Owls are fascinating birds. Some are small and cute. Others are giant and majestic. I find owls amazing with their special traits such as toes that can move to the front and back, and that there are 225 different species. I wrote a post  14 Outstanding Facts about Owls that you will certainly find interesting. Especially if you are doing a unit of study about owls, in which case this DIY Owl craft is perfect addition. I hope you enjoy this with your students and children.

Supplies you will need:

  • a photocopy of the pdf template
  • toilet paper roll
  • light brown construction paper
  • yellow construction paper
  • a photocopy
  • glue stick
  • scissors
  • pen and pencil


Step 1.

Print this pdf. making certain that the page is set to fill the space of the 8 1/2 x 11 paper.

Step 2.

Use the rectangle from the pdf as a stencil for cutting the light brown construction paper.

Cover one side with glue making certain that the edges have a sufficient amount.

Step 3. 

Cover the toilet paper roll with the paper.

Step 4. 

Create a bend down the middle so that it looks like owl ears. Do this by pulling opposite ends toward the center and folding them down into place.

Step 5.

Use the pdf as a stencil for cutting the “feathers” from the construction paper.

Step 6. 

Turn the paper towel roll so that the line of the construction paper is on the back. On the front, start with the bottom row and glue 4 feathers across. Then add a row above and the third row on top of that. Reference the photos for how the feathers should look layered on the front of the owl.

Step 7.

Cut the eyes from the pdf copy and glue them near the top of the roll above the feathers. Then glue the yellow “beak” touching the bottom center of the eyes.

Step 8. 

Use the pdf to trace ad cut the wings. Glue these on the sides of the owl and there you have it!

There are many ways to add variations to this craft such as drawing feathers on the wings, using different colors of paper, or trading the paper eyes for extra large googly eyes.

I hope you and your kiddos enjoy this craft!