Crafts with paper plates are super easy things for kids of all ages to do and the possibilities are endless.
They’re fun for toddlers and older ages.
You can do easy paper plate craft projects in as little as 20 minutes and with material that doesn’t cost much.
We love crafting with paper plates because it’s something we always have at home and it’s so easy to do.
Besides paper plates you only need basic crafting supplies like card stock, glue, pencils and scissors.
The paper plates can be transformed into seasonal decoration, movie characters, plants or animals with just a few quick steps.
They are great to make with just one kid or a whole group of kids in a daycare, preschool, birthday parties or at home with your own kids.
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This list includes 33 creative paper craft projects you can do with your kids.
1. Rainbow wind spiral
A super cute spiral that spins in the wind in different rainbow colors.
Great for everyday decoration and to teach your kids about basic science.
You can find the full tutorial how to make this spinner at the live of a navy nuke wife.
2. Watermelon paper plate fan
Perfect for the summer heat with a adorable design – Watermelon themed fans made with paper plates.
Find out how to make them here at honey and lime.
3. Paper plate tropical fish
Make your house looking like a aquarium with this variety of colorful tropical fish made with paper plates.
Want to know how to make them?
Head over to crafts by amanda.
4. Baby Yoda
Alli from Made with happy came up with this star wars themed paper plate craft of the popular “baby yoda” that you can see in the series called “the mandalorian”
Fun fact: His actual name is Grogu and not baby yoda.
I absolutely love this fun paper plate snail that attachment mummy came up with.
The pom poms on the snails house make this craft super colorful and fun.
6. Growing plant
This project is a great way to teach your kid about the four different seasons.
The plant in the middle grows out of the paper plate and you can easily switch it out according to the season.
It could be a flower in spring, a full apple tree in summer, a tree with yellow leaves in autumn and a snow covered one in winter.
Learn how to make it from crafty hacks.
7. Rainbow fish
Have you ever read the story about the cute little rainbow fish and his sparkly scales?
If not you should.
It is a adorable story for children and one of my favorite books when I was little.
And you can make a super simple rainbow fish with a paper plate like two pink peonies did.
8. Animal masks
If your child loves farm animals this is the perfect craft for you.
Animal mask made out of paper plates for your kid to play pretend with.
That is one of the projects we will have to try out too.
See here how they are made by crafts 4 toddlers.
Mama of minis shows you two different ways to transform a paper plate into an adorable unicorn with either the top of the plate or the bottom.
10. Paper plate frisbee
Another fun project with crafts by amanda lets you transform paper plates into functional and personalized frisbees.
The kids can paint on them whatever they want and then stay occupied outside.
11. Water turtle
Another great idea to use your paper plates to make animals – sea turtles.
You can find the tutorial at taming little monsters.
How about a colorful rainbow with fluffy clouds?
Using half of a paper plate you can create a simple rainbow following the steps in this tutorial by messy little monster.
13. Advanced rainbow
Then we also have a little more advanced rainbow that is using paper instead of just paint and looks super cute too.
Head over to Little Adoo to find out how to make it.
14. Suncatcher with leaves
This is the perfect craft for autumn.
Combining a paper plates with collected fallen leaves from your backyard or a forest close by and you got yourself a pretty fall themed sun catcher you can hang in your window.
Messy little monster shows you step by step how to make one.
15. Pot of gold
A perfect paper plate craft project for St. Patricks day is this pot of gold created by the gingerbread house.
This craft is a little more advanced and definitely needs some help from a grown up.
I would say it is perfect for kids starting around preschool age.
16. Flying unicorn
Also a paper plate craft that is a little more advanced for kids is this flying unicorn made by messy little monster.
The unicorn actually flies on the rainbow and you get the template for the unicorn to download for free.
17. Lady Bug
A really cute lady bug with different colors made of tissue paper.
The tutorial can be found at crafts by amanda.
18. School bus
This little school bus is a great back to school craft for kids or when your kid first starts school.
Very easy to make with the instructions you can find by honey and lime.
Another fun sea creature made out of paper plats is this jellyfish with tentacles made from straws.
Found at taming little monsters.
A sunflower with real sunflower seeds will brighten up the whole room.
Taming little monsters came up with this fun spring or summer themed paper plate project.
21. Pizza (with box)
Moms creative cupboard shows you how to make your own paper plate pizza with a variety of fun toppings to add.
Louisa explains exactly what craft materials you can use to make toppings like bacon, lettuce, pineapple or red onion.
You can make it as a whole pizza or cut the paper plate in individual pizza slices.
22. Paper plate snow globe
For the winter time you can make your own snow globe with the tutorial by ottawa mommy club.
It features a small snowman in a winter wonderland and is the perfect decoration for winter.
Did you know you can fit a whole universe on a paper plate?
The inspiration edit made it happen with a super cute space paper plate craft that includes stars, planets and rockets.
This friendly pirate made with a paper plate by easy crafts for kids comes with a eye patch that actually moves.
So you can cover either eye of the pirate with the patch.
25. Floral wreath
This paper plate wreath with flowers is the perfect spring decoration for your house.
Found at embark on the journey.
26. Patriotic wreath
The keele deal made a super simple to make patriotic wreath that is perfect for any patriotic holiday decoration.
You can use if for July 4th, Memorial day or Veterans day.
It is made with the american flag and colors.
Who doesn’t love the quirky, yellow minions with their funny appearance?
You can make a paper plate minion with just a few steps lined out by gluesticks gumdrops.
28. Flower monsters
A super fun spring craft with paper plates making them into Monster flowers in different colors and spooky faces.
You can even download a printable for the faces for free on DIY Thought.
29. Hot air ballons
Thanks to their textured ballon parts these paper plate hot air balloons are also a great sensory activity for kids of all ages.
You can find the full tutorial at Artsy momma.
30. Fruit envelopes
Sending letters has never been more fun – Use paper plates to make super cute and colorful fruit envelopes that you can actually use to send via mail to friends and family.
Find out how to make them at my poppet.
31. Yarn Heart
A perfect paper plate craft to make for Valentine’s Day, Mother’s day or any other occasion is this heart made with yarn inside a paper plate.
It can also be used as a unique decoration in your house.
To find out how to make it click over to red tedart.
Artsy craftsy mom came up with a colorful Parrot made out of a paper plate.
A great decoration for any tropical themed kids room or birthday party.
33. Toy story alien
The perfect paper plate craft for all little toy story fans out there.
Hunny I’m home DIY shows you how to make a cute toy story alien out of a paper plate.
I hope you were able to find inspiration for your next paper plate craft with your kids.
Do you have a great project you love to make with paper plates?
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