How to Make a Duck Bill

Updated February 21, 2017

Whether you're trying to create a duck costume for a play or a Halloween costume, or you want to create a duck craft project, a piece that is vital to the animal is a bill. Creating a duckbill can be achieved using paper plates, markers and a few other basic craft supplies.

Colour the top and bottom of a paper plate with an orange marker. If you're making a duckbill for an adult costume, use a dinner-sized paper plate; if you're making a child costume or a duck craft, use a dessert-sized paper plate.

Fold the paper plate in half inward. The bottom of the paper plate should be facing out, creating the outer portion of the bill and the top of the paper plate should be facing in, creating the inside of the duckbill.

Colour two 1-to-2-inch circles side-by-side on the centre of the outer portion of the paper plate. The two circles represent the nose holes.

Run glue along the outer folded portion of the paper plate and press it onto your duck craft, if you're creating a duckbill for a craft.

Punch a hole on either side of the outer portion of the creased part of the paper plate. Cut two pieces of yarn, thread one piece through each hole and tie a knot in the end of each piece of yarn. Use the yarn to tie the duckbill onto the face, creating a duckbill for a costume.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper plate
  • Orange marker
  • Black marker
  • Glue (optional)
  • Hole puncher (optional)
  • Yarn (optional)
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Lily Mae began freelance writing in 2008. She is a certified elementary and literacy educator who has been working in education since 2003. Mae is also an avid gardener, decorator and craft maker. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in education and a Master of Science in literacy education from Long Island University.