I am so excited for fall this year. We’re in a place that actually has seasons, there are trees with leaves that change colors, and the wind just as a whole different feel than it did in Las Vegas. We wanted to get a jump on our Halloween crafts since October fills up really fast and we had a blast making these paper plate crafts.
I bought a pack of the ripple edged paper plates (you know, the super cheap, stereotypical paper plate? That kind!) and made 3 crafts that you can do with some markers, tape, and scissors.
Paper Plate Pumpkin
First up– The Pumpkin
This one is by far the most involved.
1. Cut the center out of at least 4 paper plates while leaving the edge unbroken. The easiest way to do this is to fold the plate in half and start cutting at the end of the ridges.
2. Color both sides of each rim and then tape the plates together.
3. Cut some accessories from construction paper to finish it off. We made a leaf and vine to give the pumpkin some depth.
4. Cut a flat spot on the bottom so that the pumpkin stands up on its own.
Boom, that took about 10 mintues so if you still have time and paper plates, move on to…
This one is ridiculously easy and can be done in about 2 minutes.
1. Draw a face in the middle of the plate.
2. Starting from the edge, cut a spiral until you get to the middle.
3. Punch a hole in the top and string some ribbon or yarn for hanging.
-Bonus- this would also be an amazing baby shower decoration. Seriously, pair it with some “tadpole” cupcakes. Just imagine it for a second.
We love making paper plate hats because they are easy and really cute.
1. Fold your paper plate in half like you did for the Pumpkin craft.
2. Cut the middle but leave the bottom portion attached. I like to leave about three inches but you do whatever works best for your design.
3. Color the middle and add some accessories. For the pumpkin hat we added a stem and vine but if you were doing a witch you could add a hat and broom or cut straw for a scarecrow.
4. Add some halloweeny words to the brim. We used Happy Halloween and Trick or Treat but you could change it up if you were doing a party or write something that matches your design.
We spent about half an hour making all of our Halloween crafts and the kids had a great time cutting and gluing the paper plates. Critter thought it was so neat that we could take a paper plate and make so many different things. Do you have any easy Halloween crafts? Share them with me! We love craft time and letting the kids go to town with paper and glue gives me a chance to catch up on some of my super important stuff like Candy Crush and staring at the wall. Wall stare is one of my favorite games but I can’t seem to get the kids on board.