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Paper Plate Dog Craft For Kids [Free Template]

Kids love dogs so why not gather the craft supplies and make this adorable and easy paper plate dog craft?

This simple craft is perfect for kids who are doing a pet unit study, who need a D is for Dog craft, or just for plain ‘ol fun!

We’ve included a printable template for you to download so you have all the pieces necessary to make this dog project.

And, if your kids love paper plate crafts, be sure to check out all our easy paper plate crafts here.

Check out our directions or watch our quick video tutorial to see how we made out paper plate dog.

Dog Craft For Kids

collage of two paper plate dog craft pictures with the words "cute dog kids craft" in the middle

Supplies

  • Paper plates
  • Paint (in gray, black, brown, orange etc.)
  • White cardstock
  • Colored cardstock (pink and black)
  • Paintbrush
  • Black marker (optional)
  • Tape
  • Dog template (download form located at the end of this post)

Related: Pet Pattern Block Mats

Directions

Download the dog template, print and cut out the pieces.

hands holding paper plate dog craft template

Take your paper plate and paint it to resemble a dog.

You can paint like we did, with the paint around the eyes or any way you want. Paint the entire face one color, add spots or however your child wants. If you want a specific look, draw it on with a pencil first, then fill it in with paint.

Paint another paper plate the same shade you did for the face. This second paper plate will be for the dog’s ears. Once the paint has dried, use the outer ear dog template to cut out the ears.

hands painting parts of paper plate gray

Glue the eyes on the paper plate. If you want to add a little more dimension, use the black marker to draw a black curved line under each of the eyes.

hands gluing eyes onto gray parts of paper plate

Glue the nose between and just slightly below the eyes. Use the black marker to draw on the muzzle and mouth.

hands gluing nose to center of paper plate
hands drawing on mouth with black marker

Create the ears by gluing the pink inner ear to the outer ear. Repeat for both ears.

hands gluing on pink inner ear to gray outer ear

Use some double sided tape or make a loop with regular tape and place it on the bottom of the completed ears. Position the ears at the top of the dog face paper plate and push it on to secure it.

Flip the paper plate over and add some tape on the back as well to securely hold the ears in place. You can also use glue if you’d like, but we’ve found tape to be the best answer when securing pieces to the ridges of a paper plate.

hands gluing completed ears to back of paper plate dog craft

If you do use glue, be sure to use enough and let it dry fully before handling.

closeup of brown paper plate dog craft with gray paper plate dog craft in background
gray paper plate dog craft on marble background with blue fabric

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We love seeing how your crafts turn out!

If you make this dog craft at home or in your classroom, we’d love to see you share it to our Facebook page.

gray paper plate dog craft with brown paper plate dog craft stacked slightly on top

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Paper Plate Dog Craft

See how easy it is to make this cute paper plate dog craft! It's great for preschool, kindergarten and elementary children.

Materials

  • Paper plates
  • Paint (in gray, black, brown, orange etc.)
  • White cardstock
  • Colored cardstock (pink and black)
  • Black marker (optional)
  • Tape
  • Dog template (download form located at the end of this post)

Tools

  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors

Instructions

  1. Download the dog template, print and cut out the pieces. Take your paper plate and paint it to resemble a dog.
  2. Paint another paper plate the same shade you did for the face. This second paper plate will be for the dog's ears. Once the paint has dried, use the outer ear dog template to cut out the ears.
  3. Glue the eyes on the paper plate. If you want to add a little more dimension, use the black marker to draw a black curved line under each of the eyes.
  4. Glue the nose between and just slightly below the eyes. Use the black marker to draw on the muzzle and mouth.
  5. Create the ears by gluing the pink inner ear to the outer ear. Repeat for both ears.
  6. Use some double sided tape or make a loop with regular tape and place it on the bottom of the completed ears. Position the ears at the top of the dog face paper plate and push it on to secure it.
  7. Flip the paper plate over and add some tape on the back as well to securely hold the ears in place.

Free Dog Template

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