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Paper Plate Flower Craft

Cute, fun paper plate craft you can make with the kids! It can do for a lovely weekend activity for the little ones.

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Have you ever thought about how underrated paper plates are as a craft supply? I certainly have, and this DIY project is my case for using them more!

Combine a 2D summertime scene with 3D flowers for your little one’s new favorite wall decoration.

kids paper plate DIY

Or maybe you’re a preschool teacher in need of your next great activity! This will fill your classroom with happiness, and it gives the kids an adorable souvenir in honor of their hard work.

All the supplies you’ll need for this DIY are easy to find in any home or classroom. So, all you need to do is grab them all, pull up a chair with the kids, and get creating!

diy paper plate craft

What You’ll Need

  • Paper plate
  • Green craft stick (or dyed lolly stick)
  • Glue
  • Construction paper
  • Acrylic paint
  • Markers
  • Pencil
  • Pen
  • Scissors
  • Brush
  • Safety cutter

paper plate and crafting supplies

How to Make This Paper Plate Flower Craft

Here’s a step-by-step tutorial on how to get creative with your paper plates.

 

Step 1

Let’s start by assembling our tools of the trade. You can use any kind of medium for this, so stick with what your kids are comfortable with. I switched between markers, paper, and paints.

pencil drawing on paper plate

Step 2

Start by sketching the clouds and the land, using the paper plate’s curve to add some dimension to the ground. If you’ve got young kids, you can do this part for them and let them handle the coloring.

painting clouds on paper plate

Step 3

Speaking of coloring, it’s time to bring the scene to life! Grab the paint, markers, or paper and use them to fill in the clouds. Encourage your kids to experiment and be creative with the mediums.

cutting out clouds from paper

Step 4

Pick up a brush or marker and do the same thing for the land. I went with brown soil for my scene, but really, the ground can be any color your kid wants. Who says plants don’t grow on alien worlds?

painting ground on paper plate

Step 5

Let there be light! That’s right, it’s time to add the Sun.

I used some yellow construction paper for mine, then added the rays with a yellow marker for a 2D/3D effect.

glueing sun on paper plate

Step 6

Now, we need to give our plant roots. Mark the point where the flowers’ stem will start, then help your child draw a root system down into the soil. This is a great chance to educate them about plants too!

painting tree roots

Step 7

Here’s where it gets fascinating. Whip out your craft knife and cut a notch into the paper plate right where the root system hits the soil’s top. Make sure it’s wide enough for the flowers to fit!

cutting hole in paper plate

Step 8

Time to create our beautiful flowers. Your “stem” will be a popsicle stick, so all you need to do is make the leaves and blooms.

You can cut them out from the colored paper or simply draw them with a white paper marker and cut them out.

flower craft supplies

craft supplies to make flowers

Step 9

Once you have the components, simply help your child assemble them onto the “stem” and glue them down. I find these flowers look best when layered, so experiment to find the right look for you!

completed popsicle stick flower

If your kids aren’t the biggest fan of flowers, they can always create any other vegetation. I tried out a tree in the photo below, but really, they can make vegetables, a fruit tree, or even a whole forest.

Encourage them to use their imagination with this one!

popsicle stick flower and tree

Step 10

Once the glue on your flower (or tree) has dried, help your child gently guide it through the notch in the paper plate. Don’t glue it in place, though! You’ll see why later.

flower on paper plate craft

Step 11

Next up, it’s time for your little one to add themselves into the mix! Help them draw themselves into the scene, making sure they’re holding a watering can in the same direction as the plant.

drawing people

I drew a few examples above and colored them in. Draw some inspiration from the below (see what I did there?) or do your own thing. It’s up to you and the little one!

coloured in drawings on people

Step 12

Carefully cut out the drawing, spread a thin layer of glue on the back, and affix the new addition to the paper plate. Draw some blue drops coming out of the watering can to complete the look.

cut out of people drawings

So, why is our vegetation on a popsicle stick, and why don’t we glue it in place? Well, that’s because this is actually a kid craft project and an educational tool all wrapped up in one!

attach popsicle stick to back on plate

By moving the stick up and down through the paper plate’s notch, your child can make it look like they’re growing their very own plant!

flowers "growing"

This is a great way to teach them about how plants grow. You can explain how plants need nutrients from the soil, freshwater, and sunlight to grow healthy and strong. It’s a great educational tool!

completed flower craft

paper plate craft with tree

Other Crafts for Kids

If you’re on the hunt for some other kid-friendly craft projects, I’ve got you covered. Here are just a few of the articles on CraftsyHacks dedicated to helping kids get creative:

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Paper Plate Flower Craft

paper plate flower craft

This DIY paper plate craft is a great educational tool. On top of that, it’s just a fun kid craft to make.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 50 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Difficulty Easy

Materials

  • Paper plate
  • Green craft stick (or dyed lolly stick)
  • Construction paper
  • Acrylic paint
  • Markers

Tools

  • Pencil
  • Pen
  • Scissors
  • Brush
  • Safety cutter
  • Glue

Instructions

  1. Raid your art cupboard for all the required supplies!
  2. Start by sketching out the clouds and the land, then filling them in as you like. I used paint and paper, but you can use any method you want.
  3. Create a Sun for your scene. Once again, I used paper for the Sun and a marker for the rays, but you can do it however you choose.
  4. Using a craft knife, slice a notch into the paper plate wide enough for your plant to fit through.
  5. Either cut flower and leaf shapes out of colored paper or draw them on white paper before cutting them out.
  6. Assemble the leaves and blooms onto your prepared popsicle stick. You can make a tree, a vegetable plant, a fruit tree, absolutely anything you like!
  7. Gently insert the completed plant through the notch.
  8. Finally, help your child sketch and color themselves in (make sure they're holding a watering can!).
  9. Cut them out, then glue them directly next to the 3D vegetation.
  10. Now that you're done, you can use this paper plate as a tool to explain how plants grow!
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