Easy-to-Make Paper Owl Bookmark

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Owls are often used as a symbol of learning and wisdom. It makes this paper owl bookmark the perfect craft to represent the importance of reading.

Owls are fascinating birds and probably one of the easiest types of birds to recognize. Here are some interesting facts about owls to help you introduce this creature to your kids before launching into the paper owl bookmark craft.

8 Interesting Facts about Owls

  1. A group of owls is called a parliament. One of the books that popularized this title is The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis, in which he described a meeting of talking owls in Narnia one night and called it a parliament of owls. (The Silver Chair is the fourth book Lewis wrote in The Chronicles of Narnia.)
  2. Although you probably know owls to make a “hoo-hoo” sound, not all owls hoot! Owls can also make hissing sounds, or a whinny that sounds like a horse, depending on the owl species. 
  3. An owl’s feathers are camouflage, which helps them blend into their environment. For instance, snowy owls, which live in snowy places, are white.
  4. Because their eyes can’t move, owls are created with the ability to rotate their necks up to 270 degrees. That’s roughly three-quarters of the way around!
  5. Many species of owl do not have symmetrical ears. This means that their ears are located at different heights on the head of the owl. There is a reason for this. It is so they can be better hunters by carefully pinpointing the location of sounds, such as a small mammal scurrying on the ground.
  6. Most owls hunt insects, small mammals, and other birds. While some owl species hunt fish, other owls, such as the great horned owl, also hunt smaller species of owls.
  7. Owls are nocturnal, which means they are active and do their hunting at night.
  8. Owls are very quiet when they fly and can swoop down on their prey while barely making a sound.

List of Supplies for Paper Owl Bookmark:

paper owl bookmark - supplies for owl bookmark project
  1. Colored craft papers
  2. Pencil
  3. Black Sharpie
  4. Scissors
  5. Craft glue
  6. Owl Bookmark Template (opens in new window)

Instructions for Paper Owl Bookmark:

Step 1:

Print and cut out the patterns from the provided template.

Select different colored craft papers for the paper owl bookmark. The template includes the main body base pattern, 2 wings, 1 pair of eyes, 1 beak, 1 eyebrow pattern, and small curved patterns for decorating the wings.

paper owl bookmark - cut-out pieces for owl bookmark

Step 2:

Stick the small, curved patterns on the wing cut-outs and glue them, letting the glue dry.

paper owl bookmark - cut-out pieces for owl bookmark close up

Step 3:

Attach the eye cut-out on the top side (the small part of the body base) of the main body pattern of the owl.

paper owl bookmark - cut-out pieces for owl bookmark with owl eyes on body

Step 4:

Attach the eyebrows on the top side of the eyes and attach the beak below the eye, right in the middle of both eyes.

paper owl bookmark - cut-out pieces for owl bookmark with owl eyes and beak and eyebrows on body

Step 5:

Do not attach the entire wing to the body; only apply a small drop of glue on the top end of the wing or on the body part where the top end of the wing will be attached. Place the wing on the glued part to attach it to the main body.

paper owl bookmark - cut-out pieces for owl bookmark with one wing attached

Step 6:

Similarly, attach the other wing to complete the paper owl hug bookmark.

paper owl bookmark - cut-out pieces for owl bookmark with both wings attached

Step 7:

You can use a black Sharpie to draw eyelashes on your cute paper owl bookmark.

Once it is complete, you can slide the owl papercraft through a page by inserting a page between the wings and the body.

paper owl bookmark - cut-out pieces for owl bookmark with all pieces attached and eyelashes drawn on

Additional Activities:

If you’re looking for more owl-themed activities in addition to the paper owl bookmark, you might try these adorable pinecone owls with your kids.

Here is another cute paper owl craft that can double as a Valentine’s Day or Mother’s Day gift, or a “Just Because” gift for a parent or grandparent.

If you’ve ever read Owl Moon, you know it’s a gorgeously written book of prose, which won The Caldecott Award. These Owl Moon inspired printables are designed for preschool ages.

If you want to take your learning time deeper with older children, learn about the boreal forest food chain with your students. Or embark on a bird study together.

Suggested Books about Owls:

If you’re heading into summer, and looking for ideas to keep your kids busy, check out this summer reading list of activities and challenges, along with a few recommendations on owl-themed books right here:

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