Make your own crow, or indeed, mix it up and make any number of different birds you could find in the British Isles and beyond. While, as a scarecrow festival, the crow is a natural choice for us here – and really easy for smaller children to make well, the basis of this craft is flexible enough to reward order children who want to cut out their own feathers from coloured paper to make parrots, pigeons, blue tits… or whatever else you’ve seen recently in your parks and gardens. You could have your very own flock to create a larger collage!

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The finished crow, with handprint wings, and cut out beak and feet glued on
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Make your own crow

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 20 minutes
Drying Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: Cheap

Quick and easy to make, you can repurpose old cereal boxes to make your crow - or even a whole flock, if you feel that way inclined!


  • 2 large sheets of paper
  • Pencil
  • Black paint
  • 2 wiggly eyes


  • Scissors
  • Paintbrush


  1. Draw a rough outline of a bird onto the paper. A basic bird shape drawn on card
  2. Draw a beak shape and feet. Outlines for bird feet and a beak drawn on card
  3. Paint or colour your crow black. Let it dry. The crow's body has been painted black and the feet and beak coloured grey
  4. Paint your hands, or get a friend to help you. Put your
    hands onto the paper to make a print. Black painted hand prints, cut out and ready to be used
  5. When everything is dry, cut around the handprints and cut
    out the bird shape, beak and feet.
  6. Glue on the beak and feet, and add the wiggly eyes. The finished crow, with handprint wings, and cut out beak and feet glued on


Using the basic shapes here, you can also go on and make chickens, parrots, pigeons... just use what you have to hand in the way of paint, scrap tissue paper, etc - older children can cut out coloured paper to layer feather shapes over the body.