Summer is finally on its way! The sunshine has been out and my daughter wanted to do a summer themed activity this weekend. One of her favourite craft themes is the Ocean so she opted to make a paper plate porthole. Paper plate portholes are a lovely simple craft which look really effective, and can be adapted to make with a wide age range of children.
To make your paper plate porthole you will need – 2 paper plates, paint, glue, coloured paper and pens.
Begin by cutting out the centre of one of your paper plates.
Next paint the other (complete) paper plate blue – this will be your ocean water.
Now paint the back of the other plate (with the centre cut out). You can choose whichever colours you like. My daughter chose purple with gold and silver spots!
Pop the plates to one side to dry. Make your ocean creatures using paper and pens. We made fish, an octopus and seaweed.
When your plates are dry, glue down your ocean creatures where you would like them on the blue plate! You can add other features like air bubbles with a pen.
Finally stick down your top plate to finish off your porthole.
My daughter loved making her paper plate porthole! You can add whatever you like to your ocean scene – my little boy loves adding sharks to his ocean!
We love making things from paper plates as they are so versatile and hold endless craft opportunities! One of my favourite things to make with the little ones are paper plate crabs. They look so cute and the paper plate works really well with this craft. My kids love making these simple little crabs and I think they are a lovely craft to make now the sun is starting to shine a little more!
To make your crab you will need – paper plate, paint, felt pens and coloured paper.
Start by painting your paper plate. My daughter chose orange for her paper plate crab.
Leave the paper plate to dry. Cut out two circles from coloured paper and draw on the eyes with a felt pen.
Next fold a strip of paper (to make a concertina effect), then glue it to the back of one of the eyes. This will make the eyes pop out, giving a 3d effect! Repeat with the other eye.
Once the paper plate is dry stick the eyes on with glue and draw the crab’s mouth on with a pen. Next cut out some legs and pincers from coloured paper then glue onto your crab!
My little ones love their paper plate crabs and they are a wonderful simple activity to do. The kids even took theirs outside and played in the sunshine with them! For more animal craft ideas please take a peek here!
Today my daughter decided to make an Easter themed craft for her Dad to say Happy Easter. She didn’t want to do another Easter card so decided to make a paper plate chick. She made this craft in school a couple of years ago and she has revisited it lots of times since. I think she loves how simple and cute the chick looks! This craft is super easy and doesn’t require many materials so is very cheap to make!
To make your chick you will need – paper plate, yellow paint, orange card (or paper coloured if you have none), googly eyes, glue, paper and orange paint.
1 -Begin by painting your paper plate yellow. This will form your chicks body. Next paint your hands orange and print down onto a piece of plain paper.
2 – Whilst these are drying make a beak by cutting out a triangle on a folded piece of orange card so that it opens like a beak. We used paper which my daughter coloured in orange as we have ran out of orange card!
3 – When your paper plate and hand prints are dry cut out your hand prints and glue them on either side of your paper plate. (I stick onto the back of the plate so that it looks neater). Next stick on some googly eyes and your beak.
4 – Make your chicks legs by cutting out two strips from your orange card (or coloured paper) and fold them to form a concertina effect. Attach to the back of the plate using glue or sticky tape.
A wonderful, simple craft to make over the Easter weekend! I hope you all have a lovely Easter!
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My little boy’s birthday is fast approaching! He will be turning five next week – I honestly don’t know where the time goes. It seems to disappear faster than sand falling in an hourglass! He still feels like my baby boy, that tiny little newborn with the big blue eyes staring up at me. I try so hard to treasure each crazy moment – it goes by so quickly!
Whilst he was in school today I thought it would be a good idea to make a start on some of his party decorations. He would like an Avengers themed party so I wanted to make something to fit in with his theme. I had some Avengers gift wrap so I thought I could use that and make some superhero paper plate swirls!
I love paper plate swirls as they are so easy and look really effective. They can be so easily adapted to fit in with any kind of theme (not just the usual swirly snakes)! They are also super cheap to make which is such a bonus, as party decorations can become very expensive!
To make your superhero swirls you will need – superhero gift wrap or old comics, glue, scissors, paper plates, hole punch and thread.
Begin by covering your paper plate in your gift wrap and glueing it down.
Next, cut a spiral shape from your paper plate, starting in the centre and working your way outwards. Then punch a hole into the centre using a hole puncher.
String a piece of thread through the hole so that you can hang it up.
(If you cut your swirl wide you will get a shorter swirl than cutting it more narrow).
I think these swirls look brilliant and will add a little fun to your party! They can be adapted for any party / celebration theme by changing the gift paper you use. A simple way to make some themed party decorations!