This collection of Fun Paper Plate Crafts is perfect for entertaining kids. It’s loaded with cheap and easy ideas to keep little girls and little boys occupied. What sweetens the pot is that you most likely have most of the supplies in your craft stash.

Easy Paper Plate Craft Ideas featuring rainbows, unicorns and flowers

Do you enjoy simple, inexpensive, but really creative crafts that you can make with your kids? Creating simple paper plate crafts like a paper plate rainbow or a paper plate fruit are perfect for young children. They can practice their scissor skills by cutting a single paper plate in half while having a great time being creative.

paper plate watermelon

Paper plate crafts are perfect for little hands that are still working on their fine motor skills, but older kids will enjoy getting in on the fun too.

Older children may make their paper plate creations more intricate than younger children will. They may even come up with some paper plate crafts of their own to share. 

If you are a family with older siblings, they can help assist with any one of these great ideas.


Paper plate crafts are great for kids of all ages. There are so many adorable fun things that you can make with them. Paper plate crafts are the perfect activity for hot summer days or you can use them as a rainy day craft activity.

Most paper plate crafts don’t take a whole lot of time to make, so they are perfect as a quick craft to entertain the kids.

If you are looking for something that will take more time, you can just have the kids make more than one paper plate craft. There are lots of them to choose from so that shouldn’t be difficult at all! Any one of these adorable paper plate craft ideas would be a great addition to your kids summer boredom buster list.

Collage photo of kids crafts using paper plates


Chances are that you usually have a stack of paper plates on hand. If you don’t you can pick up a few packs at your local dollar store for very little money. You can even purchase paper plates for your crafts in a variety of colors. Plain white paper plates work perfectly for most crafts as well. 

If you have plans of making any kind of crafts with children, then no doubt you’ll need to be prepared with supplies. There are so many easy ideas to keep kids busy so it’s always a great idea to keep a stash of your favorite craft supplies on hand. This list is a great jumping off point.

  • Extra Paper Plates – no brainer (wink, wink)
  • Construction Paper in different colors
  • Craft sticks in a variety of pretty colors and sizes
  • A Glue Stick, or 100 – The big ones are best because you know kids love glue!
  • Pipe Cleaners
  • Googly Eyes – an assortment of big eyes and small eyes is recommended
  • Scissors
  • Cotton balls
  • Paint – I recommend Tempera washable paint – especially when working with small children
  • Tissue paper
  • Pom poms
  • Markers

If you have these items on hand you will have everything you need to make most of them. Not every paper plate craft will require all of them of course. It’s never a bad idea to be prepared though.

Collage photo of paper plate crafts of ocean animals


You will be amazed at how many different kinds of crafts you can make with paper plates. You can find a craft for every holiday, as well as everyday crafts. Here’s what you can expect to find in this collection. Most come complete with a step-by-step tutorial that takes all of the guesswork out of it.

  • Musical Instrument crafts like paper plate tambourines
  • Paper Plate Sun Craft
  • Paper Plate Monkey
  • Paper Plate Hedgehog
  • Paper Plate Octopus
  • Paper Plate Fish Craft and other tropical fish and ocean animal crafts
  • Paper Plate Bumble Bee
  • Paper Plate Christmas Crafts
  • Paper Plate Snail Craft with full tutorial
  • Paper Plate Ice Cream
  • Paper Plate Lion Mask
  • Summer Paper Plate Crafts like paper plate watermelon, paper plate ladybugs and paper plate hot air balloons!

Paper plate crafts require very little prep work which makes them perfect for any time.

If you are trying to fill in time before leaving for another activity, there is a paper plate craft for you.

Looking for something to entertain the kids while you cook dinner? That’s the perfect time to work on a simple, fun craft. Just pull out a stack of paper plates, and some simple craft supplies.

You will have happy, occupied kids busily creating the next great thing they can’t stop talking about.

Not sure which paper plate craft you should try with your kids first? Take a look at the ones posted here and pick one. Even better, let your kids decide what kind of fun paper plate craft they would like to start with.

There is definitely something here that everyone will like. You may even be surprised at just how creative you can be with a simple paper plate! 


Pretty paper plate craft photo collage


Have a house full of older kids who love simple and easy crafts? This collection of summer craft ideas aren’t just for summertime. Check out fun ways to use rocks, fabric scraps and dollar store mugs… to name a few. Happy Crafting!

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