I put together a list of paper plate crafts for kids that are sure to entertain in classrooms or at home and bonus– reinforce the alphabet and fine motor skills! There is at least one paper plate craft for each letter of the alphabet! It’s a crafty win- win.
60 Paper Plate Crafts for Kids
I am convinced that you can turn a paper plate into anything! This list includes animals (beaver, crab, dinosaur), food (tacos and pizza), and holidays (Chrsitmas tree, menorah, shamrock). Paper plates are the perfect craft for toddlers to older kids. Better yet, have the school aged kids help preschoolers with paper plate crafts this summer! If you’re looking for more alphabet crafts made with everyday things, check out these A-Z toilet paper tube crafts.
Letter A-B paper plate crafts
Grab paper plates, glue sticks, and googly eyes and get ready to make cute, easy crafts for kids of all ages!
Tear small pieces of red construction paper and cover the paper plate. Don’t forget a stem and leaf! See the full paper plate apple tutorial at Ramblings of Crazy Lady.
Turn a blue paper plate into an under water ocean paradise with sand, shells, glitter, tissue paper, and felt! All of the details at The Imagination Tree. These paper plate fishbowls are so cute!
Turn a paper plate and a craft stick into an awesome banjo! Details at Glued to My Crafts.
Turn a simple white paper plate and a peice of washi tape into an a basket! Get the full tutorial at Sarah Hearts.
Turn two paper plates and brads into bats with movable wings. See the full tutorial at Crafty Journal.
This paper plate beaver can double has a ground hog! Use toothpicks or straws as whiskers. Find more at I heart crafty things.
7. Bumble Bee
I love the idea to use wax paper as the bees wings! See more at Preschool crafts.
Fold a paper plate in half and cut a small slit in the top of the folded paper plate. Use this small slit to create a wings for your bird.
Letter C- D paper plate crafts
Use empty tp tubes and tissue paper to make paper plate campfires. More at 1+1+1=1.
Turn two paper plates into a black cat perfect for Halloween. Find more at Easy Peasy and Fun.
Here’s a simple way to make a moveable clock and help kids understand an analog clock. Find out more from the Spruce Crafts.
Crafts by Amanda turned a paper plate into a silly clown puppet with pom poms and construction paper.
13. Christmas Tree
Turn 2 paper plates and am empty paper towel roll into a standing Christmas tree. Idea via A Little Learning.
Turn a single paper plate into a dinosaur with this easy pattern.
Make a duck or make an entire pond of paper plate crafts with this easy tutorial from Jennwa.
The Letter E- F paper plate crafts
Use paint and tissue paper to make a paper plate Earth. Via Preschool crafts for kids.
My kids love Piggie and Elephant and Gerald looks adoarble as a paper plate. Via No Time for Flash Cards.
18. Fish paper plate
Make fish scales out of whatever you have on hand or even try cutting the paper plate like a snowflake to make a variety of scale shapes.
Turn a paper plate into a tree frog complete with a catch on his tongue!
Letter G- L paper plate crafts
21. Goose paper plate
Turn a paper plate into a goose with scissors and feathers. If you don’t have feathers on hand, have the kids make feathers out of white paper.
Turn a paper plate into a hat for nay holiday with these tutorials from Alpha Mom.
Make a winter scene with potato print penguins and a paper plate igloo from Artsy Craftsy Mom.
The kangaroo paper plate craft is a full on costume complete with a few fun facts about marsupials. Did you know that all marsupial babies are called joeys? There is also a tutorial for a koala paper plate on Mother Natured.
Use tissue paper or paint to make a lady bug paper plate craft. Via Glued to my crafts.
For the full paper plate lion tutorial check out Happy Hooligans.
Letter M & N paper plate crafts
27. Mardi Gras Mask
Make simple Mardi Gras masks out of paper plates, feathers, and paint. Via Mom to Posh Little Divas.
Use construction paper to collage a monkey plate plate craft with your preschool class. Via Rainy Day Mom.
Cut the center out of a paper plate to use as the base for a monster paper plate craft. Add teeth, horns, eyes, and hair. Via There’s Just one Mommy.
Via Off the Shelf.
Use toilet paper and a paper plate to make a mummy paper plate craft for Halloween.
Kids will love making a birds nest out of treasures from a nature walk and a paper plate. Via Tots Crafts.
The Letter O paper plate crafts
Artsy Craftsy Mom used bubble wrap as the tentacles for this octopus paper plate craft. Use different colors of paint to make this octopus into a rainbow craft!
Turn a single paper plate into an adorable owl by folding the plate. Add feathers with cereal boxes, construction paper, paint or markers!
Crafty Crafted folded a paper plate in half and add a cotton ball oyster! Cute!
The Letter P paper plate crafts
We love the Mo Willems book Don’t Let the Pigeon Drives the Bus, so making a paper plate pigeon costume was a must.
If you have a pizza lover on your hands, don’t miss out on this paper plate pizza purse!
38. Polar bear paper plate
We made shaving cream paint to make these polar bear paper plate crafts.
Artsy Mama made adorable paper plate peacocks with half a paper plate and a tp tube.
No Time for Flashcards used an egg carton to create ears and snout for her paper plate pig.
I Heart Crafty Things used 2 paper plates to create a pirate complete with an eye patch and binder ring earring.
Letter Q & R paper plate crafts
42. Queen’s crown
4 Crafy Kings whipped up these cute paper plate crowns perfect for little Kings and Queens.
You won’t be disappointed with Crafty Morning’s paper plate rhinoceros.
44. Ring Toss Game
Turn paper plates into a toy with a rainbow ring toss from A Little Learning for Two.
The Letter S paper plate crafts
Arty Crafty Kids crafted up Santa Claus out of a paper plate, cotton balls, and paint.
Almost Uncshoolers made the coolest paper plate shark complete with a large mouth to catch
Housing a Forest crafted a paper plate sheep using shredded paper.
Pick up Some Creativity created a paper plate skeleton with twine, paper plates, and a hole punch. What a great way to learn about bones.
49. Spider Web
Juggling with Kids turned a paper plate into a spider web by cutting out the center of the plate and using a hole punch to string the web.
First Palette created this cute paper plate starfish craft with paint and scissors.
Letter T paper plate crafts
If your kids love the book Dragons Love Tacos, whip up some paper plate tacos with no spicy salsa for the next party!
No Time for Flashcards used paint and construction paper for cute a fun take on a tiger craft.
53. Tribal Mask
Make a paper plate mask with scissors, markers, and construction paper. It’s also fun to note, you can turn almost any animal paper plate into a mask by cutting out eye holes!
Make a turtle noise maker with 2 paper plates and a few beans!
Letter U- Z paper plate crafts
Watermelon is not on this list but would be a cute and easy paper plate craft too!
Woo Jr crafted up a UFO paper plate craft complete with an alien inside a plastic cup!
Ramblings of a Crazy Women made a paper plate umbrella and rain mobile.
57. Venus fly trap
Almost Unschoolers made a paper plate venus flytrap complete with pom pom flies!
The Resourceful Mama made holiday wreaths with child handprints and tissue paper.
I Heart Crafty Things created the cutest walrus kid craft I’ve ever seen!
East Coast Mommy made a paper plate zebra mask complete with a button nose.