Recently we were invited to participate in the Booking Across the U.S.A. event. We got the beautiful state of Louisiana and when we discovered that pelicans are the state bird we were inspired to make a Pelican Plate Craft Project.

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Pelican Paper Plate Craft for Kids

Objectives: Learning to Research, Fine Motor, Following Directions

Materials for the Pelican Paper Plate Craft Project:

  • Paper Plates (2)
  • Cardboard Tubes (2)
  • Glue
  • Orange and White Paper
  • Marker
  • Tape

Instructions for the Pelican Paper Plate Craft Project: 

  • First, we did a little research. We stopped by National Geographic, the San Diego Zoo and watched a video. Then we were ready to make pelicans!
  • Cut one paper plate in half. Keep one-half and cut the other half into quarters. Trace a line across the paper plate. Trace a circle onto one-half of another plate. (We used a glass to trace the circle.) Cut out half-circle and circle.

Pelican Paper Plate Craft Project Instructions 01

  • Cut out a 4″ x 8″ rectangle from a white piece of paper. Glue onto one of the cardboard rolls. Glue the circle to the top of the cardboard roll. Now you have a head and a neck.

Pelican Paper Plate Craft Project Instructions 02

  • Glue one of the quarter pieces of the paper plate onto one of the half circles. We only used one of the quarter pieces of the paper plate but use two if you want two wings.

Pelican Paper Plate Craft Project Instructions 03


  • Glue the other half circle onto the head. We ended up trimming that half circle a little so it would fit better.


Pelican Paper Plate Craft Project Instructions 04

  • Cut another cardboard tube in half lengthwise. Tape it closed. (Do this for both halves of the cardboard tube.) Cut out 2 pieces of 4″ x 4″ orange paper. Glue onto the two smaller cardboard tubes. Draw a 1″ tall triangular pattern on the bottom of the orange tubes. Cut along the lines and fold out to make the claws. We folded 3 triangles out in the front, 1 in the back and the others we folded under so they didn’t show.

Pelican Paper Plate Craft Project Instructions 05

  • Assemble the pieces upside down and glue liberally. This project is fragile while drying. If you want to move it while drying, make sure to do the final assembly on a tray or a large piece of cardboard so that it can easily be moved.

Pelican Paper Plate Craft Project Instructions 06

  • Allow to dry and draw the eye on with a marker or crayon.
  • Ta-Dah! You have an adorable Pelican Paper Plate Craft. You can punch a hole through the body and thread a ribbon through the hole. Then you could have a whole flock of pelicans hanging around! 

Pelican paper Plate Craft

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