This is where you will find fun paper plate crafts for kids of all ages – perfect for a rainy day or just to keep little hands busy!
These paper plate craft ideas are an inexpensive way to entertain children and you can use leftover paper plates from kid’s parties or bbq’s (you can even re-use the ones that just had crumbs on them but nothing soggy – we won’t tell!).
Apart from just being a fun craft to do with your kid, paper plate crafts can also be a great way to develop fine motor skills and scissor skills in young children as well as a stress-free way to express creativity for older children.
50 Super Fun Paper Crafts for Kids!
Below you will find some of the best ideas out there for crafting with paper plates! You are sure to find a great way to entertain your little ones!
Paper Plate Hot Air Balloon Craft
How cute is this? The perfect summer craft to prepare for holidays or even for make it as a Valentine's gift for the grandparents!
Paper Plate Rainbow Fish Craft
This cute paper plate fish craft will let your arty crafty kids make their own rainbow fish!
Paper Plate Polar Bear Craft
A simple paper plate and some cotton balls and you have this super cute Polar Bear! I know my kids would love this one!
Easy Paper Plate Dragon Twirler (Free Printable) - Chinese New Year 2022
My kids have been learning about Chinese New Year and this is a fun activity to bring it to life for them. There is even a free printable template over on Red Ted Art to help you make this great project.
Paper Plate Rainbow Craft for Toddlers and Preschoolers
The perfect easy craft for a rainy day! I love a rainbow!
Rainbow Unicorn Paper Plate Craft for Kids
Another rainbow-themed craft! Unicorns aren't just for little girls anymore - my boys would have great fun making one of these!
Rocket Paper Plate Craft For Kids [Free Template]
My oldest (5 years old) is super into space right now so I'm sure he would love to use a simple paper plate and turn it into this super cute rocket!
Paper Plate Cat Twirler
This cat actually looks a bit like my nephew's cat - he's orange - I might send this one to his resourceful mama!
Paper Plate Dinosaur Kids Craft
What little kid doesn't like dinosaurs? Roarrr! This guy looks like a great addition to any kid's dinosaur collection!
Paper Plate Bee Craft
With some simple craft supplies and some googly eyes your kids can make this cute bee!
Lorax Paper Plate Craft | A Night Owl Blog
This guys big eyes make him look a bit startled! But I'm sure the kids will love making him!
Easy Paper Plate Masks for Mardi Gras for Kids of all ages
This is one of those easy paper plate crafts where the pretty colors are the focus! These mardi gras masks could also work for Halloween or even just dress-up play!
Gnome Paper Plate Craft
This guy is a gnome but I'd say you could call him an elf if it was nearer Christmas time too!
Paper Plate Spring Tree Craft
What better craft to celebrate Spring Time than to make a pretty tree with your little one?
Snowy Owl Paper Plate Craft For Kids [Free Template]
This grey owl is so cute! My 3 year old would love this one!
Earth Day Paper Plate Craft with Free Earth Template
A fun Earth Day craft to take a moment and talk to your kids about why you love upcycled and recycled crafting so much!
DIY Scratch Art Using Paper Plates
Did you know you could make your own scratch art using a paper plate? I didn't? Check out the full tutorial over on Crafty Morning.
Rocking Paper Plate Chick & Egg craft for Preschoolers
A great Easter Craft for kids!
Paper Plate Rainbow Kids Craft
Some cotton balls and construction paper and you are on your way to making this easy craft that the kids are sure to be proud of!
Paper Plate Ghost Craft (FREE Printable Template)
He looks like a friendly ghost! This is one of those halloween paper plate crafts that looks sweet rather than scary!
Paper Plate Unicorn Craft
Another super cute unicorn!
Paper Plate Owl Craft for Kids
This one could make a cute decoration for a Christmas tree or on a gift.
Paper Plate Fingerprint Peacock Kids Craft
Kids love crafts where they can get their fingers dirty! And this is a super colorful and fun outcome to all the mess!
Paper Plate Cactus Craft for Kids
A paper plate and some pipe cleaners and you have your own friendly cactus!
Paper Plate Beluga Whale Craft [Free Template]
Baby Beluga was my favorite song as a child. This would be a fun craft to do while listening to it!
Spring Craft for Kids: Paper Plate Magnetic Duck Pond
Why buy an expensive fishing game when you can help your kids make their own magnetic paper plate duck pond!
Paper Plate Felt Button Flower Wreath
Paper plate wreaths are a great idea and this flowery one works great as a wreath for the summer months.
Paper Plate Snail Craft
I love this super cute paper plate snail! He looks so friendly!
Simple, Cute Paper Plate Teddy Bear Craft for Valentine’s Day
A simple way to get kids interested in making a Valentine! Add hearts to a cute paper plate bear!
The Lorax Paper Plate Craft with Free Lorax Template
If you have a Dr. Seuss fan in the house here is another option for a Lorax Paper Plate.
Adorable Paper Plate Cardinal Craft
Any bird watchers out there? This paper plate bird could be just the one for your little one.
Paper Plate Lamb Craft
Another cute paper plate craft option for Easter!
Cat in the Hat Paper Plate Hat
Another possibility for non-scary halloween crafts. They don't have to be ghosts and vampires!
Paper Plate Jellyfish Craft | Summer Fun Series
This one gives them an opportunity to do some coloring as well as gluing and cutting - great for those fine motor skills.
Easy To Make: Paper Plate Lion
These cute lion masks look like they'd be a lot of fun!
Paper Plate Scuba Mask Craft for Kids to Make and Play
Another fun mask idea!
Paper Plate Dinosaur Craft for Kids with Free Templates
And another Dino!
Easy Paper Plate Snail Craft Painted with Cotton Balls
Another paper plate snail to try - especially for more colorful kids!
Butterfly Life Cycle Paper Plate Craft
A cool idea for older kids - maybe even as a science project?
Paper Plate Beach Ball Craft
A great summer paper plate craft.
Paper Plate Easter Bunny Craft
Use up you extra paper plates to make cute bunnies for Easter.
Paper Plate Dinosaur Craft and STEM Challenge for Kids
Cute dinosaur STEM activity.
Paper Plate Craft: Hatching Chicks!
More paper plate Easter fun!
DIY Paper Plate Clock Craft for Kids Learning How to Tell Time
I love this idea for helping kids learn to tell the time - makes so much sense!
Paper Plate Melting Snowman Winter Craft for Kids
An original idea for a paper plate snowman - 'I'm melting!'
Paper Plate Panda Bear Craft
My youngest loves Pandas so this is one for him!
Fun Paper Plate Shark Craft That Rocks!
Another great summer paper plate craft idea - especially for Finding Nemo fans!
Dot Art Paper Plate Turtle
A super cute turtle with a free printable template.
If you’ve been looking for inexpensive crafts to do with the kids I hope you found something fun on this list.
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