Ostrich Duster Finished Activity Photo

Ostrich duster


More than 100 years ago, people used light, fluffy ostrich feathers for dusting their homes and offices. Today, synthetic fibers do just as well picking up dust, and the ostriches get to keep their feathers! Make this fun fellow to help you keep things neat and tidy.


Materials: foam ball, googly eyes, dusting tool, chenille stem, stencil, scissors, glue, yellow foam

What you need

  • 2 ½-inch foam ball
  • 2 googly eyes
  • 1 dusting tool
  • 1 sheet of yellow foam
  • 1 yellow chenille stem (or pipe cleaner)
  • Beak and feet stencil
  • Scissors
  • Glue
Pressing foam ball onto duster


Print the stencil and use it to trace the ostrich beak and feet onto yellow foam sheet. Use scissors to cut out the beak and feet. Press the foam ball onto the end of the duster. Glue googly eyes onto the front of the foam ball.

Attaching legs to duster


With an adult’s help, use scissors to cut a groove into the foam ball just below the eyes. Put a bit of glue into the groove and press the wide edge of the beak into the groove. Wrap one end of the yellow chenille stem to the top of both legs and use the other end to attach it to the bottom of the duster.


Finished ostrich duster


Your ostrich is ready to go!