To make a duck out of paper plates you will need four dinner-sized paper plates for each duck you plan on making. The more durable the plate the better the bird will stand up to abuse. You will also need one snack size paper plate, orange, and yellow or white paint, a glue gun or stapler, regular glue, card stock, scissors, and black markers. Cut out feet, wings and a bill shape from scrap paper, you will need these patterns to more easily mark where to cut on the paper plate. Place the feet pattern on a paper plate so that the web part of the feet is on the outer edge of the paper plate. Trace two feet and cut them out. For the wings place the pattern on a paper plate so that the scalloped edge of the wing (the outer edge) is at the edge of the plate. Trace the pattern and then repeat the process on the other side of the plate. Place the bill pattern on the paper plate, putting the base of the bill (rather than the tip) on the scalloped edge of the plate, and cut out the bill. Now it is time to put everything together. Start by placing a large paper plate, right side up, on the table. Decide where you want the wings and feet to be and staple or glue them to the top of the paper plate. Place another paper plate of the same size upside down on top of the right side up paper plate. Glue or staple it onto the other plate. To make the head of the duck fold a snack size paper plate in half and glue it to the body. Paint in all the other details (like the feet, head, body and bill). Glue on the bill to the head. Cut out eyes from a piece of cardstock and glue them onto the head.
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