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Crafting Winter Animals that “Shred”

Crafting Winter Animals that

These crafting winter animals will keep your kids entertained when it’s too cold to play outside. Make some hot cocoa and spend the afternoon crafting with recycled shredded paper. It does make for fun paper glitter, as we created a furry polar bear and feathery snow owl – although each of my kids thought it was a white penguin, so we can call it that too!

I wrote a post for Baby Center all about a Snowman that “shreds” and I thought it might be fun extend the paper shredding to create a couple winter animals. Try to think of as many winter animals as you can and craft them all! We’re recycling our shredded paper, straight from our electronic shredder. I could even see a few old bills in pile.

If you don’t have an electronic shredder, you can easily use scissors or a paper trimmer to slice up some old -ready to be recycled- paper.

Crafting Winter Animals that “Shred”


  • shredded paper
  • white school or tacky glue
  • pencil
  • 1 sheet of cardstock paper
  • extra colored paper scraps
  • 2 googly eyes per creature

1. With your pencil, draw your image. I’m NOT an artist, so it’s a good thing it doesn’t matter as the paper will cover up my sad excuse for a polar bear!

Drawing animals

2. Add glue to the entire inside of the animal’s body. My kids love this step.

Paper Covered Polar Bear

3. Grab a chunk of shredded paper and sprinkle it onto your glue. My paper shreds are 1-2 inches long, so I had to scrunch and bend some of them to stay within the outline. Press the paper shreds down, making sure they are in place and then shake off any extra paper that didn’t stick into the box.

4. Glue on your googly eyes and nose. Cut and glue your colored paper to make any embellishments you’d like to add.

Paper Glittered Polar Bear

Here is our snowy owl! She is complete with a little red bow. She could also be a white penguin if that’s what your brain is telling you! So cute right??

Paper Glittering

And here is our snowman too. He turned out cute with fun googly eyes and pom pom buttons! I love this craft!

We hope you try this fun winter craft with your kiddos. It is perfect for a chilly day spent inside. Make sure to hang up your artwork so that you can admire it all winter long!

*Originally posted 1/23/12