This paper plate duck craft isn’t like any that you’ve seen before. By using 2 paper plates, we get to make the entire duck, which is way more fun to play with when you’re done crafting together. The best crafts are always the ones that lead to imaginative play.
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SUPPLIES FROM THE BAG
- 2 Paper plates (9-inch coated)
- Yellow paint
- Glue stick
- Construction paper
- Googly eyes (or printed paper eyes)
- Duck craft template
Paper plate crafts are some of my favorite, and we always have paper plates in our bag (specifically 9-inch coated). They are one of the items on our master of list of just 27 basic items that fit into one bag that we use for EVERY single craft you see here on this site and in our shop. We stick to this list to make it possible for you to craft with your kids, even when life is hectic (and when isn’t it?). Just fill your bag, and you’re ready to go!
How to Make a Paper Plate Duck Craft
Step 1: Paint the Plates for Your Duck Craft
- Lay out some newspaper on your crafting surface.
- Pinch a pompom with a clothespin to form a “paint brush”.
- Then place your 2 paper plates on the newspaper, bottom side up.
- Paint each of the plates yellow.
*If you really do not want to get the paint out, you swap it out for crayons or markers and still come out with a super cute duck. If you’re going to make this a duck craft for toddlers, crayons may be the best option. You can also pre-cut the pieces so that they just need to be glued in place.
Step 2: Use the Duck Craft Template
- While the paint is drying, download and print your duck craft template.
- Use the template to cut out all of the parts of your duck from construction paper. This will include a bill and 2 feet from orange paper and a tail and feather tuft from yellow paper.
Step 3: Put the Plates Together
- Now that the paint has dried, cut a flap that is about 2 inches wide and an inch deep.
- Bend it up.
- Overlap the 2 plates about an inch or so to form the body and head of your duck craft.
- Generously apply your glue stick to the flap that you cut and attach it to the other plate as pictured. Press and hold for a minute to give the glue time to take hold.
Step 4: Add the Parts of Your Easy Duck Craft
- It’s now time to assemble the rest of your paper plate duck craft.
- Glue on the the feet and tail to the underside of the duck’s body.
- Then use your glue stick to attach the feather tuft to the top and back of the duck’s head.
- Last, glue his bill into place on the front of his head.
Step 5: Finish Off Your Preschool Duck Craft with Details
- Put some googly eyes in place. If you prefer, you can print and cut out eyes from our free printable craft eyes.
- For a finishing touch, use markers to add whatever other details you would like for your duck. We gave him some wings that are tucked back in place while he’s swimming, as well as other details on the bill, feet and tail.
Now that you know how to make a duck craft, it’s time to make it your own. We used traditional yellow for our ducky, but you can choose whatever colors you would like. Maybe your duck is a mallard with green and brown colors. Or maybe he’s rainbow colored or tie-dyed. The only limit is your imagination.
Also, you can add movable wings by cutting 2 wings from construction paper and attaching them with a hole punch and a brad at the top. This way the wings will be free to flap up and down.