Paper Plate Animals
Crafts,  Messy Play

Paper Plate Animals

Molly loves messy play, getting the paints out and basically making a massive mess with whatever she can get her hands on. She also loves animals – looking at them, not actually going anywhere near them because she’s a bit of a scaredy cat when it comes to animals, like her mama!  Instead of just slapping a load of paints on the paper like our usual messy play sessions, we decided to attempt to make some paper plate animals. These are so simple and fun to make and are a great craft to do with kids of all ages. Here is what we did:



(These can be changed depending on what you’re making and your design)

  • Paper Plates
  • Poster Paints
  • Paint Brushes
  • Scissors
  • Toilet Roll Tube
  • Pipe Cleaners
  • Flat Back Beads
  • Glitter
  • Paper
  • Tissue Paper
  • PVA Glue
  • Ribbon
  • Pom Poms


Before attempting anything I asked Molly what animals she wanted to make. She said a butterfly, a fish, a cat, a tiger and a dinosaur. We also made a jellyfish because I came across some tissue paper and wanted to use it for something!

I distracted Molly with her toys while I prepared all of the materials; we all know what impatient toddlers are like don’t we!



*remember to always supervise young children when crafting

  1. Paint the paper plates the base colour needed for each animal and then let them dry
  2. Paint your animal design onto each plate and allow to dry
  3. Apply any glitter/pipe cleaners / googly eyes etc. you are using in your design


Our Paper Plate Animals Designs



We painted the paper plate orange and then painted on some black stripes and a black nose/mouth. We made the eyes by cutting out some white paper and sticking them on the plate.



Molly wanted a black cat so she got to work painting it. Once it was dry I cut eye holes into it so she could use it as a mask too. We used pipe cleaners for the whiskers, a pom pom for the nose and made the ears out of paper. The mouth and top detail were made using glitter.



We painted this plate purple and once dry I cut out a triangle shape for the mouth. I used the triangle I had cut out for the tail. We used paper to make the eye and flat back beads for the detailing.



I cut a paper plate in half for this and Molly painted it green.We made spikes and the dinosaurs head out of paper and painted them green too. Once dry we stuck them onto the paper plate. We painted a toilet roll tube green for the legs and when it was dry I cut it in half. We sprinkled gold and green glitter all over the dinosaur and stuck a googly eye on it. I made some slits in the top of each half of toilet roll tube and slid the paper plate into each slit so the dinosaur could stand up.



Molly wanted a purple butterfly as well as a purple fish. Once the plate was dry I folded it in half and cut out the butterfly shape (this was the best I could do! Ha). We added detail to the butterfly with paint and glitter. To finish it off we used a pipe cleaner in the centre to make its head and body.


Jelly Fish

As with the dinosaur, we cut the paper plate in half and painted it. Whilst that was drying I cut some strips of tissue paper and found a piece of ribbon. Once the plate was dry I made a hole in the top and tied some ribbon through it. Then we stuck some tissue paper to the bottom of the plate. We gave it some googly eyes and by this point, I had had enough so it was given a simple painted smiley face!


Voila! Paper plate animals


Molly was very happy with how they turned out; as was I, even if I am still finding glitter everywhere a week later. There are so many animals we have yet to make so this could keep us going for a while.

Next time I think I might stick some craft sticks to the bottom of the plates as a handle, and maybe cut eye holes in them all so Molly can hold onto them and play with them a little easier.


Thanks for reading,


Sam x


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