Paper plate koalas

Lotta paper plate koalas

Inspired by all the native mothers and babies  I have seen around my house this Spring, I made this koala craft for Australia Day.  This cute koala and her joey are made from paper plates. It’s a fun little craft that you can use for Australia Day decorations too. Why not replace your Christmas wreath with these guys?  Here’s how to make them…

Things you need

Two or three large paper plates, one small paper plate, grey, pink, black and white paint, paint tray, paint brush, craft glue, four googly eyes (two small, two larger), scissors, masking tape, printout of template (Lotta paper plate koala temp).

How to make them

  1.  Print out the template which shows you how to cut your paper plates. Tape them onto the plates and cut out all the pieces. You can cut out the ears, noses and arms from the leftovers of the koala body plates. You will also need a whole small paper plate for the mother koala’s head.
  2. Paint all the pieces and plates and allow them to dry.
  3. Assemble your koalas with craft glue.
  4. Decorate them as desired.  I added some gum leafs and added a pattern to one of the koalas to differentiate them. You could add indigenous dot patterns, sponged textures or a Happy Australia Day banner.

Now you have the paper plates out, what else could you make?  You could whip up a Bleeding Crepe Paper Unicorn or a No Drama Llama puppet.

Looking for more Australia Day crafts?  We also have a Jumping Kangaroo and some beautiful Australian Paper Flowers.

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Australian paper flowers

It’s almost Australia Day, when we Aussies celebrate what’s unique about our country.   So I’ve decided to create a craft project that celebrates our amazing native flora — it’s a 3D collage of Australian flowers.

I got a little carried away with this project, so it’s a family project as some of the cutting will probably require a grown up.  At the end of a crafternoon you will have some frame-worthy art imbued with the memories of making it together.

THINGS YOU NEED

Coloured paper (browns, greens, pinks, yellows, red), scissors, glue stick, circle paper punch (15mm), serrated scissors, sheet of cardboard

HOW TO MAKE

I have created a template for you (download it here: Lotta Aust flowers ).  You don’t have to cut these out perfectly for the project to work, just use the template as a guide.

If your paper is A4 size, you can print our templates directly onto the paper.  Otherwise, tape the white printout onto the coloured paper and cut them out.

BANKSIA 

We’ve made a banksia flower and a seed pod.

To make the seed pod cut out the template shape from brown paper. Glue a sheet of light brown paper onto a sheet of dark brown paper. Punch lots of circles from it.  Fold the circles in half and glue them onto the base paper.

For the Banksia flower, cut out four of the banksia template.  Stack three of them them on top of each other and fold the pile in half vertically.  Put a staple in the middle, on the fold line, to hold the pile together.  Now fan out the folds and glue the final folded shape on top of the staple to hide it.  You can make a Bottle Brush with the same method, just add some snipped edges.

Cut some stems from brown paper. Cut some leaves from green paper using serrated scissors.  Put it all together and you have a paper Banksia.

GREVILLIA AND WARATAH

Parts of these  flowers are a little trickier to cut, so they may require a grown up.  Use our template to cut out all the pieces and glue them together.  Fold and roll some of the pieces to make them sit up.

The grevillia stamens and both stems aren’t on the template because you just need to cut some rectangles.

WATTLE

The leaves are a little fiddly to cut out, so may need a grown up.  The flowers are simple, just punch some circles from yellow paper and glue them onto the stems.

    

Make all your flowers then start arranging them on top of your sheet of cardboard. Cut out a vase and add it to your collage.  Once you are happy with everything, glue it in position.

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Jumping kangaroo

Australia Day is coming and what is more Australian than a kangaroo?  This one jumps almost as well as the real thing with the help of some elastic bands. Quick and easy to make, fun to play with and a great way to celebrate Australia.

THINGS YOU NEED

Two paper cups, two elastic bands, scissors, glue stick, bamboo skewer, colouring pencils, A4 card, printout of the template (you can download it here: Lotta jumping kangaroo)

HOW TO MAKE

  1.  Print out our template. If you can, print it on A4 card so your kangaroo will last a little longer.
  2. Colour in and decorate your kangaroo.  You could  make him even more Australian by adding some Aboriginal art inspired dots.

3.  Cut out the cup wrapper and glue it onto one of the paper cups.

4.  Poke four holes in your wrapped paper cup, at opposite points (like a cross).  An adult can use the pointy end of your scissors to get the holes started, then the kids can open them up with a bamboo skewer.

5.  Cut your rubber bands (so they aren’t circles anymore).  Feed one rubber band through the opposite holes, allowing a little slack, then tie a knot in both ends.  You can use your bamboo skewer to help poke the rubber band through the holes.

6.  Repeat with the other rubber band.

7.  Now your kangaroo is ready to jump. Place the kangaroo cup on top of another paper cup, pull down and launch.  Visit my Instagram profile to see a video of him jumping.

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