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Paper Plate Stingray Craft

A few months ago we went to a fair while we were on vacation. My daughter became fascinated by the squirting race game that they had. She referred to it as “the contest”. We all played the game together and our daughter won of course. After her victory, she was able to select her prize. She picked a purple stingray to take home with her. She loves that stingray. Her stuffed stingray was the inspiration for this cute and easy paper plate craft. This is perfect for the summer.

Paper Plate Stingray craft for kids. aN adorable project for summer made with paper plate & bowl

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Paper Plate UFO

Paper Plate UFO


We are sort of a family of nerds. My husband and I are both science fiction fans & enjoy the supernatural. Mai must be following in our footsteps because she has become more & more interested in monsters & aliens lately. Tonight we made paper plate & bowl UFOs.

What you will need:

2 Paper plates

1 Paper bowl

Craft pom poms

Pipe cleaners

Acrylic paint & glue



Cut out the center of one of the paper plates.


Place it over the paper bowl & make sure that it fits over it enough. Trim the center more if needed.


Cut a small fold-down flap on the bowl for a door. Glue the bowl to the top of the whole paper plate & fit & glue the cut plate over the bowl.


Paint your UFO. We painted the base in silver,


Mai added her own designs in different colored paints & added her own special touches.

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Together we glued the pom poms around the outside of our saucer.


We folded & twisted 3 pipe cleaners in half & bent both ends to use as legs for our space ship.


We glued the legs on & let the project dry. Mai loved the opening to her space ship. She used it to store more pom poms for later.



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What you will need:

2 Paper plates

Paper bowl

Paper towel roll

Construction paper

4 Wooden sticks, straws or any straight rigid object

A piece of egg carton

Acrylic paint

Glue gun




Draw a circle in the center of both paper plates & the paper bowl & then cut it out.

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Cut the outside edge off of one of the paper plates.


Draw the outline of a horse. Cut out the outline & use it as a template to cut out 7 more. Cut 2 of each color for a total of 8.


Paint all the paper plate & bowl pieces on the back side & the paper towel roll. Let all pieces dry. Trim the paper towel roll. We took about 1/3 of the roll off.

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Slide the full-sized paper plate onto the bottom of the paper towel roll with the bottom side facing up. Squeeze a bead of glue around where the paper towel roll & plate meet.


Glue the cut plate over the top.


Place the paper bowl over the top of the paper towel roll until flush & squeeze a bead of glue around the two to secure into place. Measure your sticks from the base of your project to the bottom of the bowl. With a glue gun dab a circle of glue onto the cut plate. Let cool for a minute or two & insert the stick into the glue & hold in place until the glue hardens. Do this for the other 3 sticks.


Squeeze glue on the underside of the bowl & place the bowl over the sticks & hold in place.


Grab 2 matching horse cutouts & glue the back half together. Wrap the open part around the stick & glue the opposite end together until it is secured. Do this with the rest of the cut-outs.


Glue an egg carton piece to the top opening over the paper bowl & paper towel roll.

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