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30+ Cute Paper Plate Crafts For Kids

Whenever you’re stuck for an indoor activity to keep the kids happy and engaged, these paper plate crafts for kids will come to the rescue!

Frugal crafting materials like paper plates are a mom’s best friend. There’s no need for expensive crafting supplies when paper plates are so versatile.

Paper plates are a staple in our crafting closet, and after looking at this list, they’ll become a staple in yours as well. There are so many fun things that you can make with them by cutting, adding some paint, or covering with colored paper.

You can turn anything you dream up into a paper plate craft.

Unicorns? Check.

Pretty pink pigs? Yep.

Disney crafts for the kids? You bet!

And paper plate crafts can be adapted to fit any age group. Here, you’ll find some crafts that are simple enough for toddlers to do, but engaging enough to delight preschoolers and older children as well.

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Easy Paper Plate Crafts

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Calling all Disney fans! This Minnie & Mickey paper plate mouse craft is super simple thanks to our free printable. 

Make them when you’re missing Disneyland or whenever you need a little more Disney in your life! 

Need a sweet autumn craft to make with the kids? These paper plate hedgehogs are perfect! Download the free template and make it with preschool and kindergarten children.

Does anything say summer quite like this super bright and colorful paper plate fish craft?!

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This cute paper plate dog craft is fun for kids to make, plus it uses cheap supplies so you don’t have to worry about costs! 

This paper plate apple craft is a fun fall or back to school craft for kids to make! Snag our free printable template and make it with preschool, prek, and kinder children. 

This paper plate scarecrow craft is perfect for kids. It’s easy to do and you can customize it in any way your child wants. All you need are a few paper supplies and our free printable template!

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We love how simple and cute these paper plate roosters look! Make them at home, school, or daycare.

Have your child make their own boy or girl fox with our simple paper plate fox craft tutorial! 

Toy Story 4 fans will want to make their own paper plate Forky to proudly display on the refrigerator door! 

Make this adorable llama paper plate craft with the kids when you’re learning about farm animals!

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If you’re searching for a pet-themed craft for the kids to make at home or in the classroom, this cute paper plate cat craft is perfect!  Make either breed of cats or create something entirely new! 

Need more Disney in your life? Make this cute paper plate Baby Yoda craft!

These bright and cheery paper plate unicorns are such a colorful and fun craft project for kids! 

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Welcome summer with this cute and super easy paper plate sun craft! It’s great for toddlers and preschool children. 

Argh, mateys! Boys be havin’ a blast making their own paper plate pirate craft! Get yer free template today! 

Do your kids love rabbits? If so, they have to make these adorable paper plate bunnies! Download the free template and make it for spring or Easter! 

If your kids love all things Curious George, they’ll love making these paper plate monkeys!

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Working on a farm animal unit with your preschooler? This paper plate cow craft is perfect for little hands! 

These colorful and sparkly paper plate butterflies are fun craft for kids that’s perfect for spring! 

This cute Dr. Seuss paper plate fish craft from the classic book, The Cat in the Hat is super simple and stunning too! 

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What could be cuter than a penguin? They’re the perfect winter craft inspiration, which is great for those snowy days when you can’t get outside with the kids. 

This penguin paper plate craft is a great addition to a penguin-themed unit study, too.

This adorable sheep paper plate makes the perfect Easter or springtime craft for preschool and elementary children. 

Break out the paint and make your favorite farm animal of all time, the horse! Little girls will especially love making this paper plate horse craft

Monsters aren’t just for Halloween! These adorable paper plate monster crafts are not at all scary, and they’re so fun to make and play with. You could also add a craft stick on the bottom and let the kids hold them up to their faces as masks.

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Make this paper plate pig craft as part of a farm unit or just for fun! It’s the perfect craft to accompany pig-themed books like The Three Little Pigs or any of the Elephant and Piggie books. 

Boys who love all things zombie will certainly want to create this paper plate zombie craft.

This hatching chick paper plate craft is the epitome of spring! Download the free template and make it with the kids today! 

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These happy little paper plate bees are the perfect springtime project to do with a preschool, PreK or kindergarten child! 

This snowman paper plate craft for kids is a simple and cheery way to craft in the winter! 

When Halloween rolls around, make this cute and simple paper plate bat craft!

Calling all Star Wars fans! This DIY Death Star paper plate craft will help little ones work on fine motor skills. 

This paper plate seahorse craft pairs with the Over in the Ocean book, but it’s also a wonderful activity for an ocean animal unit. The seahorse is such an interesting creature; kids love to learn about them. 

Don’t worry if you think you can’t get the cuts quite right, we have a printable template that makes it easy as pie. Phew, with so many options you’ll have a hard time just picking one!

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Matthew Langford

Tuesday 6th of December 2022

Is there a free template for paper plate monkey's?


Tuesday 6th of December 2022

Yes and since you’re already an email subscriber, all you need to do is enter your email in the form at the end of any post and it’ll automatically redirect you to the download page ?


Thursday 22nd of July 2021

I love all the things that you make. You are truly talented. Thank you.

Bettina Galas

Wednesday 11th of March 2020

ID Like to get these plate crafts. I am teaching summer school.

Sam T

Wednesday 11th of March 2020

Sure! If you go to the ones you want, then enter your email in the form at the end, the template will be sent to you :)

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