This paper plate bird craft for kids is a mother bird with her baby birds sitting in a nest. It is the sweetest bird nest craft for preschool and older kids of all ages. We love this paper plate bird craft because it uses just a few simple craft supplies including a basic white paper plate and a lot of kid imagination! This budget-friendly paper plate bird craft is great for at home use or in use in the classroom.

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Let’s make this cute bird nest paper plate craft!

Paper Plate Bird Nest Craft for Kids

We created this mother and baby bird paper plate craft as blue birds, but you could customize it for whatever bird species fits your crafting style.

You only need a few items to make this paper plate bird craft! It’s a great budget-friendly paper plate craft that kids of all ages can make. It’s great for toddlers, preschoolers, kindergarteners and other elementary aged kids. It’s a great nature craft that will also give your kids fine motor skill practice!

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Supplies Needed for this Paper Plate Craft

Directions to Make a Birds Nest from a Paper Plate

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Follow the step by step instructions to make this cute paper plate bird nest craft!

Step 1 – Create the Nest

Cut the paper plate in half.

Use the hole punch to make random holes all over the plate.

Weave the twine through the holes. This gives the appearance of twigs and grass in a bird’s nest!

Step 2 – Create the Birds

Cut the following pieces from the craft foam

  • 1 large blue circle, 3 medium blue circles and 2 small blue circles – these will create the bird bodies and bird heads of the mother bird and two baby birds
  • 3 orange triangles – these will be used for the bird beaks (you can cut the two baby bird beaks in 1/2)
  • 1 medium white circle -this will be the detail on the belly of the mother bird

Create the Mother Bird

Glue the white circle onto the large blue circle. This is the momma bluebird’s body. Glue a medium circle onto these for the head.

Add eyes and beak.

Create the Baby Birds

Assemble the 2 baby bluebirds by gluing a small blue circle (head) onto the medium circles (body) then add the eyes and beak.

Arrange the heads so they look upward and the orange triangle can be cut in half to give the impression that the little baby bird’s mouths are open ready for mom.

Baby Bluebirds Paper Plate Craft finished with feathers on each of the birds and a really cute twine paper plate nest
Now add details like feathery wings to your paper plate bird craft.

Step 3 – Add Bird Details

Finish with some craft feather wings and glue to the paper plate nest!

Finished Paper Plate Nest Craft

Add to the learning when making this craft by reading some books that discuss how birds build nests, how baby birds hatch, how momma birds feed the babies and how they learn to fly!

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Momma and Baby Birds in a Nest Paper Plate Craft

We are showing you steps to create a detailed mother blue bird and her two baby bird chicks sitting in a nest made of a paper plate.

  • Bird Nest Craft Tips for Younger Kids: You may want to simplify the steps a little or pre-cut the shapes needed.
  • Bird Nest Craft Tips for Older Kids: Hand older kids the supplies and let their imaginations go wild. You never know what they will come up with!
Yield: 1 nest craft

Mother & Baby Bird Nest Paper Plate Craft

Baby Bluebirds Paper Plate Craft

This is the sweetest paper plate craft to do with kids of all ages. Create a mother bird and two baby birds sitting in a twine paper plate nest. Perfect for spring, a bird learning station or just a fun afternoon activity.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Difficulty easy
Estimated Cost <$5


  • Paper plate
  • Twine or yarn
  • Craft foam - we used blue, white and orange
  • Craft feathers
  • Googly eyes


  • Hole punch
  • Glue
  • Scissors


  1. Create the bird nest by cutting the paper plate in half and punching random holes around the edge of the plate. Weave the twine through the holes to give the appearance of twigs in the nest.
  2. Cut the foam pieces that will create the birds out of blue foam - 1 large circle, 3 medium circles and 2 small circles.
  3. Cut the foam pieces that will create the birds out of orange foam - 3 small triangles (then cut 2 of the triangles in 1/2 which will be the baby bird's mouths).
  4. Cut one medium sized circle out of white craft foam.
  5. Assemble the mother bird by gluing the white circle onto the large blue circle for her body, add a medium blue circle as her head, the large orange triangle, googly eyes and some feathers.
  6. Assemble the baby birds by gluing the small blue circles to the medium blue circles and adding googly eyes and the beaks in an open position. Add feathers.
  7. Glue the three birds into the nest.

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