Paper Plate Crafts

Paper plates are cheap to buy and easy to store - making them an easy choice for short notice crafting in the house or for group or classroom crafts. You can see how much we like using paper plates by the many, many paper plate crafts we have below.

Apple Collage

Apple Collage

Quick to make but great fun for younger children, this apple collage makes a super autumn or healthy eating craft.

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Birds Nest Collage

Birds Nest Collage

This delightful birds nest collage can be enjoyed by all ages. Younger children can be given the shapes pre-cut and can take charge of decorating the paper plate nest and and adding wiggle eyes and beaks to the baby birds.

Birds Nest Craft

Birds Nest Craft

This birds nest crafts makes use of simple craft cupboard supplies like paper plates and tissue paper to produce a fun craft for kids, suitable for spring or summer. Add some little eggs to turn this into an Easter craft, too...

Bunny Mask

Bunny Mask 2

Use a paper plate and some craft cupboard bits and pieces to make a cute bunny mask - perfect for Easter!

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Catherine Wheel Craft

Catherine Wheel Craft

Here's a fun paper plate craft idea for toddlers and younger children on Bonfire Night (or any fireworks themed holiday). Be prepared to get a little sticky!

Chinese Dragon Mask Craft

Chinese Dragon Mask Craft

Here's a simple paper plate Chinese dragon mask craft - something to get even the youngest children involved in Chinese New Year and Year of the Dragon. Why not hold your own Chinese New Year parade when you have your mask completed?

Cornucopia Craft

Cornucopia Craft

Here's a very quick and easy cornucopia craft for kids at Thanksgiving - fun for preschoolers.

Count Down Wheel

Count Down Wheel

We've made this count down wheel craft for Advent but of course you could adapt it for any important occasion. Use up lots of crafty bits and pieces to decorate it, or use a white paper plate and let the kids decorate with paint or colouring pencils before adding the numbers.

Cow Mask

Use a paper plate and some basic craft supplies to make this lovely cow mask. We love this sort of activity because it gives your child fun of making the mask, and then wearing it too!

Diving Dolphin Craft

Diving Dolphin Craft

It's always fun to have an end-product that moves after a crafty session, and this diving dolphin activity fits the bill nicely! Younger children will enjoy seeing their dolphin diving in and out of the waves...

Dolphin Collage

Dolphin Collage

Scrunching up tissue paper and gluing it somewhere is always a successful craft for little ones, and we think they will be thrilled with the results in this dolphin collage.

Easter Bunny Paper Plate Craft

Easter Bunny Paper Plate Craft

This simple craft is fun for kids of all ages. You can use the Easter Bunnies to decorate your house or classroom, as large puppets (attach a wooden spoon to the back with strong sticky tape), or as masks.

Elephant Mask

Elephant Mask

You can tell this gorgeous elephant mask is of an Indian elephant because of his colourful head-dress and his ears! Fun for kids to make and wear!

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Horse Mask Craft

Horse Mask Craft

Making this horse mask involves all sorts of crafty activities that younger children will enjoy - painting paper plates, cutting, sticking, and of course wearing the mask at the end!

Jack-o-Lantern Mask

Jack-o-Lantern Mask

Turn a paper plate and some scraps of paper into a spooky Jack-o-Lantern mask this Halloween. The kids can have great fun making their own ghastly or funny faces.

Make A Hoplite Shield

Make A Hoplite Shield

Ancient Greek soldiers were also known as Hoplites. They carried a large shield often made of wood. These were painted by the individual soldiers to their own design. Our hoplite shield below is made out of a paper plate and some imagination!

Marble Heart Card

The finished card is so pretty, I wish our photos did it justice! Swirling the paints around on the paper plate to make the marble effect on this Valentine's Day card is great fun, and it does mean that the paint is relatively easily contained.

Ox Mask

Ox Mask

Kids can have fun making this Ox mask for Chinese New Year - it is simple, effective and fun!

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Panda Mask

Panda Mask

Kids are sure to enjoy making this panda mask. All you need is a white paper plate and a few simple supplies from the craft cupboard. Not only is the completed mask fun to wear, but it looks great on display, too.

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Paper Plate Angel Craft

Paper Plate Angel Craft

Transform some simple supplies into this lovely paper plate angel craft - it's a quick and easy Christmas craft for younger children.

Paper Plate Bee

Paper Plate Bee

Perfect for summer, this easy bee craft for preschoolers is effective on display, whether there is one bumblebee or a whole swarm!

Paper Plate Beetle Craft

Paper Plate Beetle Craft

Quick and easy and great for younger children, this paper plate beetle is a super minibeasts craft idea and a useful way of teaching legs and pincers. Instructions below. Also useful as a scarab beetle for an Ancient Egypt theme.

Paper Plate Castanet

Paper Plate Castanet

Here's a quick way for kids to make a paper plate castanet - perfect for celebrations (such as New Year's Eve or birthdays) or for a kitchen band!

Paper Plate Christmas Pudding

Paper Plate Christmas Pudding

This is such a simple idea but it looks almost good enough to eat! Children will enjoy making this Christmas pudding craft and displaying it proudly.

Paper Plate Cockatoo

Paper Plate Cockatoo

Turn a paper plate and some feathers into a beautiful cockatoo, perfect to put out on display as part of a bird or Aussie theme, or just to make because ... well, why not!

Paper Plate Cow

Paper Plate Cow

This gorgeous cow craft is simple to make using a paper plate as its base. Younger children might need some help cutting out the shapes - or you could prepare them in advance and leave them to do the sticking.

Paper Plate Diplodocus

Paper Plate Diplodocus

Kids can transform some basic craft supplies into this super paper plate diplodocus. We had fun with the bubble wrap painting, too! Doesn't he look great?

Paper Plate Dove

Paper Plate Dove

Cut and assemble three paper plates into a lovely 3-dimensional flying dove, ready for the kids to hang in the home or classroom.

Paper Plate Elephant Craft

Paper Plate Elephant Craft

Here's a fun elephant craft for little kids, involving paper plates, cutting and sticking! Why not create a herd of elephants for the classroom or kitchen?

Paper Plate Ghost Craft

Paper Plate Ghost Craft

Quick and simple, this Halloween craft uses a paper plate, scissors and pen to produce a fun ghost to put out on display.

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Paper plate golden snitch

Paper Plate Golden Snitch

Our paper plate snitch craft couldn't be simpler.  Why not make golden snitch plates to eat off at a Harry Potter party?

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Paper Plate Goldfish

Paper Plate Goldfish

Our paper plate goldfish is a quick and easy craft to do with younger children and a school of them makes a lovely display at any time of year - but they might be particularly appropriate for Chinese New Year or your China topic.

Paper Plate Goldfish Bowl

Paper Plate Goldfish Bowl

This super paper plate goldfish bowl looks great displayed on the noticeboard - or fridge! The 3D effect is particularly fun for kids.

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Paper Plate Goldfish Craft

Paper Plate Goldfish Craft

Kids can use this colourful paper plate goldfish craft idea for Chinese New Year or perhaps an Under The Sea theme. It's a quick and easy craft for a group of younger kids that looks great on display!

Paper Plate Harvest Basket

Paper Plate Harvest Basket

Here's an idea for a quick paper plate harvest basket that the children can paint and cut out. Fill it with our vegetable clipart!

Paper Plate Hedgehog

Paper Plate Hedgehog

Paper plate crafts are always popular, and this paper plate hedgehog combines painting, cutting and sticking, so it will hopefully be no exception!

Paper Plate Horse

Paper Plate Horse

Paper plate crafts are always popular, but we must warn you that this paper plate horse is slightly trickier than most of the paper plate crafts at Activity Village! Younger children will need help drawing and cutting the head and leg shapes, and perhaps with some of the sticking too.

Paper Plate Ladybug

Paper Plate Ladybug

This cute paper plate ladybug craft is fun for little kids to paint and put together, and looks great on display.

Paper Plate Mandala

Paper Plate Mandala

Who would have believed that a simple white paper plate could look so beautiful, and provide such a fun (and inexpensive) weaving craft for the kids? I would love to see a whole wall of these on display...

Paper Plate Marbling Tree

Paper Plate Marbling Tree

This is a simple technique which involves a paper plate (one of our favourite crafting ingredients!) and lots of colourful paint. You will need some patience while the "tree" dries!

Paper Plate Mayflower Craft

Paper Plate Mayflower Craft

This is a simple craft idea for making an old fashioned sailing ship or Mayflower, using a paper plate and some lolly sticks. You can make two ships from one paper plate.

Paper Plate Monkey

Paper Plate Monkey

Imagine this paper plate monkey on display on the wall - or maybe a whole "flock" of them! It's such a fun and simple monkey craft for little kids, I hope you will have a go.

Paper Plate Monkey Mask

Paper Plate Monkey Mask

Here's a fun use for a paper plate - a monkey mask! Cutting out the eyes the way we have makes this a really easy mask for younger children to play with.

Paper Plate Olympic Rings

Paper Plate Olympic Rings

This simple craft makes a colourful wall display and provides an opportunity for youngsters to practise cutting skills and colour recognition.

Paper Plate Owl

Paper Plate Owl

You just need three paper plates and some craft cupboard supplies to make this gorgeous paper plate owl!

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Paper Plate Ox

Paper Plate Ox

Here's a fun way to make an Ox for Chinese New Year! This ox makes a super wall display. You could mount him onto a large piece of red paper, as red is a lucky Chinese colour.

Paper Plate Panda

Paper Plate Panda

Simple but adorable, this paper plate panda is made in no time with some simple cutting and sticking. A great panda craft project for younger kids.

Paper Plate Peacock

Paper Plate Peacock

The peacock is the national bird of India. As you will see from the photo below, you can make a glorious peacock with a paper plate and some other craft cupboard supplies!

Paper Plate Poppy

Paper Plate Poppy

Here's a simple paper plate poppy craft that toddlers and younger children can enjoy. A display of these would look pretty for Remembrance Day, or perhaps in the summer.

Paper Plate Pumpkin

Paper Plate Pumpkin

Young children love cutting and sticking so this simple craft is bound to be a hit.  Leave it plain for harvest or add a black face to turn it into a Jack O'Lantern for Halloween.

Paper Plate Rabbit Craft

Paper Plate Rabbit Craft

Here's a fun paper plate rabbit craft to make with the children, fun for younger kids at Easter or Chinese New Year 2011 (Year of the Rabbit).

Paper Plate Racket

Paper Plate Racket

Here's a quick paper plate racket craft idea for little kids. Once made, just scrunch up some paper to make small balls and you'll be able to play tennis inside whatever the weather!

Paper Plate Robin

Paper Plate Robin

Make this gorgeous paper plate robin - it's a quick and easy craft for Christmas or a wildlife or bird theme, perfect for preschoolers.

Paper Plate Rudolph

Paper Plate Rudolph

Isn't this Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer handsome? He makes a lovely Christmas display and is an easy Christmas craft for all ages.

Paper Plate Scarecrow

Paper Plate Scarecrow

Our cute paper plate scarecrow craft includes all the elements loved by young children, painting, cutting and sticking.

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Paper Plate Scrunchy Penguin

Paper Plate Scrunchy Penguin

This cute paper plate scrunchy penguin is fun to make - scrunching and sticking the tissue paper to the paper plate gets delightfully messy and is always popular! The finished penguin is nicely textural for display, too.

Paper Plate Shamrock

Paper Plate Shamrock

This paper plate shamrock makes a satisfying kids craft for St Patrick's Day, with painting, cutting and sticking involved!

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Paper Plate Snake Mobile

Paper Plate Snake Mobile

Paint and decorate a paper plate before magically transforming it with a pair or scissors into this paper plate snake mobile! This is always a popular craft with younger children.

Paper Plate Snowman

Paper Plate Snowman

Isn't this snowman gorgeous? Enjoy this easy winter snowman craft with your kids. They are so simple and effective, why not make a family of snow-people!

Paper Plate Spider

Paper Plate Spider

This cheerful paper plate spider involves painting, cutting, folding and sticking, so it is a great Halloween craft for younger kids. And they look great out on display, too!

Paper Plate Spider Web

Paper Plate Spider Web

This paper plate spider web is just the thing when you have a pompom spider which needs a spooky perch! Younger kids in particular will enjoy the lacing activity.

Paper Plate Stegosaurus

Paper Plate Stegosaurus

A simple dinosaur craft activity for younger children, our paper plate stegosaurus is fun to make and paint and looks great too!

Paper Plate Thistle

Paper Plate Thistle

Here's a fun craft for little ones, perfect for a Scottish theme. If you paint the plate first and leave it in a warm place to dry, it might even be ready by the time you have the handprints drawn and cut out.

Paper Plate Toadstool

Paper Plate Toadstool

This fun paper plate toadstool craft is useful for Autumn or a fairy theme, perhaps! Good for the youngest children.

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Paper Plate Wombat

Paper Plate Wombat

Kids can have some fun painting paper plates, cutting out shapes and gluing them together to make this cute paper plate wombat!

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Pasta Mandala

Pasta Mandala

This is a lovely craft which can be done with any age of child. We've used the excuse of making a mandala, which is symmetrical and repetitive in design, but you may prefer to give the kids free reign!

Penguin Mask Craft

Penguin Mask Craft

Here's a quick and easy paper plate penguin mask craft for little kids, fun for winter. Or dress your penguin up for Christmas with a red bow tie or ribbon!

Rainbow Castanets Craft

Rainbow Castanets Craft

The children will enjoy making these rainbow castanets for St Patrick's Day - remember there's a pot of gold at the end of every rainbow!

Rainbow Streamers

Rainbow Streamers

These Rainbow Streamers are a fun craft and decoration for kids to make for St Patrick's Day, or when studying rainbows.

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Rocking Chick

Rocking Chick

Isn't this rocking chick gorgeous? It's easy to make, and fun for kids to display at Easter time.

 

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Rocking Peacock

Rocking Peacock

The peacock is the national bird of India. Here is a Rocking Peacock craft that the kids will enjoy, using a paper plate and some craft cupboard supplies

Rocking Rabbit Craft

Rocking Rabbit Craft

This rocking rabbit craft for kids is so quick and easy to do, and really lovely to display! Make for Easter or perhaps for Chinese New Year of the Rabbit.

Rocking Robin

Rocking Robin

The robin is one of the most popular garden birds - especially with children, who love if for its red breast and its cheeky expression! Here is an unusual craft which will bring the robin out of the garden and into your house!

Rocking Rooster Craft

Rocking Rooster Craft

Turn a simple paper plate and a few bits of paper into this gorgeous rocking rooster. Younger kids will love it!

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Rocking Turkey

Rocking Turkey

This rocking turkey looks great on display and is fun to make for Thanksgiving too!

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Rooster Mask Craft

Rooster Mask Craft

This rooster mask craft makes use of materials that you will probably already have at home, and is a fun activity to do with younger kids for a farm topic or Chinese New Year. Scroll down for instructions.

Rudolph Mask

Rudolph Mask

Dressing up at Christmas is always fun, and this Rudolph mask is sure to be a hit with your little ones!

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Souvenir Plates

Souvenir Plates

We did this craft as a way of commemorating the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton - but of course you can use it for any special occasion (perhaps the birth of a new prince or princess?) All you need are some simple supplies, an event to commemorate, and your imagination...

St Patrick's Day Wreath

St Patrick's Day Wreath

Here is a pretty craft idea for a St Patrick's Day Wreath that your children will enjoy making. Great for Rainbows too.

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Star Wreath

Star Wreath

Our Star Wreath craft idea is fun for kids of all ages to create and makes a super patriotic 4th of July door or table decoration.

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Styracosaurus Mask

Styracosaurus Mask

Make this wonderful styracosaurus mask with paper plates and paints and your child can be transformed into a fierce dinosaur!

Sun Handprint Craft

Sun Handprint Craft

Bring a little sunshine into your home with this super easy sun handprint craft for summer! And as it involves some painting, some tracing, some cutting and some sticking, it proves a particularly popular craft for kids!

Tiger Mask

Tiger Mask

Great for the Year of the Tiger or an Indian theme - your child can pretend to be a tiger when they are wearing this ferocious mask!

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Tissue Paper Tennis Ball

Tissue Paper Tennis Ball

Little kids will enjoy making this tissue paper tennis ball. There's something very satisfying about scrunching the paper and sticking it down! And it looks great, too. 

Wombat Mask Craft

Wombat Mask Craft

Kids can have fun making this simple wombat mask - and then wearing it!

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Woven Rainbow Craft

Woven Rainbow Craft

You'll need very simple supplies for this stunning woven rainbow craft, but all the kids we've tested it on really loved having a go at this and we think it looks fabulous on display. We also have a printable version of the craft instructions below.

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