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Paper Plate Cow Craft

If you’re searching for a fun and cute farm themed craft for kids, this paper plate cow craft is perfect!

We love paper plate crafts and this cow is so easy to make.

It’s a simple kids’ craft that only uses common household craft supplies like paint, paper, glue, and disposable paper plates.

This means there’s no planning ahead and it’s cheap to make. It’s great for doing with the kids at home or in the classroom.

Download our free printable template and make this cute cow with toddlers, preschool and kindergarten children.

Watch our quick video tutorial or read our step by step direction to learn how.

Easy Cow Craft For Kids

Paper plate cow image collage with the words “paper plate cow craft” in the middle

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Download the free cow template, print and cut out the pieces.

Hand holding cow template

Paint some wavy black spots on the white paper plate. These will be the cow’s spots. We chose to make two large spots, but feel free to encourage your child to do whatever they would like to. Let the paper plate dry completely.

Hand painting white paper plate black

While the paper plate is drying, finish the cow’s nose by drawing the nostrils and mouth on the pink oval.

Hand drawing nostrils on pink paper with dark pink marker

Take the eyes and glue them to the top, middle of the paper plate. Place the completed nose beneath the eyes and glue down.

Hand gluing eye to paper plate
Hand gluing mouth/nose to paper plate cow

Place the ear behind the horn and glue together. Repeat this for both sides. Once you’re done with that, tape the ear/horn combo to the top, back of the paper plate.

Hands gluing horn to cow ear
Hands gluing horn/ear to back of paper plate cow

We’ve found that it’s easiest to use tape on the rounded parts of the paper plate, but you could also use liquid glue or a glue stick. Just make sure you use enough and allow it to dry before handling.

Take a black marker and draw an outline around the cow’s eyes.

Hands drawing black outline around cow’s eyes

Isn’t this cow craft so cute and simple?

two paper plate cows

Did your kids love this easy paper plate cow? If so, they’ll love making this paper plate pig or this paper plate horse.

Craft them all up in one day or make one each week to create your favorite farm animal friends.

paper plate cow craft

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Two paper plate cows

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Paper Plate Cow Craft

Paper Plate Cow Craft

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 10 minutes
Drying Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

This easy paper plate cow craft is a fun farm animal activity kids will love.


  • Paper plates
  • Black paint
  • Colored card stock (in pink and tan)
  • Pink marker
  • Glue stick
  • Tape
  • Cow template (download form located at the end of this page)


  • Scissors
  • Paintbrush


  1. Download the cow template, print and cut out the pieces.
  2. Paint on a few wavy black spots for the cow using the black paint. Let dry completely.
  3. Use the pink marker to draw the nostrils and mouth on the pink oval.
  4. Glue the eyes towards the top of the paper plate.
  5. Glue the completed nose just beneath the eyes.
  6. Place the ears just behind the horn and glue together. Repeat on the other side.
  7. Glue or tape the ear/horn combo to the top of the paper plate, with one on each side.
  8. Use a black marker to draw an outline around each cow's eye.

Did you make this craft?

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Free Cow Template

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Tuesday 1st of August 2023

I cannot find the template to download. There is no form anywhere that asks for my email address. I have subscribed to your site, but it does not bring me to a download page or anything.


Wednesday 2nd of August 2023

I’m so sorry! My site was updated yesterday and there was a conflict that didn’t allow the form to show. But, it has been fixed now so you can try again. Thanks so much for your patience!


Thursday 11th of May 2023

I love this... Cute craft for preschool age🐄


Friday 12th of May 2023

Thanks ◡̈

Pam Perkins

Sunday 30th of April 2023

This cow project looks like fun! Please send the free cow template. Thanks so much!


Monday 1st of May 2023

Once you become 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 30th of March 2023

Will try this one too.


Thursday 30th of March 2023



Thursday 1st of July 2021

I love this


Thursday 1st of July 2021

Thanks! So glad to hear that!

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