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Paper Plate Crafts

Paper Plate Winter Crafts

Paper plate winter scene silhouettes - winter crafts for kids

Most of our crafts are inspired by random things that we encounter in our everyday life. Both crafts that we made yesterday were inspired by objects that I saw in my aunt’s home where we are staying during our house build. We are currently residing in her finished cellar. Yesterday, I was trying to clean up and organize some of the stuff that we brought with us. As I was trying to find a home for all of our things, I came across a fake poinsettia. It was soft & glittery and pretty and the perfect subject for a craft.

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Cupcake Liner Turkey Craft

Cupcake Liner Turkey - Thanksgiving crafts for kids

I swore to myself that I was done with turkey crafts, but I could not resist doing just on more. My daughter wanted to make a craft out of cupcake liners and by craft she meant she wanted to cut them all up with her safety scissors. I had a different idea in mind for the wrappers.

Cupcake Liner Turkey

Paint a paper bowl brown & let it dry.

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Cut a peanut like shape out of brown construction paper. Glue on googly eyes & cut a beak & wattle out of construction paper and glue those on as well.

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Flip the bowl over & glue different colored cupcake liners that are folded in half to the back of the bowl. Fan them out half way around the bowl.

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Flip the bowl back over & let the glue dry.

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Cut out feet & glue them to the bottom of the bowl. Glue the body to the front of the bowl & you are finished.

Cupcake Liner Turkey - Thanksgiving crafts for kids

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Paper Plate Shape Monster Masks

Build a shape monster mask - we did this at a recent Halloween craft party for the kids & it was a huge hit.

A friend of mine had a Halloween craft party for the kids this weekend. There were cocktail weeny mummies, a backyard graveyard, pumpkin cookies & a variety of fun Halloween themed crafts. My friend had asked if I could help with one of the crafts. I jumped at the chance to be able to do a group craft with the kiddos. Since monster crafts are fun & so easy to make, we decided to make monster masks. My daughter helped me prepare for the craft on the morning of the party.

We pre-painted the paper plates in a wide array of colors for convenience. We let them dry & glued Popsicle sticks on the back for the mask handles.

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I cut different shapes for the mouths, noses, tongues, eyebrows & horns out of foam. I purchased several packages of googly eyes for the project.

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The kids each picked their favorite colored mask and sat on the floor armed with glue sticks & shapes.

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It was great to watch all of their smiling little faces working so hard creating their masks. When they were finished, they all showed me their finished creations. There were lots of laughs & lots of roars.

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All of the children had a great time. They continued to craft the day away by painting pumpkins, making ghosts and painting witch faces.

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Paper plate monster masks for Halloween - kid's crafts

 

 

Mr. Paper Plate Head Mask

Mister Paper Plate Mask - Mask with interchangeable felt pieces. Fun Crafts for kids.

We went to Applebee’s for dinner last night. Applebee’s has small laptops at each table that you can place your orders from. It also has a bunch of games & kid friendly apps. My daughter found one that allowed you to take photos of yourself & then add artwork to it. She thought this was great fun. She kept giving herself a mustache and laughing. I got a kick out of watching her and her mustached face.

Her funny faces inspired this paper plate craft.

Mr. Paper Plate Head Mask

What you will need:

Paper plate

Flesh-toned paint

Felt in different colors

Velcro tabs

Craft sticks

Glue

Magic markers

 

Directions:

Paint a paper plate in a flesh tone. Let it dry. Glue two craft sticks to the back of the plate for your mask handle. Place Velcro tabs around the plate where you would like your facial features to be. Make sure that you use the rough end of the Velcro. Add one to the top of the mask handle for the bow ties.

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Draw & cut out facial features such as eyes, noses, mouths, mustaches & ears. We also cut out glasses & assorted bow ties.

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Let your child decorate their mask.
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Add as many extra features as you like for more face varieties.

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Mai daughter thought the mustaches were funny here too.

Mister Paper Plate Head Mask - A fun changeable mask made out of felt pieces. Kid's crafts

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Inuit & Igloo Crafts

Igloo made out of a milk jug & cotton balls. The penguins are made out of acorns. Winter kids craft

I can remember when I was a little girl, I could not wait until it would snow. I wasn’t much interested in building snowmen, but I loved having a good snowball fight & I loved to build snow forts, huts and igloos. The snow is hopefully still a little ways away, but I was thinking of my igloo adventures the other day. I had an idea for an igloo craft using an old milk jug. 

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Paper Plate Hair Cutting Activity

Paper Plate hair cutting activity & craft - this activity is a great fine motor skill activity. My daughter had so much fun with this.

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I cut my daughter’s hair. If you have ever tried to cut a 3 year old’s hair, you should know that it is not an easy feat. I had to pretend that we were playing hairdresser in order to get her to stay still. While I was cutting, she kept asking if she could have the scissors and cut her own hair. When I was done, she asked if she could be the hairdresser now & cut mine. I had to say no to both, but it did give me an idea.

We have been working on using safety scissors lately.  She likes to practice cutting & is still trying to find her comfort level in holding them. I thought that we could make a hair cutting activity for her.

All you will need is:

A paper plate

Construction paper

Glue

Markers

Googly eyes

Safety scissors – My daughter actually wanted to use scrapbook scissors for this activity. (Use caution & supervise your children when working with scissors.)

Directions:

Cut strips of paper in the color of your choice to form the hair. We made our hair wavy, so we cut wavy strips.

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Glue a piece of construction paper of the same color around the back of the paper plate & trim any excess that hangs over the plate. Glue a flesh-toned piece of paper to the front & trim the excess as well. Add ears. Glue the strips of paper to the back to form the hair in the back.

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Glue googly eyes onto the front & draw in the nose and mouth. Glue on a couple of strands of hair to the front & add long bangs for them to trim as well.

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I gave Mai a few different pairs of scrapbook scissors & let her cut away. She is still trying to figure out the best way to hold her scissors, so I demonstrated on a separate piece of paper.

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She had a lot of fun with this one & even told me that she has the most fun doing projects with me. Awwww. She is getting better each time with her scissors. Practice does make perfect after all.

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Hey Diddle Diddle Paper Plate Craft

Hey Diddle Diddle Nursery Rhyme Craft - Paper Plate Kid's Craft - The dish ran away with the spoon

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My daughter loves her bedtime stories. She goes through phases each week of which book is her favorite. This week her favorites are the new Dr. Seuss book ‘Which Pet Should I Get‘ & ‘My Little Mother Goose‘.

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‘My Little Mother Goose’ is filled with all of the classic nursery rhymes that I knew as a child.  Hey Diddle Diddle is one that we love in particular.

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My daughter was very excited to make a craft of one of her favorite nursery rhymes.

The Dish Ran Away With The Spoon Paper Plate Craft

Mai wanted to make sure that the dish & spoon were the same as the dish and spoon illustrated in the book, right down to the bow on the spoon.

What you will need:

Paper plates

Acrylic paint (Pink & purple)

Pipe cleaners

Googly eyes (Big & medium)

School glue & a hot glue gun (Use caution when operating a hot glue gun. Adult use is recommended.)

Purple Ribbon

Directions:

Paint a paper plate in the pink & let it dry.

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Cut a spoon shape out of another plate & paint it purple & let it dry.

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Glue large googly eyes to the plate.

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Paint a ring around the plate.

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Paint the rest of the face onto the plate.

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Paint a face & add googly eyes onto the spoon as well. Wrap a piece of ribbon around the spoon’s neck.

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Cut 2 pipe cleaners in half & glue the pieces to the back of the plate to form arms & legs. You will only need one pipe cleaner for the spoon, cut into quarters.

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My daughter did a beautiful job & already requested to do the cow jumping over the moon for the next time.

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Paper Plate Witch Hat

Paper Plate Witch's Hat Craft for Halloween. Kid's arts & crafts and pretend play

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Ever since my daughter made the announcement that this year she was going to be a princess witch for Halloween, she has been talking about all things witch.

“Mama, I need a witch broom.”

“Mama, you need to be a mama witch.”

“Mama, I need a witch hat.”

While we already purchased her witch costume, I thought it would still be fun for us to make a witch hat.

Paper Plate Witch Hat

Paper plate

Paper bowl

Black & yellow construction paper

Black paint

Purple ribbon

Glue (School & hot glue)

Glitter

Directions:

As with all of our paper plate hats in the past, we began this one with a paper plate with the center cut out & a paper bowl.

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Place the paper plate over the bowl & glue them together.

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Paint the paper plate portion. My daughter opted to paint the whole thing. When you are done, let it dry.

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While it dries, form the cone for your hat. Leave a small opening at the tip of your cone.

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Roll up a narrow strip of paper, about 8″ long, into a skinny cone & glue, tape of staple in place.

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Push the skinny cone through the hole at the top of the bigger cone.

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Allow about 6″ to poke out at the top. Squeeze a glue gun into & around the edge of opening to glue the smaller cone into the larger one. (Use caution when using a glue gun. Adult operation is recommended.)

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Glue the cone over the top of the bowl & bend the tip of the thin part of the cone.

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Glue a ribbon around the hat where the cone & the paper plate meet.  Glue it in two sections to prevent bunching.

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Cut a yellow square & cut out a smaller square in the middle to form a buckle. Glue it to the ribbon. Cover the seam from the two sections of ribbon.

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Squeeze glue all over the hat & sprinkle glitter onto the glue. Let dry & enjoy.

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Paper Plate Witch's Hat Craft for Halloween. Kid's arts & crafts and pretend play

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Halloween Paper Plate Silhouette Crafts

I have been thinking about Halloween a lot this week. I realized that I had a little planning to do after my daughter informed me that she would like to be a princess witch this year. September is more than halfway through and Halloween is sneaking up on us quickly. With Halloween on the brain, it inspired us to make a few paper plate crafts. I love silhouettes. There us something so beautiful and haunting about them, which makes them perfect for Halloween. These Halloween silhouettes are an easy craft for all ages.

Halloween Paper Plate Silhouettes with printable template . Choose from a black cat, a witch or bat silhouettes - Halloween arts and crafts for kids.

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Paper Bowl Nature Nest Craft

This is a fun & easy nature craft for your kids. Glue items found in nature into a paper bowl

It has been gorgeous weekend. My daughter & I spent most of our morning yesterday playing outdoors. The leaves have already begun to turn & the acorns have fallen. Mai ran around the yard gathering them both into piles. She added in some sticks and rocks as well.

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We used paper bowls to collect & separate them in. This gave me an idea. We could glue the items into our bowls & make nests.

This is a simple craft that all ages groups should enjoy.

Squeeze a liberal amount of glue all around the inside of your bowl. Lay leaves, grass, sticks, bark etc.. into the bowl. (Use caution when gathering your items. Stay clear of poison ivy, thorn bushes & insect infested areas)

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Add more glue in between layers to hold everything together.

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To make your rock bird, paint the rock in the color of your choice & glue on foam or construction paper wings, feet & beak. Add googly eyes.

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Mai did not want a bird in her nest. She only wanted acorns.

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Paper Bowl Nature Nest Craft