Plate it up: 15 craft projects to make with paper plates

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Paper plate craft ideas to make with the kids

Do you have a bunch of paper plates left over from the last BBQ? Did you realise you are sitting on a crafting gold mine? There are so many different projects to keep budding artists creating for hours with paper plates. Get yourself inspired with our list of the 15 greatest paper plate craft ideas.

S-s-s-s-slippery S-s-s-s-s-snake


This one is so easy you will wonder why you didn’t think of it yourself. Paint a paper plate and cut it in a spiral and you have yourself a snake. Kid-play-do made this glittery green reptile and you can find instructions on making a lion too.

Organise it!


Is their too much rosey-cheek goodness in this little paper plate organiser? We think not! Pop over to MollyMoo for all the instructions to make your own.

Pot of Gold

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No more chasing a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow – you can make one. I Heart Crafty Things uses one half of the plate for the pot and the other for the rainbow. A good one to keep up your sleeve for a rainy day.

Just keep swimming


This is by far the easiest paper craft there ever was. Cut a triangle out of a paper plate, turn it around and attach it to the other side and you have a fish! Dana Made it has used coloured paper plates to mix up the fish but you could paint any plates you have lying around.

Pretty Lanterns

How to make lanterns out of paper plates

For an in-expensive party decoration try making these paper plate lanterns. You are my Fav has used fabric dye to make these lanterns have a vibrant colour but you could use food colouring or let the kids paint them.

Fruit salad yummy yummy

How to make fruit out of paper plates

Crafts by Amanda has come up with a craft which is good enough to eat! Whether you want to squeeze out a lemon or cut up a watermelon this activity should be definitely done while eating fruit.


PP-roar mask

There is always a day-after birthday party slum. Keep everyone happy with a craft project using left over party supplies. Use the cups for the nose, straws for the whiskers and when you cut out the eyes they become ears. Take a look at Sweet Lulu for instructions.

I crown you princess of the plates


This would be a fabulous party activity for pretty little Princesses. Just paper plates cut in the middle and decorate with paper and stickers to make a crown. Kid-play-do has used crafting scissors to make the jagged edge but you could use regular scissors.

Toss it

How to make a toss game out of paper plates

The best craft projects are the ones that keep the kids entertained for a LONG time. And this is one of them. We found this idea over at Fun With Two and you can get the kids making and then playing their very own ring toss. Meaning plenty of mum time for you.

Party Time


If you are as Watermelon obsessed as us you will love this DIY from Oh Happy Day. Turning a paper plate into a watermelon party favour bag filled with lollies and toys to grab as you leave. Such a simple idea with loads of impact.

Big Blue Whale 


If the kids are into all things fishy why not try this big blue whale. Instructions can be found at In the Playroom and with just one paper plate, blue paper and a bit of paint and you’re done.

Put a heart on it

Hoe to make hats from paper plates heart shaped

We all know our little munchkins have a big heart and with this craft idea from Alpha Mom the whole world will know. She turns paper plates into hearts, stars, bat wings and the bunny ears – keep that up your sleeve for next years Easter hat parade.

One for Mum


This one is less about kids and more about Mums. Dress up your berries for outings with a cute little berry box. This heart of mine has used paint and string to make box to display berries. Will definitely add a ‘wow’ factor to play dates and picnics in the park.

Space flyer


Fly into space with this spaceship by from Craft by Amanda. Just a little bit snazzy with all those jewels or  you could keep it easy and use stickers either way the kids will love it.

Jiggling Jellyfish


While these are technically paper bowls….we figured they were too cute to leave out. The Consortium Early Years have made this easy with a full video on how to make these gorgeous creatures. Anyone for an undersea party?

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