Paper Plate Crafts

Making crafts out of paper plates create endless possibilities. They can be very easy and they can be more complicated for the more advanced artist. These crafts are for younger artists with a little help from a grown up.

Picture Frame

Cut the center out of a paper plate to the size you need to fit a photograph. Have your child decorate the frame using markers, crayons, stickers and paint. Make a hole at the top, thread a ribbon or yarn for hanging and then tape the picture on the back to show through the frame opening. Other ideas: Add ribbon to the outer edge of the plate. Instead of cutting a hole for a picture, stencil, trace or draw a picture. Add glitter or words such as “welcome” or “My Room”.

Wreath

You can make a wreath out of a paper plate for any occasion such as holidays, seasons or a special occasion. Just cut the center out of a paper plate to the size of the wreath you want and decorate. Add a hole and string or ribbon to hang. For Spring, glue on flowers, for Summer, use suns or go with a beach scene. For Autumn, glue leaves and pumpkins for Thanksgiving or go with a Halloween theme. For Winter, glue on snowflakes and snowmen. The possibilities are endless when you make a wreath. You can even make a BFF wreath or create one for a friend for a birthday gift.

Silly Creatures (Pictured)

What you need:

1 paper plate
Paint
Cotton ball or tissue
1 empty toilet paper roll
Construction paper
Pencil/Markers or Crayons

What to do:

Decide what kind of creature you want to create. The picture shows a monster so I used brown paint. Try green paint and create a frog. Squirt a small amount of paint on a scrap piece of paper. Ball up the tissue or use a cotton ball and dab paint onto the paper plate on both sides. If you squirt paint directly on the plate and use a paint brush, you’ll lose the shape of the plate and create a bigger mess than you want. Dab the paint until the plate is covered to your liking. Make sure you reshape the plate before it dries.

Cut the toilet paper roll in half and cover with construction paper. Tape or glue. Then trace the toilet paper roll on another piece of colored or white paper to make the eyes. When you trace the toilet paper roll, make the circle a tad bit bigger and cut out. Create the eyeball and then glue the eye on the open part of the toilet paper roll. Set aside.

When the paper plate is dry, gently fold it in half. You want the mouth to be able to open on its own but not come completely open when you set it down. Cut out teeth and a tongue for your monster or creature. Glue or tape inside the mouth.

Glue or tape the eyes on top of the paper plate. Now you’ve got yourself a little monster. Other ideas: make eye lashes, antlers or antennas. Roll up the tongue so when the mouth is opened, it will unfold out and “spit” at you.

Mobile

What you need:

1 sturdy paper plate
Yarn or thin ribbon (any color)
4 – 5 Small pictures (either drawn and colored or printed out)
Scissors
Paint
Tissue or cotton ball

What to do:

Paint both sides of the paper plate with a very thin layer of paint. It works best if you dab paint on the plate with a bunched up tissue or a cotton ball. You could also draw or color your own picture on the plate, both sides.
Punch a hole in the center of the plate. Thread a piece of yarn or ribbon through the hole and make a knot. On the other end, knot a loop for hanging.

On the end of the plate, make 4 – 5 holes on the outer edge of the plate. Be sure you don’t make the holes too big. Thread a piece of yarn or ribbon and tie a knot to keep from falling through the hole. Make these pieces different lengths to add depth to the mobile. Then punch a hole in each picture and tie on the yarn that’s hanging down under the plate. You might want to add tape or glue to the knots to make it sturdier.

Tambourine (Pictured)

What you need:

What works best for this project is Styrofoam plates or bowls. The picture shows 2 bowls.
Yarn
Stickers
Hole puncher
Tape

What to do:

Put both bowls or plates inside each other. Punch holes all around the edge. Cut yarn about two arms’ length. Take a piece of tape and tape one end of the yarn to create a sturdy point. Turn one bowl or plate around and line up the edges. “Sew” the bowls or plates together in a simple stitch. Before you close up the tambourine, add beans or medium size or larger pasta. Use noodles that are bigger than elbow macaroni. Finish sewing up the tambourine and tie a knot. Decorate the tambourine with stickers.

Spirals (Pictured)

What you need:

1 paper plate
Markers or paint
Scissors
Yarn, string or ribbon

What to do:

Use a dark marker and make a large dot in the center of the plate. Draw a spiral all the way around the plate to the very edge. The closer the lines are together, the longer the spiral will be. Have your child paint or color both sides of the plate. When they are done, cut the plate following the marker line you created until you get to the large dot. Do not cut into the large dot. Create a hole in the center of the dot and tie a piece of string or yarn. Tips: For younger kids, place a few drops of finger paint on the plate and have them paint their own plate. They can pick it up with painted hands and create a masterpiece. For older kids, they can choose an abstract design that will coordinate with each other on both sides of the plate. They could also color coordinate both sides

A Mother’s Day Gift (Pictured)

What you need:

3 paper plates (small or regular size)
Paint
Ribbon or yarn
Hole puncher

What to do:

Paint all three paper plates (see picture). Punch a hole on the top and bottom of all three plates. Tie the plates together and add a ribbon or bow on the very bottom hole. You can also use smaller paper plates. I only had regular size so it turned out to be pretty big. Other ideas: Instead of doing M-O-M, write something special about Mom, draw pictures or glue photographs on the plates. Add more ribbon to outline the plates, add glitter, buttons and other scrapbook materials.

Puzzle

What you need:

1 or 2 paper plates
Markers
Black marker
Scissors

What to do:

Create a design on the paper plate. It can be a real picture or an abstract design. Use the black marker to make thin lines in the shapes of puzzle pieces. Cut out. For younger children, you can trace the puzzle pieces onto another paper plate so they have a guide to put the puzzle together.

Any of these craft ideas can be altered in your own way. Try replacing a step or two and add your own imagination. Paper plates are so easy to work with and allow so much room to use your imagination. Happy crafting!

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