Need a quick and easy activity for the kids but don’t want to make a huge mess? These super fun paper plate crafts are the perfect little DIY to entertain them without having to break out a bunch of craft supplies. Plus, in the spring and summer months, I’m sure you have some extra paper plates that you can put to use! I found a nice collection of tutorials with everything from a rainbow craft to a STEM marble race activity. So no matter what kids of craft you’re looking for… you’ll find the perfect one below!
Here are the ones I found:
Shark Paper Plate Craft For Kids
Source: The Relaxed Homeschool
Are you looking to bring some creativity into your children’s life? If so, this paper plate craft is the right for you! This tutorial shows you how to create a shark out of a paper plate in some very easy steps. Watch your children enjoy their scary and cute shark. Have fun with it!
Paper Plate Growing Flower Craft
Source: I Heart Crafty Things
Bring springtime into your home with this amazing craft tutorial. Take out those paper plates you’ve been saving and let your kids show off their art skills with some really simple tools! This tutorial shows you how to create a growing flower out of paper plates. How cute?!
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Summer Camping Paper Craft Tutorial
Source: Non-Toy Gifts
Paper plate crafts are a great way to show your kids some ‘alternative’ arts instead of the typical drawing and coloring. With this tutorial, they can create a camping site right there on their plate. It even has a tent! Best craft ever!
Easy Paper Plate Minion Craft
Source: Kids Activities Blog
When kids see “Despicable Me”, most of them get instantly obsessed with minions. This fun little craft is a genius way to avoid buying a bunch of minion-themed toys. Have them do all the work and show off their cute googly-eyed minion! They can even invent games to play with them afterward!
Sheep Craft With Paper Plates
Source: Simple Everyday Mom
All children love sheep… they’re cute and soft! What’s not to love? Help your little ones make a little sheep with this awesome step by step tutorial. This example is suitable even for kindergarteners, with parent supervision. Cute home-made sheep? Yes, please!
Paper Plate Dinosaur Craft
Source: Made To Be A Momma
Most kids go through that dinosaur phase and this is the most suitable paper plate craft for those kids. In six easy steps, your kids will have some new dinosaurs to play with and they can be as colorful as your kids want. UH-mazing!
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Hot Air Balloon Craft For Kids
Source: Our Kid Things
Have your kiddos take an imaginary hot air balloon ride with this super creative activity! All you’ll need are some paper plates, straws, scissors, hot glue, and decorations of your choice. No need to be scared of heights with this cute art project!
Paper Rainbow Craft For Toddlers and Preschoolers
Source: Messy Little Monster
Rainbows and paper plates? The recipe for a fun-filled afternoon. This paper plate craft will result in a gorgeous rainbow peeking through those clouds. You probably have all the supplies right at home. Let’s do it!
How to Make a Paper Ladybug
Source: Fireflies & Mud Pies
Are you looking for some activities to keep your kids busy and creative? Well, this paper plate craft is perfect for that. In six easy steps, your kids will create a cute paper-plate ladybug, with some minor help from you. Wait for the glue to dry and it’s ready!
Easter Bunny Paper Plate Craft
Source: Mommy Made That
Easter bunnies are the cutest things ever! Save this flawless bunny craft for next Easter. This one has flowers on its head and some adorable eyelashes! The tutorial is quite easy but fun enough for children of all ages. Take that afternoon off and enjoy some family time!
Summer Ice Cream Craft
Source: Easy Peasy and Fun
All children love ice cream, but if yours have had their share for today, this super fun summer time craft is for you. Cut out that ice cream and have your children draw, stick, color, or glue their favorite flavor to it! Such a delicious tutorial!
Yarn Woven Bowl Tutorial
Source: Happy Hooligans
If you want to find a nice place for your kids to keep their little trinkets, this DIY is perfect. Who knew a paper plate could get so practical? Have your kids weave some yarn and turn it into a colorful bowl. They can even choose the colors they use for their bowl! Fun!
4th of July Paper Craft
Source: Crafts By Ria
Show how proud you are on the 4th of July, of both your country and your kiddos, with this amazing craft. In just five steps, you can have a colorful wreath, decorated with stars, hanging on your front door. It’s the perfect DIY project for your kids!
Paper Plate Marble Maze STEM Challenge
Source: Buggy & Buddy
Bring some STEM activities into your home through this fun and educational craft tutorial. It’s a small engineering activity in which your kids will create a marble maze. Let them create all the paths they want, for the marbles. Enjoy!
Colorful Painted Paper Plate Vases
Source: Kitchen Table Classroom
A paper plate vase? Yes, please! This paper plate craft doesn’t hold water, but does it even matter if your sweet kiddos took their time to decorate it and create it? They can paint it as colorful as they want! Put the vase on a shelf and show off!
Paper Fan Watermelon Craft
Source: The Kindergarten Connection
This summer your kids will love this easy but super fun activity. The tutorial shows you how your kids can create a watermelon fan, to cool down during those hot summer days. Paint it, fold it, glue a stick, and voila – a watermelon!
Valentine Heart Paper Plate Wreath Craft
Source: Glitter On A Dime
February is indeed the month of love, but Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be the only reason you and your kiddos create a wonderful Valentine’s day wreath. This paper plate craft tutorial will show you just how to do that. Show your love and create some more love!
Summer Sun Paper Craft Puppet
Source: The Inspiration Edit
Get ready for summer with this fun paper plate art project. This sun can be used in several ways after your kiddos are done making it. You probably have most of the supplies home and you’ll need to help your kids with some of the cutting, but everything else is on them! Have fun with it!
Star Wars Paper Craft Tutorial
Source: Attachment Mummy
If you’re the biggest Star Wars fan and you’ve turned your kids into fans aswell… then this craft project is perfect for them. Now, they can have their very own BB-8 droid and it won’t cost you an arm and a leg. Some cutting and sticking later, they have a toy to play with!
Paper Plate Mask
Source: The Crafting Chicks
All children love acting, dancing, and singing. Well, now they can make their own mask to match perform in. With six simple steps, your little ones can have their very own customized masks and be ready for their performance. Enjoy the show!
Captain America Paper Plate Shield
Source: Crafts On Sea
All children love superheroes and this tutorial is dedicated to that. With this DIY project, you can create a paper-plate Captain America shield. You probably have all the supplies right at home, so get down to work and turn your child into the next best superhero!
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St Patrick’s Day Wreath
Source: Non-Toy Gifts
Be nice and prepared next time St. Patrick’s Day comes knocking with this colorful craft. This wreath has it all… a shamrock, a rainbow and a pot of gold. Follow the steps to make a bright and beautiful wreath, then hang it on your front door!
Paper Plate Poke Ball Craft
Source: Little Bins for Little Hands
Pokemon lovers, this one is for you! With this simple paper plate pokeball craft, your kids can make their very own! Take the afternoon off, get down to work, and they’ll love making this simple pokemon decorations!
DIY Ring Toss Game
Source: Kid Friendly Things To Do
With this one, you can create a ring toss game that your kids will be playing with, for hours. Cut out some holes in those paper plates and you’ll have a game to play in no time! What a perfect activity to play with out in the backyard this summer!
Paper Plate Pizza Fractions
Source: The Imagination Tree
Fractions can be difficult for kids but they’ll enjoy learning them with this fun craft tutorial. Create some pizza fractions and enjoy seeing just how easily your kiddos understand fractions! Eating pizza and learning with pizza is the best!
Back To School Bus Paper Plate Craft
Source: Surviving A Teacher’s Salary
With this school themed craft, your kiddos can be driving around their school bus that they must miss so much. Get down to cutting out those wheels and put the school bus together. Your kids will have a toy in no time!
Paper Llama Craft Tutorial
Source: Handmade Charlotte
Llamas are just the cutest animals and this paper plate craft helps you show your love for them. After four easy steps (and some cutting and painting), you will end up with the cutest llama ever! Help your children customize and paint their llama the way they want. The turn out is amazing!
Dream Catcher Craft Tutorial
Source: The Suburban Mom
If you love dream catchers and have been seeing them all over social media, this DIY project is for you. Help your kiddos create a dream catcher and hang it above their beds. The best thing about this one is that they can paint it and decorate it any way they want!
Paper Plate Donut Craft for Kids
Source: Happy Hooligans
Donuts aren’t just delicious but also a fun way to bring creativity in your children’s life. This simple DIY project will have your children excited about getting creative. Let them paint and decorate their donut anyway they want. You can even cut out a part to make it look like the donut’s been bitten!
Rainbow Yarn Art
Source: Sugar, Spice and Glitter
There is no limit to what you can do with a simple paper plate! This tutorial just shows how true that is. In a couple of hours, your kids can make beautiful rainbow yarn art. You can hang this on your wall or use it as a coaster. How fun!
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Painted Flower Craft For Kids
Source: Pink Stripey Socks
With a blank piece of paper… plate, you can get as creative as you want! This one scores high on the ‘creativity’ scale. It shows you how to create a layered flower and make it hyper colorful. The final result is just magical!
Paper Plate Snail Craft
Source: The Best Ideas For Kids
Snails might be slow, but your time will fly quickly with this extra paper snail craft. In six simple steps, your kiddos will have the cutest, goofiest snail in the world! Get as creative as you want!
Emoji Halloween Paper Plate Crafts
Source: About a Mom
Halloween emojis? Well, that just sounds perfect! Combine that with some left over paper plates and you have a fun-filled afternoon with your kiddos. This tutorial shows you how to create different emojis and decorate them. Get spooooky!
Paper Penguin Craft Tutorial
Source: Our Potluck Family
For some reason, paper plate crafts always look cute and penguins are even cuter. This DIY project shows you how to combine those two and enjoy watching your kids get crafty. The supplies you’ll need are simple and you probably them in your craft bins. So, you can get down to work and have fun!
Simple Rainy Day Craft
Source: The Chirping Moms
If your kids are stuck at home on a rainy day, this is the perfect activity! This DIY project shows you how you can make four different instruments with paper plates. Let your kiddos choose their instrument (tambourine, maraca, drum, or a bongo drum) and enjoy the performance afterward!
Paper Plate Targets
Source: All for the Boys
Keep your kids busy for days with this bow-and-arrow game. All you need is a rubber bracelet for that bow and some paper plates to serve as targets. Put some points on those paper plates and play all day long!
Paper Fish Preschool Craft
Source: Hunny I’m Home
If the sea seems far this summer, bring it home with this paper plate craft tutorial. This project isn’t only incredibly easy to make but it also needs things you probably have laying around! Your kids can customize their paper fish as much as they want. How convenient and fun!
Seahorse Paper Craft Activity
Source: Must Have Mom
Ocean life is impressive. So many colors and variety. But why wait for the summer to see the ocean and its wonders when you can show it to your child with this wonderful seahorse craft! Break out the paint, glue, paper plates and have an ocean-themed afternoon with your kid!
Hatching Chicks Paper Craft
Source: Frugal Fun 4 Boys
If your kids love all sorts of baby animals, then this super cute craft tutorial right up your alley. Have them create a chick ‘hatching’ an egg with a few supplies that won’t break the bank! This ‘egg’ can open and close! How perfect!