Paper Plate Animals | Quick and Easy

Paper Plate Animals | Quick and Easy

I always have lots of ideas of crafts that I could do with the kids.  My idea this weekend was to do crafts centred around the weather.  Since the storm last week, the kids have been obsessing over the weather so I thought it would be perfect.

However, as with most four-year-old’s they had other ideas! They wanted to make animals.  A giraffe and a zebra to be exact.  Which completely threw my careful plans out of the window!

Seeing, as the masters of the house were doing the crafts though, I thought I should oblige.  I then thought that finger puppets would be a good idea to make, kids love them right?  Wrong, apparently my two thought that would be too small.  They wanted to make bigger, bigger animals than that.

Anyway, after a lot of me going through the craft box to figure out what on earth we were going to do, I remembered that we had paper plates in the cupboard.  LOTS OF THEM!  All left over from the boys birthday party.  Then an idea was formed.

Paper plate animals

Everyone has paper plates left over from birthday parties don’t they?

Paper Plate Animals

What you will need:

  • paper plates
  • pens
  • googly eyes (again, I know we are obsessed)
  • scissors
  • coloured paper
  • glue stick

This task was actually pretty easy, and despite my panic of not knowing what to do with the kids, it all worked out ok.  The zebra was the easiest, we had white paper plates so the perfect canvas to start off with.  We needed to use a crayon to colour the plate yellow, to make the giraffe though.

The next step is to add three stripes on each side of the face – black for the zebra, brown for the giraffe.

Then cut out a circle (black for zebra again and brown for the giraffe), then stick this to the bottom of the face. Then cut out the shapes to make the mouth and the nostrils and stick them on.

Draw two little circles for the eyes and stick the googly eyes on top.

Then cut out ears, colour them in and stick them on.  For the Giraffe, we also had to add some horns in, so we used pipecleaners for that, then we stuck them on too.

That was it, simple, easy and quick to do.  Why not try it at home to recreate your children’s favourite animals.




  1. 18th April 2017 / 6:49 pm

    These are awesome! I love how you can make so many things with paper plates! We have just made a tambourine using them 🙂 x #CraftyCorner

  2. Natalie | Surviving life's hurdles
    10th April 2017 / 9:37 am

    These paper plate animals are so cute and perfect for little ones. I just bought some paper plates to get crafting with so it’s good to have a few ideas to get us started! #CraftyCorner

  3. 4th April 2017 / 11:23 pm

    We always have some paper plates handy for crafts – you can use them for so many things! #craftycorner

  4. 4th April 2017 / 3:21 pm

    These look lots of fun. #CraftyCorner

  5. 3rd April 2017 / 5:58 pm

    These are fab. I love how simple these are and can make various different things from them xx

  6. 2nd April 2017 / 4:25 pm

    These are so cute. I love paper plate crafts, as does my daughter. So many possiblilities.. #CraftyCorner

  7. Caroline {Girl about townhouse}
    1st April 2017 / 7:51 pm

    This is such a great idea! I too have cupboard full of paper plates from various parties and this would be the perfect way to use them up.#CraftyCorner

  8. 1st April 2017 / 8:03 am

    I don’t think you have to worry about a googly eye obsession, I have dedicated for them at home, you never know when you’ll need one. I love these animal paper plates, I think L and will make them next week #craftycorner

  9. thismumslife
    15th March 2017 / 4:23 pm

    These are fab! And all made with things I have to hand! My children would love these, I will save for the future!

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