own.

owl craft stpe 2

Step 3: Add Some Details

  • Before assembling your owl, use crayons to add some details.
  • We added some feathers to the front of the owl on the paper bag, as well as to the owl’s wings.
  • Then we added some pink cheek’s to the owl’s head.

Feel free to add any details you’d like. Coloring with broken crayons is a great way to practice those fine motor skills.

owl Craft for kids step 3

Step 4: Begin Owl Craft Assembly

  • Now it’s time to begin assembly for this easy craft.
  • Place the paper lunch bag in front of you with the opening at the top and the flap up.
  • Use your glue stick to add the feet to the bottom of the bag.
  • Then glue the wings in place, coming straight out from the sides of bag about half way down.
Owl Craft step 4

Step 5: Stuff It

  • Tear strips of newspaper and crumple them up. This is a fun way for little hands to practice bilateral coordination, which is a skill they’ll need for mastering scissor use.
  • Open up the bag and place the crumpled up newspaper inside one by one until it is filled up, leaving about 2 inches empty at the top.
owl craft for kids step 5

Step 6: Close It Up

  • Gather up the top of the paper lunch bag and cinch it shut.
  • Wrap a piece of tape around the top to keep it closed.
Owl Craft Step 6

Step 7: Add the Owl’s Head

  • Attach the owl’s head using some scotch tape. We positioned the head low on the body to look more like an owl.
Owl Craft Step 7

Step 8: Put Something in your Owl’s Wings

  • Pull the arms to the front of the owl and use a glue stick to attach the heart to the owl’s wings.
owl craft step 8

What age is this owl craft for?

This simple craft is for kids of all age. If you’re making this with younger kids, you will likely want to precut most of the elements, but they will enjoy stuffing the the body, adding the details and even glue things together.

How to turn this into a Valentine’s Day card holder

If you’d like to use this for a Valentine’s Day card holder, leave out the newspaper stuffing. The cut a generous slit in the back where the cards can go. To retrieve your cards you can cut a hole in the bottom or in the back of your owl.

Can I make different animals with this same technique?

There are so many animals that you can make starting with a simple paper bag. In addition to the cutest owl craft ever, you can make animals like this penguin, bear, bunny, and squirrel.

Ways to add even more creativity…

One fun way to make this owl craft your own is to change up what he’s holding. We’ve included a heart in the template, but you can draw and cut out anything that you want for your owl to hold. You can also change up the colors and details any way that you would like.

This is your craft, and it shouldn’t look exactly like the picture. Make it your own. The only limit is your imagination.

Modify the owl template for a paper bag puppet…

You can use this same template to create an owl paper bag puppet. Just glue the owl’s head onto the flap of the bag. Then add the wings and feet to the bottom section of the bag. You can keep the wings as is and pointed down or attach them to the back so that they wrap around to the front like with this craft.

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