Feathered Friends

Create these fun feathered handprint birds. Your flock doesn't need to be of the same feather - create variety with some owls, ducks, chickens, turkeys, flamingos or ostriches!
Feathered Friends craft


  • Construction paper
  • Finger paint or poster paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Pencil
  • Crayons
  • Scissors
  • Feathers
  • White glue or clear liquid glue
  • Wiggle eyes or beads
  • Scotch tape
  • Colored drinking straws

Safety Tips

  • Small craft materials such as beads and wiggle eyes are choking hazards. These are not suitable for children below the age of three.
  • Watch out for this sign Ask for an adult's help.. It means adult help is needed for the particular step.


Step 1 Feathered Friends 1. Decide on what kind and what color of bird you'd like to make. Paint your palm with the corresponding color of finger paint or poster paint.
Step 2 Feathered Friends 2. Press your painted palm onto a sheet of construction paper, keeping your thumb at right angles with the rest of your fingers.
Step 3 Feathered Friends 3. Remove your hand to reveal a colored handprint.
Step 4 Feathered Friends 4. While the paint's drying, cut a pair of drinking straws to make the bird's legs. Estimate the length of the legs based on the size of your handprint.
Step 5 Feathered Friends 5. Cut 3 to 4 fringes on one end of both straw pieces. Fold out each fringe.
Step 6 Feathered Friends 6. Once your handprint's dry, you can add in the details. Visualize how you can turn the handprint into a bird. The thumb can be the bird's neck, the palm and the four remaining fingers can be the bird's body. Draw a circle on top of the thumb to make a head and draw a beak on the head as well.
Step 7 Feathered Friends 7. Trace an outline around your handprint to emphasize the bird's form and so that you'll have a guide when you cut.
Step 8 Feathered Friends 8. Cut along the outline.
Step 9 Feathered Friends 9. Tape the drinking straw legs at the back of the bird.
Step 10 Feathered Friends 10. Glue on an eye from any of these materials:
  • Wiggle eye
  • Bead
  • Button
  • Cut out a circle from paper or craft foam
Step 11 Feathered Friends 11. Finish up by gluing feathers on the bird. You can make as many feathered handprint birds as you like. Below are more ideas to help you grow your flock.

More Ideas

Handprint Turkey   Turkey - A feathered handprint turkey is a perfect craft for Thanksgiving!
Handprint Duck   Duck, chicken or goose - Make some farm birds too. Note that if you use the scrunchy portion of a drinking straw, your bird can have bendable legs.
Handprint Owl   Owl - An owl would be a cute craft for Halloween. Notice that the handprint is facing down instead of sideways.
Handprint Ostrich and Flamingo   Flamingo, ostrich and more tall birds - Create long-legged birds such as these flamingo and ostrich. Extend the thumb to an extra long neck for the flamingo.

For the two-toned ostrich, ask an adult to help you make three big handprints for the bird's body. Draw the ostrich's neck and head on pink construction paper, cut and then tape it behind the body.