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Paper Plate Horse Craft For Kids [Free Template]

Horses are one of kids’ favorite animals! If your child loves horses, they’re going to want to make this paper plate horse craft!

It’s super simple to make and it combines painting and crafting. We’ve even included a free printable template to make it easier!

This craft is suitable for doing at home or in the classroom with preschoolers, kindergarten and elementary children.

Check out our step by step directions or watch our quick video tutorial to learn how to make this cute horse craft.

And be sure to look at all of our fun farm animal crafts for kids!

Horse Craft For Kids

Collage of paper plate horse images with the words “paper plate horse” in the middle

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

Paint your paper plate in a thin coat of brown paint and let dry completely. In our example, we used dark brown paint, but you can try black, light brown, white or cream colored.

Hand painting white paper plate brown

As a side note, we painted two paper plates brown instead of one. The second one we used to cut out the horse’s ears from. If you don’t want to paint 2 paper plates, you can choose to use the same colored card stock or construction paper instead.

Additionally, if you don’t want to deal with the mess that comes with painting you can skip it and use brown paper plates instead.

Take the two large eyes and glue them towards the top of the paper plate. Use the brown marker to draw on the nostrils and mouth on the cream muzzle.

Hand gluing eye to brown paper plate
Hand drawing on nostrils on cream paper

Glue this piece just beneath the eyes, in the middle of the paper plate.

Hand gluing nose/mouth of horse on paper plate

Position the horse’s mane at the top of the paper plate and glue or tape it down. We’ve found tape works the best on painted paper plates.

Hands gluing on black mane to paper plate horse

Cut out the horse’s ears from the second paper plate or brown construction paper and tape them to the back of the paper plate.

Hands taping ears to back of paper plate horse

Do you want to keep your kids entertained all year long with fun animal crafts? We’ve got you covered! Our animal craft book has 52 weeks of unique & adorable animal crafts for kids. Watch your child’s creativity blossom as they improve fine motor skills!

Related: Paper Plate Pig Craft

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Farm Animal Study Unit Ideas

That’s all there is to it! This horse craft goes along great when learning about farm animals.

In fact, you can make a week-long study of farm animals with our easy activities! It’s a great idea if you’re doing homeschool preschool or to keep the younger kids entertained and learning during summer break.

Here are a few resources to get your planning started!

dark brown horse paper plate

First, you can check out some of kids’ favorite farm animal books from the library. Choose one, two, or all of them depending on how much your kids like storytime!

After that why not try these farm animal worksheets for kids? Inside this bundle, there’s a matching game, handwriting practice, counting, and more.

two paper plate horses

Once you’re done with those get hands-on with this farm-themed small world play. It’s easy to grab your kids’ farm animal toys and get started.

Another day, keep the kids entertained with these free printable farm animal coloring pages.

Finish it off with this paper plate horse craft and you’re all set!

Light brown paper plate horse

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Paper Plate Horse Craft

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 15 minutes
Drying Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Make this cute and simple paper plate horse craft with the kids! It's perfect for farm animal themed units.


  • Paper plates
  • Brown paint
  • White card stock
  • Colored card stock (in cream, light brown or black)
  • Glue stick
  • Brown marker
  • Horse template (download form located at the end of this post)


  • Scissors
  • Paintbrush


  1. Download the free horse template, print and cut out the pieces.
  2. Paint two paper plates with a thin coat of brown paint. Let dry completely.
  3. Glue the two eyes towards the top of the paper plate.
  4. Use the brown marker to draw on the horse's nostrils and mouth on the cream muzzle.
  5. Place the muzzle in the center of the paper plate, just below the eyes and glue in place.
  6. Tape the horse's mane to the top of the paper plate, on top of the eyes.
  7. Cut out the horse's ears from the second paper plate, then tape them to the back of the paper plate, near the mane.

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Free Horse Template

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Sunday 17th of March 2024

Love your simple and effective craft ideas my classroom looks so colourful thanks to your designs. Thank you for sharing.


Friday 22nd of March 2024

Aw, thanks! I'm so glad you are able to use them!


Sunday 18th of June 2023

please send me the template!


Monday 19th of June 2023

Of course! All you need to do is enter your email in the form at the end of this post to have the link sent to you. Once you've been confirmed as an email subscriber (by clicking the link in the first email), you simply enter your email in any of the forms and it'll automatically redirect you to the download page.


Friday 16th of June 2023

To cute


Friday 16th of June 2023

Thanks ◡̈


Wednesday 14th of June 2023

children will love it!


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