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 Easter Bunny Basket
Mar 26th, 2013 by Craftylocks


Finding a craft that is fun to do is great – pulling your own idea together is even better!

Pippi Pipecleaners had this one pop into her head whilst sorting through easter supplies. When she showed it to me I thought that this would be a really good one for the children to make just before Easter and then sit it beside their bed ready for something to be left in it from Easter Bunny.

It is made with 2 paper plates and some white card. You could decorate it with paint or felts, but this one uses crepe paper for the pink feet and ear bits, and also to make the ‘nest’

Cut a circle from the base of one of the plates. Save the circle as you will use this for the face.

Glue the plates together so they are facing each other.

Cut two feet shapes out of the white card and glue the crepe paper toe pads in place.

Trim the circle, from the plate, to size for the bunny’s face. Cut a pair of ears and draw the face on with the black marker. Miss Pipecleaners reckons that she can’t draw at all, so a trick she uses is to google image something she need to draw – in this case a bunny face. Then she picks the one that fits her needs and confidence.

Glue the ears to the head and leave to dry.

Cut strips from the crepe paper and then pull the strips apart. Although this may seem really obvious, I had not thought of cutting crepe paper like this to make shredded style paper – I really like it!

Place in the tummy of the bunny and glue the feet in place.

Glue the head in place and fill the tummy with treats.

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Paper Plate Turkey
Oct 31st, 2012 by Craftylocks


I love that the egg carton makes a perfect face for this cool turkey decoration.

You will need a paper plate, an egg carton, 2 buttons, some cardboard, some leaves, food coloring, paint and glue

Paint the bottom of the paper plate and leave to dry.

Cut the end two cups from the egg carton including the central peak. Paint the egg carton face with food coloring.

Glue a button to the bottom of each eye.

Cut feather shapes from the card. Write the things you are thankful for on each one.

Glue the dried leaves to the plate. Glue the face in place on the plate.and glue in place.

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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 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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