Paper Cut Owl

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This was such a fun project that I was anxious to share it with you. When I was on vacation this fall, I found this owl decoration in one of the stores and thought it would make a nice art project for the kids. I took a picture of the decoration to show the students and gave them an owl shape, construction paper, tissue paper and buttons and told them to make an owl using the supplies I provided and the owl shape. At the bottom of this page see the great decorations that they made. Note: The next time I use this for class I plan to take along twigs to glue to the owls. I’ll probably use black chenille strips cut and curled around the twigs and glued on with a hot glue gun. I think the added twigs would really finish the project nice.


  • Owl shape (Pattern)
  • Cardboard from cereal boxes
  • Black, white and orange construction paper
  • Black, white and orange tissue paper
  • Buttons
  • Glue sticks
  • Scissors
  • Large paper clip


  1. Teacher: Make one copy of the owl shape from cardboard. Trace around the owl shape on enough pieces of cereal box cardboard so you have one copy for each student.
  2. If you have an Elmo, display the picture onto the overhead screen. Otherwise print off a few copies of the owl image for them to look at. To copy the photo image, right click on the image and save as______. Then you can get the image and change the size in your pictures.
  3. Students: Cut out the owl shape.
  4. Choose construction paper, tissue paper or a combination of both to make your owl.
  5. Discuss where you would start with the owl. Objects farthest away are put on first. In this instance it would be the tail feathers. Notice that all the feathers overlap from the bottom to the top. Talk about why the feathers over lap (rain slides off, etc.) Also that the feathers on the wings follow the shape of the wings. In other words that they will follow the shape of the body -narrow at the bottom, then wider and narrow again at the top of the wing.
  6. Choose medium to large buttons for the eyes. Tape a large paper clip to the back for hanging.

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