As soon as Christmas is around the corner, everyone wants to start making things, and most kids love being able to whip up a few Christmas decorations by hand, either to brighten up the home or to gift to their classmates.
To make Christmas easier and more fun, we’ve covered some particularly simple paper plate Christmas crafts that look great and your kids will love.
Paper Plate Christmas Tree
Christmas trees are cute and bright, and making one makes a nice change from putting Santa Claus on everything. These paper plate Christmas trees are adorable and would look great lining up on the mantelpiece.
Your Christmas tree will need:
- Pom poms in a mix of sizes and colors
- Green paper plate (or white paper plate with green paint and a paintbrush)
- A ruler
- A pencil
- A peg
Step 1: Paint Your Plate If Necessary
If you can source green paper plates, you’ll be able to skip this step, but if not, you need to paint your paper plate green and let it dry before you continue with this craft.
Step 2: Cut The Plate In Half
Use your ruler to measure and draw a line halfway across the paint. Cut this in half as neatly as you can.
Step 3: Twist It Up
Take one of the halves you have just cut and help your child twist it up into a cone by rolling it in on itself and pinching one end in.
Glue the edge down to make your Christmas tree hold its shape. It can help to peg it while the glue dries, or use a fast-drying glue such as a glue gun. Staples are another option but be careful if you’re doing this with little kids.
Step 4: Decorate
Grab your pom-poms and pour out some glue. Help your child choose pom-poms and start dipping them in the glue and sticking them to the tree in random spots to represent baubles. You should stick one glittery one to the top to represent the star.
You can also add starry sequins or other sequins to the tree to build on its look. If you have any mini tinsel, this looks great too.
Help your child decorate the tree, and then set it to dry off, and you’ve got a beautiful handmade Christmas tree to decorate the mantelpiece. You can get two out of each paper plate, so these make good presents as well, and you can make different sizes by buying different paper plates.
Paper Plate Reindeer
Kids love Rudolph more than almost any other Christmas character, and making a Rudolph plate is very easy and doesn’t require many materials. Rudolph’s distinctive nose will brighten up your living room beautifully, ready and waiting for Christmas deliveries.
If you make one of these with each of your children, you could pin them to the stockings as extra decorations for Christmas morning.
For this craft, you’re going to require:
- A paper plate (in brown, or with brown paint and a paintbrush)
- Scrap white paper
- A black pen
- Brown paper
- A red pom pom
- Orange paper (optional)
Step 1: Paint Your Plate
Again, you can skip this step if you are able to source a brown paper plate, but this might be a little tricky, so you can always paint one instead. If you are painting one, let your little one have a go, but try and help them even out the paint so that you get a smooth finish.
Once the plate is painted, set it aside to dry.
Step 2: Cut Out The Eyes
While the paint is drying, you can cut out the eyes. You can use googly eyes for this reindeer plate if you prefer, but it may be hard to find any that are big enough. Paper eyes work well too.
Draw around a coin to get a good, smooth circle, and then cut them out. Your child can hold them for you.
Step 3: Stick On The Eyes
Help your child arrange the eyes on the top half of the paper plate. You can work on either the back or the front, but the back may look better.
Once you’re happy with the position, glue them into place and draw the pupils in, using your black pen.
Step 4: Add The Nose
Put a blob of glue between the eyes, a bit lower down, and get your child to stick the big red pom-pom as a nose there. You can then draw a big smile with your black pen.
Step 5: Make The Antlers
Grab your brown paper and sketch two rough antlers on it. These don’t need to be too long as they will end up being floppy.
Draw a long, thin oval with a flat base, and then add a little rounded branch on either side at different heights – this will do fine for an antler. You can make them more complicated if you want, too.
Step 6: Glue The Antlers On
Smear some glue on the top of the paper plate on the opposite side to your reindeer’s face, and then help your child carefully glue the antlers into place. Arrange them so that they are angled a little bit to the sides, rather than going straight up.
Be careful not to knock off the nose if the glue is still wet there.
Step 7: Give Him A Carrot (Optional)
Cut a triangle out of some orange paper and let your child glue it to the reindeer’s mouth. You can add some lines to it with your black pen if you want.
You’ve now got an adorable reindeer plate that you can hang up or prop on the mantelpiece.
These crafts are a perfect way to keep your little one busy during the Christmas season, and they will love showing all your visitors what fun things you’ve made. They’re inexpensive and the bits you need should be easy to source, so what could be better for Christmas craft sessions?