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Paper Plate Easter Basket
Mar 29th, 2013 by Craftylocks

 

I had fun making this one – I wanted to make something really simple that lots of ages and abilities could enjoy – this one worked for me!

You start by making a really simple basket using two paper plates and a bit of paper for a handle. Cut the top of the paper plates and face them together with a bit of paper folded to make a handle in between them as pictured. Staple the plates together with the ends of the paper handle between them.

You now have a very simple basket that could be decorated in any number of ways. Your young crafter may choose to paint or glitter or collage their basket. I chose to curl it! I curled some strips of paper by rolling them around a pen and then gluing them on to the basket. This is quite a good technique to teach even quite young children to do – they find it quite fun!

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Paper Plate Spider Web
Oct 10th, 2012 by Craftylocks

 

Paper plates are so versatile and make the perfect base for the web in this craft.

You will need;
A Paper plate
Silver curling ribbon
Large and small pom pom
Black card

Cut eight slits around the edge of the plate.
Slide the ribbon into one of the slits on the rim of the plate. Anchor the cut end at the back of the plate with glue or sticky tape. Take the long length of ribbon across the plate sliding it into another slit and taking it through to the back. Continue until you have a design you like and is looking like a spider’s web. Stick the loose end at the back of the plate.
Cut some legs from the black card leaving a space in the middle to glue the pom poms. Glue on the pom poms and just like that you have a spider.
Glue the finished spider to the centre of the plate and watch and see how long it takes to catch a fly – we are still waiting for ours too!
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Paper Plate Jack-O-Lantern
Sep 24th, 2012 by Craftylocks

 

This cute and friendly Jack O Lantern craft for children uses the whole paper plate, so there is no waste.

You will need;
1 Paper plate
Some black paper or card
Tissue paper in orange and green
Glue stick
Scissors

Cut a crescent shape from the top and bottom of the plate.

Trim the crescents into leaf shapes.

Tear the orange tissue into squares. Spread glue onto the plate and stick the tissue pieces on in a
random mosaic. Fold over and glue any pieces that hang over the edge of the plate.

Tear the green tissue into smaller squares than the orange tissue and glue to the leaf shapes.

Stick the leaves under the plate.

Cut the face pieces from the black paper or card and glue to the plate.

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Paper Plate Masks
Sep 15th, 2012 by Craftylocks

We have made paper plate masks for lots of occasions over the years. Because the paper plate is already the right size and shape, it is super easy to use as a base for a mask.

Most of our masks were decorated with pencils but you could use felt tip pens or paint too.
Animals have been a very popular theme in our household.
And a paper plate mask can be created by all ages!
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Paper Plate Snappy Dragon
Aug 18th, 2012 by Craftylocks

Oh, such a simple super snappy dragon, and did I mention sooo sweet too?!.

Fold the plate in half and paint it in your choice of dragon colors (my in-house experts advised green).

Paint two holders from an egg carton and glue in some paper for the eyes.

Add some lashes, a tongue and LOTS of sharp teeth.

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Paper Plate Dinosaur
Jul 26th, 2012 by Craftylocks

 

This paper plate craft appealed to me as it uses one paper plate to get all the different shapes to make the dinosaur.

Sketch the designs onto a paper plate as pictured, they do not make a lot of sense at this stage, but they are helpful in guiding which are the important parts of the plate to decorate.
Decorate the paper plate with whatever method takes your fancy. We have dabbed some different colors onto the plate, and have left the areas that will eventually be discarded as blank.
Cut the shapes out and join them up with split pins. You could also staple the pieces together but it is so much more fun with the split pin as then the legs can run.
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