8 Easy Animal Paper Plate Crafts

We love paper plate crafts for kids! It's cheap, easy and suitable for all children. There are so many fun things you can create with a bit of paint and some cutting.

You can change each step slightly to make it fit any age group. Easy paper plate crafts for toddlers, preschoolers and kids in kindergarten to follow!

See our 8 favourite animal crafts the kids can make at home with paper plates.

Chomping Crocodile Paper Plate

Have you been to the Reptile Park with the kids recently? Chances are that the crocodile feeding show was a hit! Keep that enthusiasm going with our easy to make crocodile paper plate craft.

How to make a paper plate crocodile!

You will need:

  • 2 paper plates + 1 optional for eyes

  • White and red sheet of paper (or red color)

  • Pink and green paint

  • Black marker

  • Glue

  • Scissors

  • Pencils


  • Paint the back sides of both plates green. Once the paint dries flip one plate and color it pink.

  • Fold this paper plate so that the pink side is inside.

  • Cut white paper so that you get zigzag stripes which you will use to make the teeth.

  • From red paper cut the tongue.

  • Glue teeth and tongue inside the folded paper plate.

  • Apply glue to the bottom of the folded paper plate. Glue that to the top of the other plate.

  • Time to do the eyes! Option 1 - Draw them on the plate. Option 2 - Cut them out of the edge of the 3rd plate and glue them on.

Hot tip!

Use crayons or pencils if paint is too messy for your children.

Now you have got yourself a fun looking crocodile paper plate craft!

Twirling Fox Paper Plate

We don't see many foxes in the suburbs, but the kids are sure to have fun making this adorable fox craft.

How to make a paper plate fox that twirls!

You will need:

  • Paper plate

  • Cardboard

  • Scissors

  • Brown, orange and white paint

  • Black marker

  • Glue

  • Thread


  • Paint the paper plate brown or orange on both sides.

  • Cut the head shape out of cardboard and draw in and colour all the details.

  • Cut 4 legs – Paint white and use the black marker to draw some claws.

  • After the paint on the paper plate dries cut it into a spiral. You can paint the tip on the outside of the spiral white to get the tip of the fox’s tail.

  • Fold the last/middle spiral upwards (you’ll glue the head here).

  • Glue on the paws and the head. You can glue the thread between the head and the spiral here or use sticky tape later on.

  • Let it dry and then hang out in the breeze!

Hot tip!

Use old cereal boxes instead of craft cardboard to save some coin.

Now you have got yourself a fun looking fox paper plate craft!

Funky Monkey Paper Plate

Kids love monkeys! They are silly, energetic and like to have fun. Sounds a lot like kids don't you think? Have a blast with your little monkeys and try out this fun paper plate craft.

How to make a paper plate monkey!

You will need:

  • Two paper plates

  • Brown paper

  • Beige paper

  • Brown paint

  • Glue

  • Scissors

  • Pencils

  • Black marker


  • Paint the paper plates brown.

  • Leave one as is. Trim the other by cutting the edge and leaving the ears (you can glue these on later if you prefer)

  • Glue the paper plates together.

  • Have the kids trace their hands on the brown paper and cut the hand prints.

  • Cut the monkey face shape and draw the facial expression. Let’s make a silly monkey!

  • Cut 4 strips of brown paper for the legs and arms and one swirly one for the tail.

  • Glue it all together and you’re done!

Hot tip!

You can naturally add a banana to complete the look.

Now you have got yourself a fun looking Monkey paper plate craft!

Tiny Turtle Paper Plate

Paper plates are just begging to be turned into this fascinating reptile. It's the right shape so half the work is done for you!

How to make a paper plate turtle!

You will need:

  • Paper plates

  • Scissors

  • Markers, Crayons or Pencils

  • Green paper

  • Googly eyes

  • Glue


  • To make the large parent turtle, use a regular, full size paper plate. To make a smaller turtle, cut the center out of a regular size paper plate.

  • Use the center, smaller circle for your child turtle. Colour the turtle shell with crayons or pencils. No need to stick to one colour only here.

  • Cut out a head, four legs and a tail with scissors and green construction paper.

  • Glue them onto the underside of the shell.

  • Add googly eyes to the head.

Hot tip!

Googly eyes can pose a chocking risk to young children. Draw them on instead!

Now you have got yourself a fun looking turtle paper plate craft!

Black Cat Paper Plate

Whether Halloween is approaching or you just like cuddly cats. Have fun making this easy paper plate cat all year round.

How to make a paper plate cat!

You will need:

  • 2 paper plates

  • Black paint

  • Brush (we love sponge brushes)

  • Scissors

  • Glue

  • Yellow, pink and white paper or paint


  • Paint the paper plates black.

  • Let the paint dry before you continue.

  • Take one of the paper plates and start cutting the edge off.

  • You can cut a circle or a cat head with ears on it. Ears can be cut and glued separately.

  • Cut two big eyes out of yellow paper and glue them on the head.

  • Draw eye details with black marker.

  • Cut a pink nose and ear details and glue them on their places.

  • Apply a generous amount of glue on the top of the other paper plate.

  • Make the cat tail out of “leftovers” from the edge of the first paper plate.

  • Glue it on the cat’s body.

  • Do the same for the cat legs.

  • For the older kids - Cut thin strips of white paper and glue it on the cat’s head to make whiskers. For the younger kids - Paint or draw white whiskers on.

Hot tip!

Sponge brushes can paint large surfaces relatively quickly. Give it a try!

Now you have got yourself a fun looking cat paper plate craft!

Leaf Echidna Paper Plate

Did you know that these spiked mammals don't have teeth? They use their tongues instead! This fun and easy craft is sure to get them thinking about these fascinating creatures.

How to make a paper plate echidna!

You will need:

  • 1 paper plate

  • Fallen leaves

  • Light brown paint

  • Paintbrush

  • Googly eyes

  • Black marker

  • Scissors

  • White school glue


  • Paint the paper plate brown and let it dry.

  • Cut it in half.

  • Glue the halves together. This will allow for the hedgehog to stand on its own.

  • Mark the head area (to keep it leaf-free).

  • Apply a generous amount of glue and start sticking on leaves.

  • Let each layer of leaves set for a bit.

  • Time for the details! Stick on two googly eyes and draw a nose and mouth.

Hot tip!

We like this Echidna craft best for Autumn when the leaves start to fall! However, you can look under any tree to find an assortment of fallen leaves all year round.

Now you have got yourself a fun looking echidna paper plate craft!

Bunny Butt Paper Plate

This bunny craft idea is sure to bring out lots of smiles and giggles. We think this is great craft idea for Easter as it’s easy and fun. Now to get the kids to concentrate after learning they will be making bunny butts. Warning: Jokes are unavoidable.

How to make a paper plate bunny butt!

You will need:

  • 1 large white paper plate

  • Grey paint

  • Paintbrush

  • Pencil

  • Grey construction paper

  • Pink construction paper

  • Scissors

  • Glue stick or white glue

  • 1 large white pom pom or cotton ball


  • Paint the front of the paper plate with the grey paint. Set aside to dry.

  • Draw 2 bunny paws on the grey construction paper.

  • Cut out 2 large circles (approx 3 inches in diameter) from the pink paper.

  • Glue each circle in the middle of each paw.

  • Cut out 6 small oval shapes, about 1 inch long.

  • Glue an oval shape on top of each bunny “toe.”

  • Apply glue to the back of each bunny paw and place towards the bottom of the paper plate. One on the left side and one on the right side. The toes should be facing down and outwards. Press down for 10-15 seconds.

  • Apply glue to the middle of the plate and place the large cotton ball on top. Press down for 10-15 seconds.

Hot tip!

Don’t have all the supplies? You can easily switch up a few.

Use paper instead of paper plates and have the kids cut into circles.

Use white paper or tissue paper for bunny tail instead of cotton ball.

Pink paint instead of pink construction paper works out just as fun.

Now you have got yourself a fun looking bunny butt paper plate craft!

Bumble Bee Paper Plate

Keep your little worker bees busy with this easy paper plate craft. Honey bees are important pollinators for flowers, fruits and vegetables. This means that they help other plants grow! Use this craft to teach kids about the important role bees play in our ecosystem.

How to make a paper plate bee!

You will need:

  • 2 paper plates

  • Black craft foam sheets

  • White and black paint

  • Scissors

  • Yellow craft paint

  • Paint brush


  • Paint one of your paper plates yellow and let dry.

  • Cut the other white plate in half

  • From your black foam sheets cut the following: Three 1/2″ wide strips the width of your plate. Small triangle for the stinger. Half a large oval. Two 3 x 1/2″ strips and two small circles to go on top for antennas

  • Glue one white paper plate half onto each back side of your yellow plate.

  • Glue your long black strips across the yellow plate for the bee’s stripes.

  • Glue your half oval on the top of the plate and glue the antennas onto the oval.

  • Draw your bee’s eyes under the top of the bee’s head with your white and black paint.

Hot tip!

Set up your paint area with old newspaper to save time cleaning up.

Now you have got yourself a fun looking bee paper plate craft!

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