You’re going to love these paper plate crafts for kids! Get tons of ideas for animals, fish, dinosaurs, flowers, cool crafts, and more.
Have you ever crafted with a paper plate? I’m thinking I didn’t do it enough as a child! We did a lot of easy crafts when I was little, but I have to admit that we didn’t use paper plates that much. Maybe there was a shortage in the 80s?
The internet didn’t exist for the common folk back then, so the ideas weren’t as copious. I’m amazed with the sheer number of genius paper plate crafts available, things that even I (as an adult) would love to make! Can you make a dinosaur with a paper plate? Yes. Can you make a llama with a paper plate? Yes. What about a spider web? YES!
The great thing about these craft ideas is that they are easily achievable by any age. If you have a toddler or an 8-year-old, you’re going to find something here. The projects also use basic kids’ craft supplies, so you’re not going to need anything fancy. You might have a lot of the supplies on hand already.
Keep reading to get the list of paper plate craft ideas; they are broken up by section. We’ve got Basics, Animals, Fish, Dinosaurs, Halloween, and Christmas. For the holiday craft ideas you’ll want to scroll down toward the bottom. Enjoy!
Paper Plate Crafts
Grab those paper plates from the pantry and get crafty! Here are 75 things to make with paper plates including animals, fish, crafts, art, and more.
This paper plate rainbow is the perfect activity for playdates, toddler groups, classrooms, or even just a fun activity at home. Paper plate crafts are always fun, and this rainbow will be one of your top favorites as it is so simple and colorful!!
Do you call these twirlers or whirligigs? Personally, I think paper plate star whirligigs is a bit more fun – but either way, I call them magical! There is something so captivating about watching these twirly-whirly spirals twist in the wind. They look so pretty but they couldn’t be simpler to make!
Celebrate your nation's flag with a cute version made out of a paper plate! You can use a national flag, a state flag . . . or any other flag you choose. Perfect for the 4th of July or Independence Day.
What better craft to make on a super rainy day than an umbrella paper plate craft? This one even has a whole bunch of little beaded rain drops! The beads stringed on the thread makes this craft a great fine motor workout for your kids!
A sailboat craft is a fun summer idea. Take up a challenge and make one that floats, or use paper for a simple version for preschoolers. This paper plate boat combines a yarn sewing project with a free printable template.
Who doesn’t love a sloth? They’re just so cute, and quite funny. And, well, slow. I mean, what’s the rush, anyway? There should be a rush to make this darling paper plate sloth craft, though, because it’s just too adorable not to.
This paper plate peacock craft was inspired by a fun turkey craft Rachel made last fall. It might be one of my most absolute favorite paper plate crafts I've ever seen! If a paper plate craft can be pretty, this is it.
I think the reason people love unicorns so much is because they allow us to use our imagination and express our creativity. Embrace your inner unicorn and make a paper plate version with your favorite colors.
I have an owl tattoo on my ankle - they are very special to me! One time someone told me that they are "good bad birds" and I couldn't agree more. I think they're smart too! Make your own version for fall.
Are your kids wildlife fans? Children will love making and wearing these adorable handprint and paper plate lion masks. These easy to make animal masks are super fun for the dressing up box and a great way to inspire dramatic play and storytelling.
Looking for a fun and easy spring craft for kids to make? This bee craft is perfect! When we think of spring we think of all the beautiful flowers - and you can't have flowers without bees! Learn how to make a little pollinator out of paper plates.
This paper plate snail is so fun! We love how bright and colorful it is with its pom pom spiral shell and googly eyes! You’ll love how easy these paper plate snails are to make, and how they rock forwards and backwards when you give them a little tap.
Frogs are fascinating animals for children. They come in so many colors and have quite a few entertaining characteristics! Capture one of the most fun abilities of frogs (their elastic tongues!) with this cute craft idea.
This paper plate fish craft is inspired by the book Rainbow Fish. It’s an award-winning book about a beautiful fish who finds friendship and happiness when he learns to share. The colors in the book are vibrant & beautiful, and so is Stacey's version of the start of the book!
Are your kids shark fans? Then they’ll adore this interactive paper plate shark puppet craft! These teeth-y fish have movable jaws so kids can have great fun biting, chomping and munching with them. There won’t be a safe finger in the house!
Do you have kids who love anything dinosaur related? If so, this fun dinosaur craft is going to bring a huge smile to their faces. The secret to the textures? Bubble wrap (don't surprised if there is popping while crafting!).
Ready for the coolest paper plate pumpkin craft ever? This Halloween craft for kids is here to take the spotlight as it looks almost like a real carved pumpkin. The wonderful little electric tea light makes the magic happen.
This is a fun way to get a dual activity out of one idea! Kids will make the cutest Halloween ghost craft, while also practicing their lacing skills (hand eye coordination). Great for kids of all ages.
This cute Christmas wreath is easy enough for kids of all ages to make! Plus it uses one of favorite craft supplies of all time . . . big sparkly pom poms! This would be cute in a winter version as well.
Who is at the front of Santa's sleigh? Why Rudolph of course, with his bright and shiny nose! I love this idea, and if I were feeling sassy I might even add a bit of red glitter for some serious bling.
This pop up nativity idea using a plate is way too cute for Christmas! When the plate is opened, you'll get a design that kids can use markers to draw in details like the star, manger, baby Jesus, Mary and Joseph.
It's not really Christmas without the Grinch. Celebrate the crankiest Christmas hero with this cute Grinch paper plate craft idea.
Now that you’ve looked at these paper plate crafts, I’d love for you to let me know your favorites in the comments! Which ones do you want to try? I’d also love for you to visit the following posts I think your littles will enjoy: