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Project #3 - Plate Mates

How to make your own Nest Friends Plate Mate!

This is a really fun project that will encourage your little ones to be creative & inventive. Let them express themselves & have lots of fun while they create their very own Nest Friends plate mate!


You will need

• 2 x Paper plates

• Paint / Crayons / Pencils / Felt tip pens

• String

• Scissors

• Glue stick

• Any other fun craft materials!


What you need to do

Step 1

Take your plates & set one of them aside (you'll need it shortly).

Step 2

Add some colour to your paper plate! You can use poster paints, felt tip pens, crayons - whatever you have in your art box! Once you've finished, leave to dry for 5 to 10 minutes.

Step 3

Taking your second plate, cut as shown. That will give you two wings & a tummy piece.

Step 4

Now it's time to get creative! Using coloued paper or paper you've coloured yourself, make the eyes, legs & any other pieces you need to make the best plate mate!

Step 5

Once you have all the pieces you need, its time to start sticking! Take your glue stick & carefully stick all the pieces to your complete plate (Keep your leg & tail pieces to one side).

Step 6

Once everything is fixed & dry, flip your plate over & carefully trim off any excess parts using scissors.

Step 7

Taking your leg & tail pieces, position & stick down with glue.

Step 8

Now taking a pencil, pierce a hole in the top of your plate large enough for your string to pass through.

Step 9

Take your string & thread through the hole. Tie in a loop to make sure your plate mate stays attached!

Step 10

You're all set! Now find a great place to hang your brilliant Nest Friends plate mate!

Don't just stop at one! Make as many as you like. Have fun creating your very own birds too! Maybe your bird is glittery? Or really feathery? We'd love to see them when they're done!

Share your images!

We would love to see your pictures of you & your little ones making our projects.

There are lots of ways you can share!

Post them to your instagram & tag @nestfriendsofficial - we will add them to our gallery!

Post them on our facebook page 'nestfriendsofficial'

Post them up on twitter & tag @nestfriendtweets

Send your photo's to - we will then post them up on our social media channels!

We are always happy to hear about how you got on with any of our projects & activities. Tell us all about it on our contact page!

Happy creating, exploring & inventing!

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