Australian Animal Craft Project – Kookaburra Craft

Date :
April 10, 2018

Australian Animal Craft – Pine Cone Mrs Kookaburra

Mrs Kookaburra is one of our favourite characters in Tales From The Billabong so much so we had a go at making our own Mrs Kookaburra from a pine cone.  We think she is lovely and has inspired lots of imaginative play.

What you’ll need:

Australian Animals - Craft Project - Make Mrs Kookaburra using pine cones!

  • Pine cone
  • Brown cardboard
  • Blue or silver cardboard
  • Pipe cleaner
  • Googly eyes
  • Scissors
  • Water colour paints
  • Paint Brush
  • Hot glue
  • PVA

How to create your own Mrs Kookaburra!

    1. First we made our wings. To do this we painted watercolour onto our cardboard, we just dabbed the brush onto the paper in rows so when we cut into wings they would look like layers of feathers. Be sure to leave a strip of the brown cardboard plain for the beak coming up.
    2. Once dry we cut out wing shapes, the blue one we made slightly bigger and then once dry glued the brown one on top of the blue one. Australian Animal Craft Project: Mrs Kookaburra watercolour painting


    1. To Make the beak we took a long piece of cardboard and folded in half. then we trimmed it down to give it some shape yet (don’t trim it too far Mrs Kookaburra has a nice long beak). Once we were happy with the beak I painted with the watercolours the top a couple of shades of brown and the inside a pink colour. Our beak fitted nicely in the pinecone and we secured with a little hot glue. (image 4)Australian Animal Craft Project: Mrs Kookaburra Pinecone


    1. Next we glued the wings and eyes to the pine cones. We secured them with a rubber band whilst the hot glue dried but you don’t really need to.

    Australian Animal Craft Project: May Gibbs Kookaburra Pinecone Wings

    1. We only needed half a pipe cleaner which we cut into three pieces for her feet. We just hot glued them straight onto the pine cone under a prong. Australian Animal Craft Project: Mrs Kookaburra Pinecone


    1. Mrs Kookaburra is now complete. We are so impressed how she turned out.


Crafty Bel This is a contribution from Crafty Bel!  Crafty Bel is here to help stimulate little imaginations and spark a creative flame in little people. Inspired by May Gibbs’ own passion for creative writing and art, Bel helps educators and mums to embrace nature inspired creativity. You can find more of Bel’s work at Mums Take Five.

Australian Animal Craft Project – Kookaburra Craft