Paper Plate Crafts for Kids
More than a Pretty Face

They're super easy! When you need something round paper plate crafts for kids are the way to go. Preschoolers can have a fun time cutting and gluing. So gather a container of cheap plates and some other supplies. Don't forget the kids!

Yes, the plates do make cute animal faces. But you can do so much more like flowers or Christmas decorations.

Click the pictures below will take you to the individual paper plate crafts for kids.

Animals Paper Plate Crafts for Kids

Easy the Elephant

E is for elephant. So let's make this cute elephant face so he can face the giants.

preschoolers can make an elephant out of paper plates


  • 2 paper plate
  • Gray crayon
  • Scrap of blue paper
  • Scissors
  • White glue
  • Black marker
color the plate gray and cut shapes

Color both plates gray with your crayon.

Cut the rim off one of the plates. You want the circle as large as possible to make the ears. The circle is about 6 1/4 inches. Cut the circle in half.

Cut a 6 by 1 1/4 inch piece from the rim for the elephant's nose.

glue the pieces on the paper plate

Glue the ears to the sides of the other plate

Glue the nose piece in the center of the plate.

Cut two ovals approximately 1 1/2 by 1 inch for the eyes.

Glue the eyes on the paper plate. 

With a black marker make circles for the pupils.  

Hippy the Hippo

easy paper plate hippo

Oh, what a big mouth you have!

You will need;

  • 2 paper plates
  • Blue or gray crayon
  • Pink crayon
  • Scissors
  • Googly eyes
  • Hole punch
  • Yarn
  • Glue
cut some off one plate color both plates

Cut 3 inches off one of the plates. Color one side pink. Turn over and color the other side blue.

Draw a line 5 inches from the top of the plate you did not cut. Color the top blue and the bottom pink.

make holes in both pieces

Place the blue side up over the pink part of the plate. Punch one hole on each side of the pink part of bottom plate. Make holes on the top plate that will line up with those on the pink. 

with yarn tie the two pieces together

Cut two pieces of yarn to thread through the holes. Tie the yarn in a knot. Now you can open the hippo's mouth.

add ears and eyes

Cut two circles from the leftover piece and color them blue for the ears. Glue the ears to the top of the plate. Glue googly eyes below the ears.

Hound Dog

preschoolers can make a cute dog

"You ain't nothing but a hound dog." Oh, yea we are talking about crafts, not an old Elvis song. Anyway, this craft looks like a hound dog with long ears. 

You will need;

  • Paper plate
  • Wiggly eyes
  • Pompom
  • Brown construction paper
  • White glue
cut oval for ears

Have your child color the paper plate if he wants or he could leave it white. 

Cut long ovals out of paper for ears. The ears should be long enough to cover the sides of the plate, approximately 8 1/2 inches long. Have your child glue just the tops of the ears to the rim of the plate.

add ears, nose, and eyes

Next, have him glue on the wiggly eyes. Now your dog has puppy eyes!

Then glue on the pompom for the nose. Your dog is done.

Koala Bear

make a koala bear

When is a bear not a bear? When it is a koala. They are marsupials, and they are very sleepy critters. They sleep 18-20 hours a day. Looks like it is nappy time!

For this project you will need;

  • 3 Paper plates
  • Gray marker or color crayon
  • Blue and black paper
  • Glue stick
cut off the rim off 2 paper plates

From two of your paper plates cut off the rim. You will want the center circle for the ears. 

color the pieces gray

Have your child color the paper plate and circles gray.

Glue the gray circles to the sides of the plate. About half of the circle is showing. The other half is glued to the back and side of the plate. You might need to pinch the circles to the plate a little so you can have a good bond.

finish by add a nose and eyes

With the blue paper cut out circles for eyes. Make the pupils by cutting a small circle out of black paper with a hole punch. Glue the eyes to the paper plate.

Cut an oval out of black paper for the nose. Glue to the plate.

A Cat’s Face

make a cat's face from a paper plate

What shape does your cat's face have? This one is round just like a plate. Some people say that cats with round faces are submissive. I don't know, most of the ones I have seen are independent.

Materials that you will need are;

  • Paper plate
  • Pink and black paper
  • Yarn for whiskers
  • Glue stick
draw ear and cut off rim

You will first want to make the cat's ears. You will want two triangles to be 1 1/2 inches apart from each other at the top of your paper plate. For each triangle draw a base that is 1 inch, then draw two angled lines that are each 2 inches. Cut around your triangles to finish the ears.

add eyes and whiskers

Cut two black triangle for eyes (you could also make diamonds for eyes since cat eyes are like diamonds). You could use wiggly eyes if you want or cut circles. Glue the eyes to the plate.

Cut three strands of yarn 7 1/2 inches each for the whiskers. Glue to the plate. 

add a pink triangle for the nose

Make a pink triangle for the nose. Glue over the center of the yarn. (Meow! Purr….)

Related:another Cat paper plate crafts for kids

Fancy Eye Mask

fancy cat mask

At masquerade balls, people would wear interesting masks. Most of them only covered the eyes and had fancy decorations. Some of them resembled an animal. This one resembles a fancy cat.

What You Will Need:

  • A paper plate
  • Markers
  • Hole Punch
  • Elastic
cut your paper plate so that it is 5 inches

You will only need part of your plate, so cut a piece about 5 inches.

make diamond shaped eyes

Put the plate on your face and figure out where your eyes are going to be by making a point at each location. Make two diamond shaped eyes at those points and cut out. 

make the ears and cut out the sides

Next, you will want some ears. Above each eye draw, a triangle that has a base of 1 3/4 inches and the sides are 2 inches. Cut around the triangles. Make sure you leave two rectangles on the sides of the plate for later.

With the hole punch, punch a hole in each rectangle.

decorate your mask

Now tie a piece of string or elastic that will fit around the back of your head.

Decorate and color your mask with the markers.

Your mask is now done! Have a party and invited your friends. See if anyone can guess who you are.

Other Animal Paper Plate Crafts for Kids 

Paper plates are inexpensive and make cute animals. Here are some more pages that have paper plate crafts for kids.

Flower Paper Plate Crafts for Kids

Sparky the Sunflower 

Where are the sunglasses because this flower is a star! Shining as bright as the sun. No, really it's a sunflower. Toasted seeds anyone?

You will need;

  • Paper plate
  • Empty paper towel roll
  • Green, yellow, brown paper
  • Glue stick
  • Tape
cover plate with yellow paper strips

From a yellow piece of construction paper cut narrow strips. Glue the strips to the paper plate. You will want to cover as much of the rim of the plate as possible. 

add brown circle to center

Cut a brown circle the size of the center of the plate. Glue onto the plate.

cover roll with green paper

Cover the towel roll with the green paper. The paper will not cover the entire towel roll. Just start from one end.

tape plate to cardboard roll

The end that is not covered will be taped to the back of the paper plate.

make the leaves

Take your green paper and fold it in half. Draw a large oval with one end touching the fold. Cut out and unfold to get your sunflower leaf.

add the leaves to the sunflower

Glue the leaf to the back of the towel roll. Sunflowers are not just pretty to look at, but when they die they produce sunflower seeds! They are good to eat.

Viny Flower

vine flower craft

This cute flower will wind around your heart.

You will need;

  • You will need;
  • Paper plate
  • Green crayon
  • Scissors
  • Colorful cupcake liner
  • Green construction paper
  • Scrap of white paper
  • Glue Stick
color both sides green

Color both sides of your paper plate green.

cut the plate in a spiral

Cut the plate into a spiral.

fold a cupcake liner and round the edges

Fold the cupcake line into fourths.

Round the top of the liner. This will make a flower with four petals.

cut some leaves

Cut a circle from white paper and glue to the center of the cupcake liner.

From green paper cut twenty heart shapes. The shapes are 1 1/2 by 2 inches.

glue the leaves and flower to the spirals

Glue the leaves to the sides of the vine. Glue the flower to the center of the plate.

Tip: The blades of safety scissors are usually made from plastic. The scissors are made so that it will only cut paper and not a child's hair or his fingers. A lot of children (and a few adults) have trouble cutting paper with them though. 

So, the best way is to teach scissor safety first. Tell your child what is okay to cut and what is not. Tell them also not to walk with scissors in their hands. 

Then find a pair that will fit their hands and has blunt ends. 

Christmas Paper Plate Crafts for Kids

Flowers, now Christmas where did the time go? Well here is also a Jack-o-lantern, a pumpkin, and a turkey paper plate crafts for kids.

Melting Snowman

melting snowman

Help! I'm melting! But, I'll be back.


  • Paper plate
  • Scrap of black paper
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch
  • Glue stick
draw your snowman in the center

Cut a square on the side of the plate. In the center draw two overlapping circles like a snowman. 

cut the spiral

Then have your child cut a spiral from the rim to the center of the plate. Fold the snowman up.

decorate the snowman

For the snowman’s face make eight circles with a hole punch. I used black paper. Glue two circles for the eyes. Next glue five circles for a smiling mouth. 

For the hat cut a rectangle from black paper or your child’s favorite color. Glue to the top of the center circle.

Related: Snowflake snowman

An Angel for Your Table

plate angel

Does my skirt look too puffy?


  • Paper plate
  • White glue
  • Two white pipe cleaners
  • Wooden bead
  • Glitter
cut to the center

Mark the center of your paper plate. Cut from the rim to your dot. 

staple the sides

Place a 6-inch pipe cleaner at the center. Overlap the two sides together so that you can staple the rim. Your plate should have made a cone shape. 

add the bead and make the halo

Place a wooden bead on the pipe cleaner. This is your angle’s head. Fold the pipe cleaner into a circle to make a halo. 

add the arms

Turn your plate over and fold the pipe cleaner into a circle so that it does not pull out. 

Take a 12-inch pipe cleaner and fold once around the neck. Fold each end to the center. Fold the ends to make hands. 

add designs with glue

Make dots and lines with glue.

add glitter

Before the glue dries, sprinkle with glitter. If you don’t want the mess, you can buy glitter glue from the store. 

By the way, there are more paper plate crafts for kids sprinkled throughout the site. Here is a list of some more easy projects.

The cheap paper plates are not great for carrying food because they are so flimsy. But paper plate crafts for kids give you some ideas how to use them creatively. Your preschoolers can have fun making animals, flowers, Christmas decorations and other cool things.

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