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paper plate crafts… chickens

Simple and sweet character rich chickens – humble paper plate crafts for kids. I love how the belly of the chooks acts as a blank canvas for the kids to explore colour and pattern, paint a picture or even recreate a master :)

Molly set out, very decidedly, on creating a boy chook and an ‘elegant’ girl chook (hint…. it’s all about the eyelashes :) My only assistance was in opening the little tester pots of paint for her, and washing-up afterwards of course!!




How to Make Paper Plate Chickens for Your Kids Too

Step One: fold a paper plate in half, stuff with newspaper to create a nice plump shape and tape over the edges to seal in the newspaper.

Step Two: tape on a cardboard triangle at one end for the beak and feather shaped cardboard at the other end.

Step Three: papier mache over the entire chicken and leave to dry. Just one generous layer of papier mache was enough for Molly’s chickens above.

Step Four: time for the kids to get busy with the paint xx


Step One
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Step Twopaper-plate-chicken-how-to2

Step Threepaper-plate-chicken-papier-mache

Step Fourpaper-plate-chickens-finished



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27 Responses to “paper plate crafts… chickens”

  1. Lisa | says:

    Love the boots on Mommy’s version!

  2. Emily says:

    Agree with Lisa, the boots elevate them to an all new level!!

  3. Joanna says:

    Love these. Will have to do steps 1,2 & 3 in secret though, otherwise the wait might be too much for 2 smallies!

  4. imakehens says:

    secret chickens – love it :)

  5. OneMommy says:

    Those turned out cute! I love the sneakers on the last 2!

  6. Diana says:

    Cheery chooks. love em!

  7. Ann Martin says:

    Stylish chicks! Looks like fun.

  8. Cate Holst says:

    Such a fun idea, I love it!

  9. hehe I love the sneakers!

  10. [...] up from Miss6′s Paper Plate Chickens I decided to add ‘a bit of leg’. [...]

  11. Valerie says:

    Love the chickens! They looks so good. Might have to give this a try with my kids! :) Thanks for sharing.

  12. Pinkoddy says:

    They are fantastic! They look so complicated but your fab step by step show it isn’t that hard. Thank you. Visiting from the Parenting Pin it Party.

  13. imakehens says:

    thank you so so much for dropping by Pinkoddy, really appreciate, and hope you have fun making the paper plate chickens in your house too :)

  14. Mum of One says:

    I love their little feet! Thanks so much for sharing with the pin it party :)

  15. Otilia says:

    Very good idea! Pinned @romanianmum

  16. imakehens says:

    eleventybillion thanks Otilia xx

  17. Cassi says:

    These look like so much fun to make! I’ll be sharing soon on The Crafty Crow :)

  18. Michelle says:

    so so great Cassi – I cannot thank you enough. You are a rockstar :))

  19. Samantha says:

    These are so cute! How did you do the shoes?

  20. Cara says:

    How long does the paper mache take to dry. I’ve never done paper mache and wondering if it would take too long at a kids party.

  21. Michelle says:

    Papier mache is definitely not one for a kids party I’m afraid Cara, it needs to be left overnight to dry, and sometimes two days depending on how wet the layer is. You would have to have this stage completed before the party and the kids could paint and decorate during the party xx

  22. jill says:

    I love these! But the shoes are what have me enchanted. Any chance you’d be willing to share how you made them? Thanks for sharing your ingenuity!

  23. Dolça says:

    Me gusta!!! I love it!!!

  24. Charline White says:


    I was just wondering, with the papier maché, if you’re using newspaper, how do you get the smooth “blank canvas” seen in the first picture? Or did you use a different type of paper?

  25. […] Chickens by Molly Moo.  I love when “Mommy has a turn” and adds sneakers to her chicken. […]

  26. Michelle says:

    Hi Charline – yes just newspaper was used and when dry it was painted white to give the “blank canvas”.

  27. jet says:

    they are sooooo cute and those boots you have given them…woooow
    love it.
    thank you for the sharing and the tute;-D

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