Flying Australian birds

Flying Australian birds cockatoo

All these cute Australian birds need to fly is a couple of straws.  Watch the video below to see how they work.

To make them you will need:

  • My Flying Australian Bird Template
  • Scissors
  • Light-weight A4 card (200gsm)
  • Sticky tape
  • Glue
  • Colouring pencils, felt pens or paints to decorate them
  • Two straws, one slightly smaller than the other.  I used a paper straw and an Ikea plastic straw.
  • Books or images from the internet of Australian birds

Flying Australian birds galah

There are four different templates which can be turned into many Australian birds.

Template 1 can become a cockatoo, galah, cockatiel, black or red cockatoo.
Template 2 can be a budgie, parrot, rainbow lorikeet or rosella.
Template 3 can be a magpie or kingfisher.
Template 4 can be smaller birds like a zebra finch or Gouldian finch. 

Flying Australian birds rainbow lorikeet


  1.  Print the templates onto lightweight cardboard (I used 200gsm).
  2. Research the birds that you would like to draw. Study their markings and colours and draw and/or paint your own onto the template.
  3. Cut out the pieces.
  4. Fold the wings in half.  Then fold each side down along the second lines.
  5. If you want your bird to be double-sided, glue the two decorated bodies together. Glue the wings onto the bird body.
  6. Cut a slit in the small straw and glue it onto the middle of the birds body. 
  7. Cut one third of the large straw off.  Cut a notch into one end of both sides of the straw, about one third of the length. 
  8. Feed the large straw over the small straw. Slide it up to the top of the notch.  Tape the ends of the straw onto the wings. 
  9. Now when you hold the small straw and pull the large straw down, the wings will flap and the bird will fly.


Find more great crafts in my magazine (click the covers below).  There’s more Australian animal crafts for Australia Day here.

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Easter Bilby

In Australia, we are encouraged to celebrate bilbies not bunnies for Easter.  So I’ve made an Easter Bilby craft this year instead of an Easter Bunny.

What’s it all about?  A Bilby is an Australian native animal that is sadly one of our most threatened species. The Save The Bilby Fund uses Easter to raise awareness and funds for bilby conservation.  As they are threatened by the introduced species, Rabbits, Aussies are encouraged to celebrate the Easter Bilby instead of the Easter Bunny.

So that’s why I made this guy from a paper plate and some cardboard.  If you’d like to make one, download the pattern here: LOTTA easter bilby pattern


Paper plates, thin cardboard, black, white and pink paint, paint brush, paint tray, scissors, masking tape, glue, googly eye, coloured paper, circle punch (optional)


  1. Paint the paper plate and a sheet of cardboard grey.  I added a little texture to mine to make him appear furry not flat.
  2. Paint a small piece of cardboard pink for the ears, nose and cheeks.
  3. Print out the template. Tape the pieces on top of the plate/cardboard and use the template to cut out all the pieces.
  4. To turn the basic bilby into an Easter Bilby, add some strips of coloured paper inspired by the patterns on Easter eggs. If you have a circle punch it’s an easy way to make patterns. Glue them onto your bilby pieces with a glue stick.
  5. Assemble all the pieces and glue them into position and hello Easter Bilby!

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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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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.


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)


  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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You’ll find more great art and craft projects for kids in my magazine. Click above to see all the issues.