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Paper Plate Pirate Craft For Kids [Free Template]

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Summer is the perfect time to spend some quality time crafting! And if you’re searching for a more boyish craft, this paper plate pirate craft is perfect.

We make lots of paper plate crafts around here, so when we started a pirate theme, we knew we needed to add this easy pirate craft to the list.

It’s a fun way to combine both arts and crafts since kids get to paint their pirate’s skin color.

Like usual, we’ve added a free pirate template for you to download so it’s easy to recreate this craft at home (or at school) with your kids.

Read our simple directions or watch our quick video tutorial to see this craft in action.

Pirate Craft For Kids

closeup of paper plate pirate boy with brown hair on marble background

Supplies

  • White paper plate
  • Skin colored paint
  • Colored cardstock (in black, red/pink, hair color)
  • White cardstock
  • Markers (black and pink)
  • Glue stick
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Pirate template (download form located at the end of this post, just above the comments)

Related: Handprint Pirate Craft

Directions

Download the paper plate pirate template, print and cut out the pieces.

hands holding paper plate pirate template

Begin by painting the paper plate in your choice of skin-colored shades. Let it dry completely. If you’re short on time, you can use a hairdryer to speed up the process.

hands painting paper plate peach

Once the paper plate is completely dry, glue the eyes to each side of the plate, like in the pictures. You’ll want to glue it down a few inches from the top so you have room to put on the hair and pirate hat.

hands gluing the eyes onto peach paper plate

We used a black marker to outline the eyes because we think it gives it a more finished look, but you can skip this if you don’t want to trace it.

hands tracing black marker over top of paper plate eyes

Use a pale pink marker to draw on a small, oval-shaped nose just below the eyes.

hands drawing nose on paper plate pirate with dark peach marker

Place the mouth piece just below the nose and glue down. You can see from the pictures we did one pirate mouth red and one pirate mouth black. We’re not sure which one we like better! Choose whichever you prefer.

hands gluing on red mouth to paper plate pirate

Next, glue the pink tongue to the bottom of the mouth.

hands gluing on pink tongue on paper plate pirate

Take the pirate boy’s hair and glue it just above his eyes. Make sure if you’re using a glue stick you have enough glue on it to securely glue it to the paper plate. If you use the normal amount you would for a flat surface, it won’t stick on the plate very well.

hands gluing on yellow hair on paper plate pirate

Position the skull and crossbones in the middle of the pirate hat and glue in place. Next, take the completed pirate hat and tape to the top of the pirate boy’s hair.

hands gluing on skull and crossbones to pirate hat

We looped a piece of tape on itself (basically creating double-sided tape) and placed it in the middle, bottom of the hat so it stayed in place. Then, we flipped the paper plate over and added one piece of tape to each side of the hat to secure it.

hands gluing on pirate hat to paper plate pirate

Now you have a fun pirate boy!

paper plate pirate craft on marble background with red and white striped fabric
brown haired paper plate pirate craft on marble background with red and white striped fabric

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Paper Plate Pirate Craft

Paper Plate Pirate Craft

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Active Time: 10 minutes
Drying Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

See how simple it is to make this cool paper plate pirate craft! It's an easy activity for summertime!

Materials

  • White paper plate
  • Skin colored paint
  • Colored cardstock (in black, red/pink, hair color)
  • White cardstock
  • Markers (black and pink)
  • Glue stick
  • Tape
  • Pirate template (download form located at the end of this post, just above the comments)

Tools

  • Scissors

Instructions

  1. Download the pirate template, print and cut out the pieces.
  2. Paint the paper plate in your choice of skin colored paint and let dry completely before moving on.
  3. Glue the eyes a few inches from the top of the paper plate.
  4. Optional: Use a black marker to draw the top half of the eyes to define them.
  5. Use a pink marker to draw on a small oval nose just underneath the eyes.
  6. Glue the mouth just under the nose, then glue the tongue to the bottom of the mouth.
  7. Glue the pirate's hair just above the eyes.
  8. Glue the skull and crossbones to the middle of the pirate's hat, then tape the completed hat to the top of the paper plate.

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