Paper Plate Crafts for Kids
More than a Pretty Face

by Karen & Grace Morris

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 kid.

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

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

Seasonal paper plate crafts for kids

Buggy paper plate crafts for kids

Make some people paper plate crafts for kids.

Celebrate with paper plate crafts for kids.

Paper Plate Crafts
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Animals Paper Plate Crafts for Kids

Easy the Elephant

preschoolers can make an elephant out of paper plates

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


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

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 together to make an elephant

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 the 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!


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

Cut off the rim from two paper plates. 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.

You will need;

  • 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 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.


paper plate unicorn

Unicorns are magical horses with a single horn. 

You will need;

  • Plate
  • 2 pipe cleaners
  • Scraps of yarn in 3 colors
  • Hole punch
  • Scissors
  • Googly eyes
  • Black color crayon
cut the unicorn shape and punch holes

Cut the side of the plate so that the top is 7 inches and the bottom is 2 inches.

In the top, punch a hole in the center. Measure 1 inch from on each side and make a hole. Then make four more holes, equally spaced about 1/2 inch apart.

make the unicorn's horn

Twist the two pipe cleaners together. 

add the horn to the center hole

Thread about 2 1/2 inches of the pipe cleaner through the center hole and twist. Fold the top down about 2 1/2 inches so that it looks like a horn. 

tie a piece of string to one hole

Cut pieces of yarn 6 inches long. Thread a piece of yarn in one of the holes next to the unicorn's horn. Tie a knot in the yarn.

add two more strings to the same hole

 Add two more pieces of yarn to the same hole. Repeat, adding three pieces of yarn to each of the empty holes. 

finish your unicorn

Add large googly eyes to the face. Also, make two lines near the bottom for the nostrils. 

More 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.

People Paper Plate Crafts for Kids


fire officer made with a paper plate

A brave person who fights fires!


Print the FREE PDF of the hat. Use the template to make the fire officer.

use the template to make a fire officer

Cut around the outside of the template and cut off the rim. Color the hat red and add a face.

Police officer

paper plate police officer

A brave person who fights crime!

You will need;

Print the FREE PDF of the hat. Use it as a template to make a police officer.

cut and color your officer

Cut around the outside of the hat and the rim. Color your police officer.


paper plate cowboy

I'm sure he's the sheriff. Or possibly a hired hand. He could even be a bank robber of the wild west.


  • 2 paper plates
  • crayons
  • Scissors
  • Stapler
color one hat brown

To make a hat for the cowboy, first color one of the plates on both sides.

Fold the plate in half. Start at the fold, make a small slit with your scissors. Place the scissors in the slit and cut around the inside of the rim to make the top of the hat.

place the hat on the other plate

Place the folded hat on the other plate. See the part that is above the rim of the hat? You will need to remove this part. 

Staple the hat to the other plate

Staple the hat to the head piece. Add the facial features.

Flower Paper Plate Crafts for Kids

Sparky the Sunflower 

paper plate sunflower craft

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. 

Insect Paper Plate Crafts for Kids

Make some bugs to go with your flower paper plate crafts for kids!


butterfly paper plate craft

Imagine, you could fly away with this butterfly. What kinds of things could you see from high above?

you will need;

  • 1 plate for each butterfly
  • Scissors
  • Newspaper or something to cover your table
  • Paint
  • 12-inch pipe cleaner
  • Large wooden bead
  • Stapler
fold and cut the plate

Fold the paper plate in half. At the open end, find the center. Cut out a triangle shape almost to the fold. At the top and bottom of the fold, make an angle cut. You should have a butterfly shape.

add drops of paint to on of the butterfly's wings

Cover your work surface with newspaper.

On the wing of the butterfly, put some drops of paint near the fold. You will only want drops on one of the wings.

fold and squish the paint

Now fold your plate on the fold line. Squish the paint like you are squishing a bug. 

Unfold and let dry. Add pipe cleaner and bead.

When you unfold the wings, there will be a mirror image. Don't worry if yours doesn't look like your neighbors, each one will be different. Let your creation dry. 

Bend a 12-inch pipe cleaner in half. Thread through a bead. Staple the folded end to the top of the butterfly. Twist the other end so that it looks like an antenna.  


paper plate ladybug


  • 2 plates
  • Scissors
  • Red and black washable paint
  • Painting sponge
  • Black construction paper
paint your plates

Cut the rim off of one plate. Paint the circle black. This will be the ladybug's head.

Paint the outside of the other plate red.

cut legs and spots

Cut circles from black paper. I cut five. 

Also cut six zigzag pieces for the legs.

glue the pieces together

Glue the pieces together to make a ladybug.  

If you wanted to make this a learning project you could make one ladybug with one dot, another with two dots, a third bug with three dots and so forth. Then have your child order the ladybugs.

Paper Plate Crafts for Kids and the Night Sky

night sky paper plate craft for kids


  • 2 Paper plates
  • Black paint
  • Sponge
  • Push pin
  • Brad
  • White crayon or pencil 
  • Color crayons to draw a scene
  • Star field book optional
color one plate for day

Take one of your paper plates and draw a scene with color crayons around the rim. A house on one end of the plate and a sun on the other with green grass all around is a great idea.

paint a plate black add stars

Take your other paper plate and paint it with the black paint using the sponge. Let dry.

With a white crayon, draw dots and lines to make constellations. You can also add some star stickers. Older children can use a field guild and copy the constellations for a season, such as winter. When you are all done, cut the paper plate in half.

add the night sky to the day

Take your push pin and make a hole in the center of each of the paper plate halves and the main plate. Line the holes on top of each other. The two halves will not be able to cover the main plate entirely, but that's okay. Take your brad and push it through all three of the holes, fastening it on the other side. Now you can take a look at your scene or the night's sky by moving the halves! 

Seasonal Paper Plate Crafts for Kids



Snowflake 1

Snowflake 2

Snow streamer

Polar bear


Mr. Sun

Sun with glasses

Chinese New Year's Dragon

paper plate Chinese Dragon

According to Wikipedia, Chinese dragons can be green, yellow, or red. Usually more than one color is used. 

What you will need;

  • Three paper plates
  • Tape
  • Wiggly eyes
  • Markers
color on plate in a spiral design

Take one of your paper plates and color it in a spiral, making your lines about 1 inch. Alternate between red and yellow. Stop coloring with the red and yellow when you get to the center. You will want to color the center blue and green. Turn the plate over and color it the same as above.

cut around the spiral

Cut the plate above in a spiral using your colors as a guild line. When you get to the center, shape it to look more oval. By folding one side of the oval, cut a slit. Unfold, then do the same to the other side.

color another plate yellow and red

Take another paper plate and color it yellow, then trace the rim with a red marker.

turn over and color the other side yellow and red

Flip it over and make quick marks with a red marker, then fill in the gaps with yellow. 

fold the plate

Fold this plate in half, with the red and yellow on the outside.

Attach the center of the spiral plate to the top of the folded plate.

make the tongue

To make the tongue, cut a 6 1/2 inch piece from the rim of the last plate. Cut a “V” on one end. Color the tongue red. Fold 1 inch on the other end and glue it to the center of the folded plate.

cut diamonds for teeth

To make the teeth, cut twenty 1 inch pieces from the rim of the white plate. Shape the pieces like diamonds. Fold each piece in half. Glue them to the inside of the folded plate. Leave the teeth white. The color is usually associated with death.

cut two zigzags

Now cut out two zigzags 2 by 1/2 inches and color them yellow. Fold each one of their ends about a 1/4 of an inch. Stick them into the slits that you made in the spiral plate.

glue everything together

Take two large wiggly eyes and stick them on the red and gold plate.

Lift your dragon up and do the dragon dance.

More Holiday Paper Plate
Crafts for Kids

Easy to make decorations.

You can make a wreath for any season.

Make a shamrock for St. Patrick's Day 

Easter Paper Plate Crafts for Kids

Easter bunny

Hatching chick 



Baby chick

Lacing egg

Empty tomb

Halloween Paper Plate
Crafts for Kids

Jack o lantern 

Candy corn man

Painted bat wings

3D pumpkin

Thanksgiving Paper Plate
Crafts for Kids

These turkeys would look nice for Thanksgiving decorations.

Painted turkey

Sitting turkey

Another turkey

Christmas 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 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. 

More Christmas paper plate crafts for kids.

Lacing wreath 

 By the way, using paper plate crafts for kids are so easy that we tend to sprinkle them throughout the site. You might find even find more projects than what is listed below.

The cheap paper plates are not great for carrying food because they are so flimsy. Paper plate crafts for kids will 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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