Paper Bag Platypus Craft

How to Make a Platypus Using a Lunch Bag

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Learn how you can make a platypus craft by stuffing a small paper bag with crumpled up newspaper and then decorating and gluing on the templates for the beak, feet, and tail.

  • Age Guideline: 5 Years and Up
  • Time Required: 30 minutes (Does not include drying time)

The above age and time guidelines are estimates. This project can be modified to suit other ages and may take more or less time depending on your circumstances.

Materials Needed:

  • Paper Lunch Bag
  • Newspaper
  • Construction Paper
  • Large Wiggle Eyes
  • Craft Glue
  • Stapler or Cellophane Tape
  • Scissors


Crumple up pieces of newspaper and stuff the bag to the top. Fold down the top opening of the bag corner to corner meeting in the center of the paper bag, and staple or tape it closed. It should look like a fat bag with a triangle point at the top. Lay it staple side down on the table.

Trace the platypus beak, feet, and tail onto brown construction paper and cut them out.

  • Beak, Tail, and Feet Template

Glue the tail to the end of the bag where the bottom of the bag is. Glue the bill pieces on the top and the bottom of the bag to cover the point you made when you folded it. Glue 2 legs on each side. Glue on the large wiggle eyes!

You can see a picture of a platypus here.

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