Are the kids getting restless and bored inside? How about mixing it up and doing some easy to make paper plates crafts? Whether they want to create a whole galaxy that glows in the dark or their favorite farm animal, it can be made with paper plates. We’ve put together some of the easiest and quick to make paper plate crafts all in one place!
You can make lesson plans around these and so many more, pair them with movies to keep the kids interested. Use them as educational tools to help with color learning. The options really are so abundant with paper plates and they are super cheap too!
Since these crafts are all based on paper plates the supply list is really short and easy:
Now let’s get to crafting!
Pig Paper Plate Craft from Simple Everyday Mom – Perfect craft for multiple book/craft combinations and just regular craft time for smaller kids. For young kids you can pre-cut the small pieces so they just have to glue them down.
Emoji Painted Paper Plate Craft from Natural Beach Living – Use this as an educational way for kids to express their emotions and pair with watching the Emoji movie!
Flying Unicorn Paper Plate Craft from Messy Little Monster – Targeted more for slightly older kids as this has some intricate pieces and assembly but it’s still cute beyond words!
Easter Bunny Paper Plate Craft from Mommy Made That – Free template to complete these adorable Easter crafts that all the kids can make, may require help gluing with smaller kids.
Angry Birds Paper Plate Craft from Craft Create Cook – Make the piggies AND the angry birds with this craft. (It also teaches primary colors for smaller kids)
Glow-in-the-Dark Alien Paper Plate Craft from Arts & Crackers – Let them create something they can hang in their rooms! These glow in the dark crafts are sure to make them excited and who doesn’t love a good alien?!
Dr. Seuss Truffula Tree Paper Plate Craft from Mommyhood Life – Use the paper plates as the background for these art pieces! The kids can paint them or leave them white to make the colors pop from their truffula trees.
Paper Plate Jellyfish from About A Mom – These adorable jellies are made with just four simple supplies and you can get most of them at your local dollar store!
Baby Yoda Plate Craft from Made with Happy – Who doesn’t love little baby Yoda? You can create the free templates or free-hand the facial pieces. Either way these little green guys are too cute not to make!
Under the Sea Paper Plate Craft from Surviving a Teacher’s Salary – This one is super easy to make with smaller kids and they can even snack while they do it (just make sure the ones they are gluing down aren’t getting eaten!)
Space Themed Paper Plate Rings from 3 Dinosaurs – Let them create their own space scene with this easy craft. (Add glow in the dark splatters for extra “stars”).
Minions Paper Plates from Glue Sticks and Gumdrops – Make Bob, Dave, or any of the Minions with this easy to make paper plate craft! Put them on sticks for extra play.
Paper Plate Lions from Kid Activities – Pair these with books/movies like The Wizard of Oz!
Paper Plate Dinos from I Heart Crafty Things – These little dinos have a texture on them and a cool video to watch on how to create them! You can get most of these supplies at your local dollar store!
Rainbow Paper Plate and Felt Craft from The Homespun Hydrangea – Combine two craft mediums (paper plates and felt) and create something so colorful the kids will want to hang them all over!
Paper Plate Animal Masks from Crafts 4 Toddlers – Easy to make masks the kids can create their own roleplay stories with. These masks DO NOT tie on their faces so they are a bit safer.
Paper Plate Caddy Organizer from Molly Moo Crafts – These cute little organizers are easy to make but this one is targeted for kids a little older.
Paper Plate Penguins from Our Kid Things – Perfect for colder weather or prepping the kids for a trip to the zoo. These adorable little guys can be made with supplies from your local dollar store and let the kids use whatever colors they’d like to decorate their penguins earmuffs!
Easy Paper Plate Unicorn from The Inspiration Edit – The popular unicorn face can be made on regular paper plates! Use the free template to make these up ahead of time and let the kids just glue (perfect for birthday party activities!)
Easter Egg Paper Plates from Homeschool Preschool – This easy craft lets the kids practice their pincer grip while they thread the yarn. (Great craft to use scraps of yarn for)