We love crafting and messy play in our house. We especially love using paper plates in our crafting. I think they add a new, exciting dimension to whatever the activity is, as oppose to using regular paper. We recently made some paper plate animals which Molly adored, and last year we made some Halloween themed plates. Halloween is once again almost upon us so we have been busy making some more Halloween Paper Plate Crafts. Half-term is just around the corner too so it’s a perfect activity to do with the kids.
The good thing about making Halloween paper plates is that they don’t have to be a certain way. There is no right or wrong, and no must-use material, well, apart from the paper plate of course! These are the materials we used for our Halloween inspired Paper Plates but you can use whatever you want, or whatever you have in.
- Paper plates
- Ready mixed paint, paint pots, and paint brushes
- PVA glue, a pot to put the glue in, and glue spreaders
- Double sided sticky tape
- Masking tape
- Stapler and staples
- Cotton wool
- Crepe paper, tissue paper, coloured card
- Googly eyes
- Black and red marker pens
To start, paint all of the paper plates the colour you want them to be and set them aside to dry. Once they are dry you can get onto making your spooky creations.
- Make hands for the ghost by either drawing them onto some white card or draw around your child’s hands. Then cut the hands out.
- Staple the hands to the paper plate.
- Cut some white crepe paper into strips.
- Stick the crepe paper strips to the bottom of the plate using PVA glue.
- Stick cotton wool balls all over the paper plate using PVA glue.
- Draw two circles for eyes, and draw a mouth shape onto black card. Cut these out.
- Stick the shapes on top of the cotton wool balls with PVA glue.
- Draw hand shapes onto purple card or draw around your child’s hand and cut these out.
- Stick the hands to the plate with double-sided tape.
- Twist some pipe cleaners and stick to the back of the plate with masking tape.
- Draw a semi-circle shape onto some black card for the monster’s mouth and cut out.
- Cut another semi-circle shape out from the middle of the first semi-circle so it looks like an open mouth.
- Cut two small strips out of white card and make them look like teeth by drawing lines on them.
- Stick the teeth to the back of the mouth with double-sided tape.
- Stick the mouth to the paper plate with double-sided tape.
- Use PVA glue to attach googly eyes to the plate.
- We stuck a random pompom onto the monsters face too because, why not…
- Create the spider’s legs by sticking pipe cleaners to the back of the paper plate with masking tape. My pipe cleaners were quite long so I cut them in half first.
- Once they are stuck in place, bend the pipe cleaners so they look a little more like legs.
- Stick two large googly eyes onto the paper plate.
- Create the spider’s mouth by drawing a semi-circle onto white card with a red marker pen and colour it. Then cut the mouth out.
- Stick the mouth to the paper plate using PVA glue.
- Create a leaf for the top of the pumpkin by drawing a hand shape onto a piece of green card, or as above, use your child’s hand for this. Cut the hand shape out.
- Stick the hand to the back of the paper plate with masking tape.
- Twist a green pipe cleaner around one of the marker pens to create a spiral, then remove.
- Stick the pipe cleaner to the back of the paper plate with masking tape.
- Draw two triangle shapes for eyes, and a spikey shape for a mouth onto black card. Cut these out.
- Stick the shapes onto the paper plate with PVA glue.
- Draw a hat shape onto a piece of A4 black card and cut out.
- Fold together some orange tissue paper and cut thin strips into it. Make sure you leave about 1cm uncut at the top of the tissue paper so it can be stuck to the hat.
- Secure the tissue paper to the witches hat with either double-sided tape or masking tape.
- Position your hat onto your paper plate and then stick it in place with double-sided tape.
- Stick googly eyes onto the paper plate with PVA glue.
- To make the witch’s nose, cut out a strip of black card. Mine was about 1cm thick and no more than 10cm long – make your nose as big or small as you want.
- Fold the card for the nose in half and half again and then stick a piece of double-sided tape to each end.
- Stick the nose in place on the paper plate.
- Create the witch’s mouth by cutting a pipe cleaner in half and bending it in the middle to make a ‘V’ shape.
- Stick the mouth to the paper plate with either PVA glue or double-sided tape.
- Make a spider for the witch’s hat by cutting a pipe cleaner into 5 equal lengths.
- Hold 4 sections equally together and twist them in the middle so it looks like 4 legs at each side.
- Make the spider’s body by twisting the remaining piece of pipe cleaner around the twisted middle part.
- Stick 2 little googly eyes onto the body of the spider with PVA glue.
- Stick the spider to the hat with either PVA glue or double-sided tape.
So those are our Halloween Paper Plate Crafts.
Not only is a fun activity for the kids to get involved in, but you could use the paper plates as part of your Halloween decorations by hanging them around the house.
What would your Halloween paper plate design be? I’d love to try out some more designs.