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Paper Plate Reindeer Craft

It’s officially the Christmas season, so that means giving you plenty of easy Christmas craft ideas for kids!

Today we’re sharing one of the cutest (and simplest) crafts to date, this paper plate reindeer craft!

And, if you need a few tips or reasons why this craft is great for the holiday season, be sure you check out everything we have to say about this craft below!

We’re certain this simple holiday craft will bring the whole family together!

If your kids want more festive fun, be sure to check out all of our fun reindeer crafts for kids!

Reindeer Paper Plate Craft

paper plate reindeer craft image collage with the words rudolph craft for kids in the middle

Supplies

Directions

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

Paint the entire paper plate a dark brown. Let dry completely.

hands painting paper plate brown

Glue the eyes at the top of the inner circle of the paper plate.

hand gluing eyes onto paper plate reindeer craft

Glue the cream muzzle just below the eyes, in the center.

hand gluing muzzle onto paper plate reindeer craft

Position the red or black reindeer nose in the center of the muzzle and glue in place.

hand gluing nose onto paper plate reindeer craft

Use a small circle punch or scissors to cut two small circles from the pink card stock and glue between the eyes and the muzzle, on the side of the plate.

hand gluing cheeks onto paper plate reindeer craft

Place the cream inner ear inside the larger outer eat and glue to the middle.

hands gluing paper reindeer ears together

Take the completed ears and glue them to the top, back of the paper plate.

hand gluing ears onto paper plate reindeer craft

Position the antlers in between the ears and glue to the back of the paper plate.

hand gluing antlers onto paper plate reindeer craft

Isn’t this such a simple and fun reindeer craft for kids?! We love it just as much as our reindeer paper bag craft!

closeup of paper plate reindeer craft

If you stop and think about your favorite holiday memories growing up, chances are it’s not about the presents you received, but of the memories of your family traditions. 

It might be decorating the tree in front of a roaring fire.

It might be making cookies at Grandma’s house or going caroling.

It might even be something ridiculous, like a rambunctious family game of holiday Charades. 

While some traditions can get passed on through generations, like Great Grandma’s super-secret snickerdoodle recipe, there is always an opportunity to create a new tradition with your family.

closeup of paper plate reindeer craft

The trouble is, with all the hustle and bustle, who has time and energy to do something elaborate? 

Parents of young children? Certainly not!

The best traditions are focused more on spending time with the people you love.  So how about having an “arts and crafts” night where you make homemade presents for family and friends?

Put on some of your favorite holiday movies, crank up the carols, and get out your supplies and smocks! 

paper plate Santa and reindeer craft

Paper plate crafts are perfect for low-stress crafting.

The plates are inexpensive and easy to find, so no trekking to a specialty craft store and fighting holiday crowds.  The plate holds paint mostly on the surface, so if your artist gets a bit enthusiastic with the process, it’s mostly going to be on the project and not your floor.

It’s still always a great idea to put everyone in old clothes and cover all work surfaces to protect from spills!

Pro tip:  If the kids are painting with bright colors, use white rolled paper to protect your table and it can double as one-of-a-kind wrapping paper!

With a few additional supplies – paint, glue and some construction paper – even the littlest elf can create an adorable present that gets proudly displayed on Grandma’s mantle or fridge!

closeup of paper plate reindeer craft

Crafts made from paper plates are also adaptable for the whole family.

It has a high success rate, which means with a little bit of help, even the tiniest tot can produce a craft with very little stress. 

Little ones can paint the plate, or color it if painting isn’t your thing.

Older children can cut out and glue on the pieces with less help or make a whole fleet of reindeer for all your relatives. 

Looking to give back to your community?

See if you can provide supplies and go to a local nursing home to work with some seniors with your children – the nursing home residents love seeing little ones, and this paper plate reindeer craft is easy enough for arthritic fingers!

paper plate rudolph craft

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When you’re done, don’t forget to snap a picture of it and then share it with us on our Facebook wall or in our private Facebook group.

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Paper Plate Reindeer Craft

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Learn how to make this simple paper plate Rudolph the Red Nosed reindeer craft for kids this Christmas!

Materials

  • Paper plate
  • Brown paint
  • Colored card stock (in cream, red (or black) and pink)
  • White card stock
  • Glue stick
  • Reindeer template (download form located at the end of the page)

Tools

  • Scissors
  • Circle punch (optional)

Instructions

    1. Download the free reindeer template, print and cut out the pieces.
    2. Paint the entire paper plate a dark brown. Let dry completely.
    3. Glue the eyes at the top of the inner circle of the paper plate.
    4. Glue the cream muzzle just below the eyes, in the center.
    5. Position the red or black reindeer nose in the center of the muzzle and glue in place.
    6. Use a small circle punch or scissors to cut two small circles from the pink card stock and glue between the eyes and the muzzle, on the side of the plate.
    7. Place the cream inner ear inside the larger outer eat and glue to the middle.
    8. Take the completed ears and glue them to the top, back of the paper plate.
    9. Position the antlers in between the ears and glue to the back of the paper plate.

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Free Rudolph Template

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berta

Tuesday 15th of December 2020

puede enviarme la plantilla por favor? gracias

Sam T

Tuesday 15th of December 2020

Of course! All you need to do is enter your email in the form at the end of the post and the link will be sent to you ?

Eliana

Sunday 6th of December 2020

Please, send me the template

Sam T

Monday 7th of December 2020

Of course; no need to ask! All you need to do is enter your email in the form at the end of this post and it’ll be sent to you ?

Eliana

Saturday 5th of December 2020

It’s easy and cute. Love it!!!

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