Movable Bird Paper Doll

Flap your little bird’s wings – make our Moving Bird Paper Doll and let this cute bird fly high in the sky.

Your kids can make this paper craft in as many colors as they want (rainbow bird anyone) or keep it realistic, though it’s a fun project to make.

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You can make this mobile doll with or without the cord.

Moving bird paper doll

If you make it with string, when the string is pulled, the bird will move its wings. Pretty sweet, right?

How to make paper dolls with moving birds

What you need:

  • our bird paper doll sample
  • paper (preferably thicker paper/cardboard)
  • coloring materials if printing black and white paper doll templates
  • drag
  • paper screws (also called pins or split pins – most office supply stores or craft stores sell them)
  • rope
  • Optional manual bar

Step-by-step instructions

Print out the form. If your child chooses a black and white model, the first step is to color the bird’s body and wings.

Next, cut along the dashed lines (body and wing edges).

Punch holes (two holes in the body, two holes in each wing). Adult supervision is required.

On the wing there is a larger black hole for the string (if you are not using string you do not need to punch this hole).

Punch a hole through the white circle.

Punch two holes (white circles) in the body.

You will need two paper clips to make this paper doll.

Push the paper tie through the hole in the body…

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And through the white hole in the wing.

Separate the paper tie to secure it.

You can rotate it around a bit to make the mechanism work more smoothly.

Repeat with remaining wings.

Without using strings, you’re done.

If you are using thread, thread it through the larger holes on the pattern.


Force a know (loop must be large)

All has been done! Your moving bird paper doll is complete!

You can also add a craft stick on the back as a handle.

Get the moving bird paper doll template

Craft paper bird dolls for kids

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