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!
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!