Paper Bag Donkeys - Donkey Crafts for Kids

Paper Bag Donkeys - with free printable! We made these as we learned about the Easter story.

With Easter approaching, I have been talking with my kids about the Easter story. While at church child care, the children did a fun donkey craft and this was inspired by that.  I was so impressed with what could be done with a paper bag and some felt.  Here are the simple steps - plus a free printable- so you can make these Paper Bag Donkeys at home.

Supplies you will need:
easter craft

To make the body for the donkey, take a small paper lunch bag and cut a few inches off the part that opens.

brown paper bag

Then, open the bag and push the ends inside to make it about half its size.  

paper lunch bag

This will be a little wrinkled, so you will want to straighten it out and make sure the corners are sharp.  
paper bag

You will then cut out 4 rectangles in the middle of each side of the bag.  Once you cut them out you can see where the legs of the donkey will be.  

making a paper bag donkey

paper bag craft

The donkey will be wearing a felt blanket on its back.  To make the blanket, measure some felt that can fit over the donkey's back and go down its sides a bit.  The length will vary depending on how tall you made your donkey.  After you cut out the felt, you will add some glue to the short ends of the felt.  My kids were able to do this themselves.  Then we used our pre-cut pieces of yarn to create some fringe.  I just got some leftover yarn from my knitting bag and cut the pieces for the blanket.  You can really customize the look of the donkey by what color felt and yarn you use.  


felt and yarn craft

crafts with felt

After your child has added the fringe to the blanket, have them put some glue on the donkeys back and sides where the blanket will go.

Now it's time to put the blanket on the donkey.  I helped with the initial placement just to make sure it was evenly covering the back.  The girls were really good at patting down the glued blanket.

I have included a free printable of the donkey head we used.  Simply print on light colored cardstock and cut out.  I added some details to the head by drawing a nose, mouth and some lines on the ears. The kids had fun coloring the donkey heads with crayons.  They both went with rainbow colored heads.   

When the donkey face is colored, your child will glue on some googly eyes.


It's finally time to glue on the head!

donkey craft

Aren't they adorable?  These paper bag donkeys are an easy Easter craft that your child can play with when they're done.

Paper Bag Donkeys with free printable

I almost forgot to tell you about the tails! To make some tails for these paper bag donkeys, just cut out a thin strip from your leftover paper bag, add some yarn, and glue to the back of the donkey.  These animals look cute coming or going.  The END!

For more Easter ideas for kids check out:

          Counting Caterpiller                                 Decorating Easter Egg Cookies


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  1. These donkeys are just the cutest! Thanks for the tutorial!

  2. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and commenting on the Tator Tot Casserole post. I hope you love it! Also, the donkeys are adorable! Love it!

  3. Vicky those are super cute! I would love for you to link this & other kid-friendly stuff at my TGIF Linky Party -
    Beth =-)

  4. My kids would love to make these! Super cute!

  5. Oh my! These are CUTE!!

    Thank you for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!


  6. thanks, I think we'll do this for Palm Sunday with my 4-K class.

  7. I changed these up to make them toddler friendly and we are doing them at story time at the library tomorrow. Thanks for the seeds of inspiration!

  8. I LOVE this idea. Stealing it to use in Sunday School class. Keep those ideas coming.
    Are you on twitter? or facebook?

  9. What a sweet donkey. I do love the tail.

  10. This is adorable and so easy! Saw your link at HoH & love it!

  11. I just love your donkey's!! You have to smile when you look at them! Just wanted to let you know that i am featuring them on my Kid's Co-Op post this week...thanks for sharing with us!

  12. This is absolutely ADORABLE! I can't wait to share them with my SS kiddos! Thank you!

  13. Vicky - this is a great activity for Easter! TY, again, for sharing via FB! Pinned and shared!