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Metallic Owl Project

Time: 2-3 Class Periods
Difficulty: Moderate
Cleanup: Soap & Water

Black Construction Paper
Glue Stick
1" Circle Punch
Metallic Tempera Paint
Paint Brushes
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Make a metallic owl with construction paper and metallic paints. This project also has an instructional video available!


  • Step 1
    Cut a 9x12" sheet of black construction paper in half and then cut one of the halves in half again to make two 4-1/2 x 6" pieces. Out of the first half, cut a 6" circle for the body, a tail, a beak and two eyes (the eyes can be punched out using the 1" punch). Out of one of the 4-1/2 x 6" pieces cut two ears and a 4-1/2" diameter circle. Cut two wings from the remaining 4-1/2 x 6" piece of paper.
  • Step 2
    Using several colors, paint all of the pieces with metallic tempera except the 6" body circle.
  • Step 3
    Take another piece of 9x12" black construction paper and use the metallic tempera to paint a feather-like texture over the entire sheet. Punch out approximately 40-50 1" circles from the paper.
  • Step 4
    Use a glue stick to glue the 1" circles onto the body, making sure to overlap the pieces.
  • Step 5
    Next, use scissors to cut tail and wing feathers. Then, using the glue stick, glue the tail to the back of the body and the wings on top of the body. Pinch the feathers to make them 3D.
  • Step 6
    With the scissors, cut head and ear feathers. Glue the ears behind the head. Fold the beak in half and then glue it to the head creating a 3D look. Glue the eyes over the sides of the beak. To complete the owl pinch the feathers to give them some texture and glue the head to the body.

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