Parrot Crafts that Kids Will Love 

by Karen & Grace Morris

Here are two different parrot crafts that kids can make. You will make a macaw and a sulphur-crested cockatoo. Both projects use a paper plate.

parrot crafts

These birds come in many colors and sizes. The macaw comes from the true parrot family. The sulphur-crested cockatoo comes from the cockatoo family. There is another group called the New Zealand parrot.

Cockatoo Mask 

Your kids could have a bird party and wear paper plate bird masks. Here is a sulphur-crested cockatoo paper plate mask that your kids can make.

There are several types of cockatoos. They come in different colors and sizes. The sulphur-crested cockatoo is white with yellow feathers on its head. It also has a black beak.

Sometimes these birds can be pets, but they are very demanding. They are very loud and like to chew on wood and other materials. In the wild they can even be considered as pests in some countries.

An Eleonora cockatoo named Snowball could dance. He was capable of adjusting his movements to the tempo of the music.

To make this parrot craft you will need;

  • A paper plate
  •  Black construction paper
  •  Craft feathers
cockatoo mask

Cut holes for eyes. Cut a beak out of black construction paper. I folded a small piece of paper in half, then cut an oval. I cut the top piece into a point. Tape three feathers to the top of the plate. 

(My brother saw a picture of a sulphur-crested cockatoo. To him, it looked like it had bananas coming out of its head.)

To make your bird party special, you could make a tail mix with nuts, seeds, and dried fruit. You could read stories of non-fiction or fiction books about birds. Maybe you could even go to the zoo to see real birds. Wear your cockatoo mask during the party to make it unique and fun.

Parrot Crafts the Macaw 

Older children will like making a paper plate macaw to hang from their bedroom ceiling.

Macaws are a long-tailed parrot. They live in Mexico, Central America, and South America. Most live in rainforests. There are 19 different species of macaws, some are now extinct and others are endangered.

Parrots are quite colorful. They can be blue, green, and red. Many are more than one color. Many people have macaws for pets.

For this craft you will need;

  • A paper plate
  • Markers
  • Several pieces of colorful ribbon
  • Hole punch
  • Scissors
  • Tape
draw bird shape

Download the template and placed on your plate. Draw around the pattern.

cut out bird and wings

Cut out a bird shape.

Cut a piece about 6 1/2 inches long from the ridge of the paper plate for the wings.

color bird

Color the wings and bird’s body with markers. Remember, these birds are colorful.

Punch a hole in the top and bottom of the bird. In the center of the body cut a slit for the wings.

(The movie “Paulie” is about a very funny talking parrot that is trying to find the girl that raised him.)

add wings and tail feathers

Push the wings through the slit in the body.

Cut some ribbon for the tail. Put the ribbon through the bottom hole. Make a knot to secure. I used leftover Christmas ribbon, so I needed a piece of tape to hold the ribbon straight.

After you have finished making your paper plate Macaw, hang it from your ceiling. We used fishing line so that it looks like it is flying in the air.

Making parrot crafts reminds me of pirates. (“Ahoy, mates.”)

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