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Paper Plate Crafts for Kids

You don’t need fancy supplies to keep your kids entertained – there are plenty of fun things that you can make and do with paper plates and art supplies!

Here are three paper plate craft ideas for kids that are a guaranteed to deliver oodles of muckiness and fun.  


Paper Plate Crafts for Toddlers: Paper Plates of Food

This is one of our favourite paper plate crafts for toddlers. It’s easy, but so much fun, and the end results can be used over and over again as accessories to your little one’s toy kitchen or imaginary shop. Just remember to supervise children as they use scissors and glue, and protect your surfaces with lots of newspaper or a plastic cloth!

You Will Need:

  • paper plates
  • glue
  • coloured paper
  • string
  • pompoms
  • scissors – if your little ones are old enough to do any cutting themselves, close supervision is required.

How to Make It:

  1. Cut the paper into food-shaped pieces: bunched-up pieces of string make good spaghetti; green pompoms or scrunched up balls of tissue paper make good peas; round circles of paper can be tomatoes or carrots; thin strips of yellow paper look like chips.
  2. Help your little one decide what they’d like to serve up and stick the food on!


Paper Plate Craft Activities: Paper Plate Dressing-up Hats

Who would have thought you could make inventive – and even pretty – hats out of paper plates? This is one of those paper plate craft activities that requires good scissor skills, but very little else, and can be adapted to any theme or style.

The outer rim of the plate will be the brim of your hat. You’ll cut the base of the plate into any shape that you’d like to stick up on the outside of your hat – this might be something that you would do, or it is a task for older kids. Always remember to be careful when using scissors!

You Will Need:

  • paper plates
  • scissors
  • a pencil
  • decorating supplies (paint, crayons, sequins, feathers – the possibilities are endless!)

How to Make It:

  • For a crown: draw lines across the base in a crisscross pattern. Cut the lines across the lines, as far as the brim and fold the resulting points outwards. Decorate.
  • For a bird hat: use the pencil to draw the basic body shape of a bird (a small circle on top of a large circle, on the base of the plate, making sure the bottom of the body touches the rim. Cut away the surplus base and fold the bird shape upwards. Decorate and add feathers to complete.
  • Other hat ideas: bunny or bear ears; stick flowers around the brim; design emergency service badges; add wool to the brim to make hair. The list is endless!


Paper Plate Activities for Older Kids: Paper Plate Dream Catcher

Lots of paper plate activities are designed for younger children, but this one’s for slightly older kids who are able to use a needle and thread. Dream catchers are traditionally made by Native Americans, and hung above children’s beds to catch nightmares while they sleep.

You Will Need:

  • A paper plate
  • Paint and a paintbrush
  • A large needle and some wool
  • Ribbons
  • Beads
  • Feathers
  • Scissors
  • A hole punch
  • Glue.

How to Make It:                                       

  1. Use paint to decorate the rim of the paper plate and let it dry.
  2. Carefully cut away the middle of the plate leaving the rim of the plate intact.
  3. Thread the needle with some wool and use it to sew a spiders’ web like pattern across the interior of the circle.
  4. Use the needle and thread to create a hanging loop at the top of the disk.
  5. Punch three or four holes through the opposite end of disk from which to hang decorative ribbons.
  6. Tie a knot at the end of each length of ribbon and thread three or four beads on the other end.
  7. Glue a feather to the knot in each ribbon, just below the beads.
  8. Tie the other ends of the ribbon through the holes in the disk.
  9. The dream catcher is complete, so now you can hang it above your bed!