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Paper Plate Sun Craft

Need a simple and fun summer craft for the kids to do during break? This paper plate sun craft is super easy, cute and great for young kids of all ages.

You may not know, but we love paper plate crafts for kids and this one is no different!

Kids as young as toddlers can help make their own cute little sun!

It’s perfect for preschool and kindergarten children to help them work on fine motor skills, creativity, and scissor skills.

Read our directions below or watch our quick step by step video tutorial to see just how amazingly simple this craft really is!

Easy Sun Craft

collage of sun paper plate images with "sun craft for kids" wording in middle


closeup of sun paper plate craft


Download the sun face template, print on orange paper and cut it out.

Take the paper plate and paint 2-3 thin coats of yellow paint all over it. Let it dry completely before you move on to the next step.

hands painting white paper plate yellow

If you need to rush, don’t forget you can also use a hairdryer to speed up the process (we do this all the time when we’re short on time).

You can also use a yellow party plate instead of a white plate. We prefer to have kids paint the white paint because kids love it and it helps them learn to handle a paintbrush!

Once the plate is completely dry, glue the sun’s face to the middle of the plate.

hands gluing on face to paper plate sun

Flip the paper plate over and begin drawing the outline of a sun on the backside with a pencil. By doing this on the back, you won’t have to worry about messing up the paint and not cutting perfectly on the lines.

If your child is very young, you’ll likely need to draw on the lines for them. If they can use scissors well, they can cut out the sun shape by themselves.

hands tracing points on back of paper plate sun

Cut out along the outlines you made to create your adorable sun!

two paper plate sun crafts on marble background

Wasn’t that such an easy summertime craft for kids?

Summer Themed Ideas

Want to create a unit around this craft? How about a fun summer themed! To start, grab these books from the library or buy them to add to your home collection.

How To Catch A Mermaid is the summer version of the classic “How To Catch” series! It’s perfect for mermaid fans and summer lovers alike!

Gorilla Loves Vanilla is all about, you guessed it – ice cream! This silly book will have kids laughing and asking for you to read it again and again.

Goodnight Pirate is a fun bedtime book to read to kids all summer long! They’ll love the illustrations, story, and rhyming words.

For more summer crafts, check out some of our favorites:

For kids who love sensory activities, try out this ocean sensory bin filler or this beach themed playdough and sensory sand kit. Your kids will spend hours playing with these hands-on activities!

Share With Us

Did you make this sun craft with your kids? If so, we’d love for you to share the finished project with us!

Take a picture and post it on our Facebook page wall or join our private Facebook group and show us in there.

two paper plate sun crafts on marble background

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Paper Plate Sun Craft

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

Make this super simple and very cheery paper plate sun! It's a fun summer craft idea for kids!


  • Paper plates
  • Yellow paint (we used this one)
  • Orange card stock
  • Glue stick
  • Pencil
  • Sun face template (download located at the end of this post)


  • Scissors


  1. Download the free sun template, print and cut out.
  2. Paint the paper plate in 1-2 thin coats of yellow paint. Let dry completely.
  3. Glue the sun's face to the middle of the paper plate.
  4. Flip the paper plate over and draw on sun points all over the back with the pencil.
  5. Cut the paper plate along the marks you made in step 4.

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Sun Craft Template

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