Halloween might just be our most creative time of year. If you aren’t busy building a costume, carving a pumpkin, or painting faces, you might well be decorating your house – and if so, you’re bound to love Halloween paper plate crafts.
These are simple, cheap, and you can get as inventive as you like. You may already have most of the supplies at home, or you can easily get them from craft stores. Make your home look spectacularly spooky with these paper plates.
Paper Plate Ghostie
Paper plate ghosties are a great addition to your Halloween decor, and they won’t require much work – the plate is already white!
For a paper plate ghost, you’ll need:
- Two paper plates, one large and one small (or several of this pairing if you want to really haunt your house)
- A black marker
- Clear fishing line
- White tissue (optional)
Step 1: Draw The Face
Take your smaller paper plate and your black marker pen, and draw a spooky (or smiley, silly, happy) face on it.
Step 2: Cut The Larger Plate
Next, you’re going to cut the larger paper plate into a spiral. You can be as detailed or simple as you like here, choosing a really thin spiral that winds round and round, or a thick one that you can cut in seconds. Just don’t make it so thin that the paper will tear.
Step 3: Glue The Two Parts Together
Glue the middle of your spiral plate to the back of your little plate. Once the glue has dried, punch a hole in the top of the head (it’s okay, he’s a ghost already!) and hang it using some fishing line. The ghost will swirl beautifully in any breeze!
Step 4: Add Tissue Paper (Optional)
If you want your ghost to look a little more otherworldly, you can tear some long strips of tissue paper and glue them to the plate’s edges and the spiral. Like ghostly tendrils, these will sway and twirl, and give your ghost nice movement. However, this isn’t needed; the ghost will look great without.
If you’re really keen, try adding some color tints to your ghost’s tissue paper to make it pale blue or even dripping red blood.
Paper Plate Bat And Moon
Bats couldn’t really get more Halloween-y, and this is a great craft to do with little ones. This mobile is perfect for giving the impression of a bat swooping over your guests’ heads.
For this craft, you’re going to need:
- Two paper plates (more, if you want a flock of bats)
- White paper
- Googly eyes
- Yellow and black paint
- Clear fishing wire
- A black marker
Step 1: Drawing The Patterns
On one plate, draw a semi-circle across the middle of the plate (approximately; it’s not important to be too accurate here). This is your moon. In the other half of the plate, draw a star.
On the second plate, draw a strip down the middle of the plate, about four centimeters wide. This is the bat’s body. Draw a wing on either side of this body.
Cut around these templates, and you’re well on your way to a batmobile!
Step 2: Paint The Plates
Paint the moon and star cutouts yellow, and the bat black. You will want to paint both sides of the plates as the mobile is going to hang, so both will be visible as it turns.
Step 3: Make The Bat Body
Take the strip of the body and gently curve it around to the front of the bat. Glue it in place and wait for it to dry (it may help to use some pegs or safety clips here so you don’t have to hold it).
Cut the end of the strip to create some ears, by cutting a little triangle at each edge, and then trimming a gentle curve between the two to shape the bat’s head.
Step 4: Add The Bat’s Face
Glue your googly eyes to your bat, and then use the scrap paper to cut out some little teeth and glue these on. You can add some little blood drops with a red pen if you like. Your bat is coming together!
Step 5: Add The Fishing Line
Punch a little hole in the top of your bat and tie the fishing line through so you can hang your bat up. Add the moon and star just above or below the bat, and hey presto, you’ve got a scary bat swooping through the moon and stars! You can of course make just stars or even just bats in a dark flock of terror to menace your guests.
If you want a really spooky ornament for your wall or to hang above the heads of your guests and make them feel they are permanently being watched, a paper plate eyeball is a great addition to any Halloween decorations.
To make a spooky eyeball, you’re going to need:
- A large white paper plate
- Tissue paper in whatever color you would like the iris to be
- Black paper
- A red marker
Step 1: Tear Up The Tissue Paper
Tear the tissue into small squares and chunks, and then use these to build the iris in the center of your paper plate. You probably want to use the underside of the plate, and you could draw yourself a rough circle to use as a guide.
Step 2: Cut Out A Pupil
Draw and then cut a circle from the black card and glue it in the middle of the iris. You can add a little spot of white paint or paper to make the eye look shiny.
Step 3: Draw Red Veins
Grab your red pen and draw some veins coming from the colored iris toward the edge of the plate. Squiggly lines that split into one or two places and run to the edge should look great. Try not to overdo this; you can always add more later.
Hey presto, you’ve got a creepy stare ready to be hung up!
Paper Plate Spiders
What’s a Halloween celebration without spiders? You can have great fun here and get as creative as you like. This is a cool craft to do with kids too, and you can either hang these little fellas up with some fake cobwebs or dangle them in doorways to prey on the heads of unsuspecting passersby.
Your spooky spiders will require:
- Two paper plates per spider
- Paint in whatever color(s) you want your spider(s) to be
- Plenty of googly eyes
- Pipe cleaners
- A paintbrush
- A glue gun
- Thread or yarn
Step 1: Paint The Plate
Paint your two paper plates in whatever color you choose (who says spiders have to be black?) on the bottom sides, and leave them to dry. Acrylic paints are best for this, as they will give you nice, bright colors and an even look.
If you don’t want to paint your spider, you could tear up some paper or tissue paper and glue it on instead, but this may give you a slightly patchier look.
Step 2: Glue The Plates Together And Add Legs
Cut your pipe cleaners in half, and bend them to create convincing spidery legs.
Glue your two paper plates together with the painted sides facing out, leaving some gaps for the legs. Poke the legs in through the edges and add more glue to the edges to ensure they are well fixed in place. Bend the legs about a bit more, making your spidery shape perfect.
Step 3: Glue The Googly Eyes
Grab eight googly eyes and arrange them on the “face” of the spider. You could use glow-in-the-dark googly eyes for even more effect, or crazy colors to brighten them up. Selecting several different sizes is also very effective.
Step 4: Hang Your Spider Up
Punch a hole at the top of your spider’s body and thread some yarn through its body, and then hang it up. These plates will look particularly good with fake cobwebs trailing around them, possibly even hanging down from their legs.
Paper Plate Frankenstein’s Monster
For a last, super simple paper plate craft, let’s create a Frankenstein’s Monster. These are really simple, so they’re perfect if you’ve got kids who would like to get involved. They also only require half a paper plate, so you can make several without burning through your paper plate stash too fast!
You will require:
- A paper plate
- Green tissue
- Black paper
Step 1: Cover The Plate
Cut your paper plate in half and cover it in green squares of tissue paper to create Frankenstein’s Monster’s iconic skin. It doesn’t need to be perfect, and you can glue on a few other colors if you want to create a patchy, moldering effect.
Step 2: Cut Out The Features
You’ll want some tufts of black hair, some little round eyes, a choppy mouth, and two bolts for either side of the head. The mouth should look scary, either stitched or with jagged teeth. You could also make the eyes slanted to make them aggressive.
Step 3: Glue The Face On
Glue the eyes and mouth in place, and then add the hair. You could also give your little Frankenstein’s Monster eyebrows. Glue the bolts to either side of the paper plate, and you’ve finished a great Frankenstein’s Monster plate, perfect for decorating the table or door with!
Paper Plate Bat In The Graveyard
This is one of the more complicated things you can do with a paper plate, so if you’re up for a challenge, let’s get started!
You are going to need:
- Black paper plate
- Black paper
- White paper
- Blue paint and a paintbrush
- Two craft sticks, thin ones if possible
- White pen
Step 1: Sketch Some Scenery On Your Black Paper
You are going to want to create two little bats, and a hill or two for them to fly over. Draw around your paper plate to give yourself a size guide, and then draw the bats and hills inside this circle.
You will also want to draw a couple of gravestones.
Step 2: Cut Out Your Scene
Once you’re happy with the shapes, cut them all out and set them aside.
Step 3: Paint The Inside Of Your Paper Plate
Get your blue paint and carefully paint the inner circle of your paper plate. You should only paint the very bottom part, leaving a black rim around the top of the paper plate.
Step 4: Cut Slits In The Sides Of The Plate
Now, you are going to cut a slit in the paper plate for your craft sticks to poke through. You can position these wherever you like on the plate; you will want one for each bat.
If you put one of the slits at the bottom, you will be able to make a bat fly up and down, while a slit in the side will let you wiggle the bat from side to side. Have a think about which you would prefer (or do both).
Step 5: Glue In Your Scenery
Glue the hills and gravestones into place on the plate. If you have a slit at the bottom of the plate, you want to leave a gap behind your hill so that the craft stick will be able to slide in and out easily. Just don’t stick the hill down too firmly. This will serve to hide the stick nicely and will still let it move around.
Step 6: Paint The Sticks Blue
Paint your craft sticks the same blue as your background and then glue your bats to the end of them. Slide them into place so that the bats are now in your scene and can be moved around.
Step 7: Add The Details
Use your white pen to add details to the bats’ faces, or the tombstones if you want. You can also add some stars to the sky.
Step 8: Add A Moon
Cut a large moon out of the white paper and glue it to one of the upper corners of your scene. You now have a great bat craft that is much more exciting and challenging than most paper plate crafts, with moving parts in it!
You can make several of these to create a full bat-infested graveyard, and add other details like clouds drifting overhead. Perfect for a spooky Halloween and it’s a great craft for older kids to help out with.
Paper Plate Witch Hat
A paper plate witch hat is another very inventive way to turn a paper plate into a Halloween decoration – and wearable decoration at that! You can have a lot of fun with this and kids will love adding it to their costumes.
For this craft, you’re going to require:
- 1 Paper plate
- 1 Party hat
- Black paint
- Decorative items
Step 1: Paint Your Plate And Hat
You want both the plate and the hat to be a really solid black. Get your child to paint one component while you paint the other, and then swap so you get a couple of coats.
Don’t forget to put down newspaper, dress your kid in old clothes, and add an apron if you’re going to use acrylic paints for this.
You may find that the hat needs to be turned inside out (if this is possible) in order to paint it well, as many party hats are shiny cards on the outside, and the paint won’t stick to this. If you haven’t got a party hat, you can just make a cone out of cardboard.
Step 2: Draw Around The Hat
Put the hat on the paper plate and draw around it with a pencil. Draw another circle a couple of centimeters smaller inside this one, and then get your scissors in there and cut neatly around the inner circle (not the larger one).
Step 3: Cut Slits In The Hat
Cut some slits of around 4-6 centimeters all around the bottom of the hat, but be careful not to cut through the elastic that holds the hat on your head. Once you’ve gone all the way around the edge, bend these flaps outward so that the hat has a flat base.
Step 4: Fit The Hat To The Plate
Slot the hat into the hole you made on the plate. You might have to cut off a little bit more of your circle, but it should fit pretty well.
Pull the elastic through and make sure it’s hanging down under the plate. Next, get your kid to help you tape or glue all the flaps to the underside of the plate, nice and securely. Let the glue dry if you use glue.
Step 5: Touch Up And Decorate
You might need to touch up the paintwork where you’ve been cutting, but otherwise, your hat is ready to decorate!
You can use anything to decorate your hat, but here are some cool ideas your kids will love.
Rubber spiders are a great option. You could even have one hanging down from the front of the paper plate brim on a little black thread. Alternatively, get some fake spider web and wind it around at the top of the hat, and set little spiders in it. The web will help them stand out against the black hat.
You could also buy some Halloween-themed stickers, such as little ghosts or pumpkins. This is great for little kids who want to decorate their hats.
You could use some bright yarn to create a web between the hat’s peak and its brim by punching a couple of holes and weaving the thread through. Add a spider to the center and you’ve got a great spidery look.
You may have your own ideas on how to decorate based on what you’ve got to hand – that’s great! Go crazy and make your hat look amazing.
If you used cardboard to make your hat cone, don’t forget to add a little piece of elastic so that it will stay on your child’s head, otherwise, the top-heavy hat will just keep falling off.
Paper Plate Wreath
Wreaths are a great way to decorate your doors on any holiday, and Halloween wreaths can be easily made with paper plates. This is a fantastic craft for younger kids, and you can have as much fun as you like decorating and perfecting your wreath. Get a whole collection going for every door in the house!
For this craft, you’re going to require:
- 1 paper plate (per wreath, so more if you want to up the decoration ante)
- Orange, green, and black tissue paper
- Hanging ribbon
- Decorative items
- Red, black and blue pens
- Hole punch
- Thin thread
Step 1: Cut Out The Center Of The Paper Plate
Grab your scissors and cut out the middle of the paper plate so you can make the wreath using the outside. This doesn’t really need to be too neat, as you are going to hide most of it behind tissue paper anyway. Keep the center of the plate for later use.
While you are cutting, get your child to tear up some squares of tissue paper in the three different colors.
Step 2: Scrunch Up The Tissue And Add It To The Plate
Next is something your child will really enjoy – scrunching the tissue. You can do this as much as you like, creating tight little balls or loose, trailing strands, or a mixture. It’s totally up to you and your kid, depending on the look you’d like to achieve.
Once your tissue is scrunched, grab your glue and spread a ring around the plate wreath. You should also add a little pool of glue to a dish so that you and your child can dip the tissue paper in the glue and then stick it to the wreath.
You can just add a thicker ring of glue to the wreath if you’d rather not be dipping in glue (as this can get messy), but make sure that the tissue is properly stuck.
Step 3: Decorate And Tie A Ribbon On
Add rubber spiders, fake cobwebs, stickers, or anything else you like to decorate the wreath – or leave it plain if you like the tissue look.
Either punch a hole in the top of your wreath or just tie the ribbon through the center of your paper plate so that you can hang it up on the door. Choose a ribbon in nice Halloween colors, or one that is thin and won’t detract from your design. You can tuck it under the tissue paper to hide it if necessary.
Step 4: Eyeball Center
Grab the center of the paper plate that you cut out earlier, and draw a circle on it. Cut this out; you’re going to help your child turn it into a spooky eyeball for the center of the wreath.
Draw an iris using your blue pen, and a pupil using the black, leaving a little white circle to make the eye look shiny. Next, let your child color in the iris, and then add bloodshot veins running from the edge of the iris to the edge of the circle. You may want to decorate both sides if your child has the patience.
Punch a hole at the top of the eyeball and thread it onto some thin cotton. Now, make a small hole at the top of your wreath’s inner circle and tie the cotton through it, attaching the eyeball in the middle.
This eyeball can stare at all your guests as they enter the house, giving them a great Halloween-y scare!
Halloween is a great time to have fun with crafts and fill your home with all sorts of spooky, fun monsters to frighten your guests and thrill your friends. You can get as creative as you like, doing colorful bats, friendly ghosts, evil eyes, ominous spiders, and fierce Frankenstein Monsters.
We wish you all the best with your decorating endeavors!