Looking for fun ways to keep your kids occupied this Halloween? Try this Halloween paper plate craft for kids! It’s super cute AND they’ll get some fine motor skills practice!
My girls LOVE doing crafts, so I’m always trying to come up with new art projects for them to do, especially when the holidays roll around! And this cute paper plate craft is the perfect activity to add to your Halloween bucket list!
Here’s how to make it:
To make this super cute Halloween paper plate craft you will need:
- white paper plate
- colored craft paper – like construction paper or card stock
- 4 popsicle sticks
- fine tip Sharpie or other black marker
- free printable Halloween paper plate craft PDF template – Download it down below!
How to Make the Paper Plate Halloween Craft
Here’s how to make this super cute, moveable Halloween craft with a paper plate and construction paper:
Step 1: Print the paper plate craft template.
First you need to print the template for the Halloween figures. The template comes in both a black and white version (to use with colored craft papers) and a colored version that you can just cut out as is.
Click HERE to download the Black and White Halloween Template
Click HERE to download the Colored Halloween Template
For the colored template, I recommend printing on white card stock or heavier weight printer paper (like 28 – 32 lb.) because then your Halloween figures will be sturdier. Also, if you use the colored template, you’ll save yourself some cutting because you will only need to cut each colored piece out of the template. Then, you can move on to step 3.
Step 2: Trace and cut out all of the Halloween figures (haunted house, witch, cat, spider).
Next, you need to use the template to cut out all of the pieces for each Halloween figure.
If you are using the black and white template, cut out each piece of the template and trace onto the corresponding colored paper. Then, cut the pieces out of the colored papers.
If you are using the colored Halloween template, simply cut the pieces out and you’re ready to move on to step 3.
Step 3: Glue all of the Halloween figure pieces together.
Next it’s time to glue the pieces together to form the ghost, haunted house, witch, cat, pumpkins, and spider.
Here is a diagram of what each should look like once you’re done:
After you glue the pieces together, you will also need to draw a few details on to some of the characters using the black fine tip marker:
- Haunted House – Draw black bars on the windows of the haunted house, or you can also glue on thin black strips of paper if you prefer.
- Black Cat – Use the black marker to draw the cat’s eyeballs inside the yellow pieces.
- Ghost – Draw the eyes and mouth on the ghost.
- Spider – Draw a small black dot inside each of the red paper circles for the spider’s eyes.
- Witch – Draw eyes and a mouth on the witch’s face.
Step 4: Glue the black cat, ghost, spider, and witch on to popsicle sticks.
Glue each of the Halloween characters on to its own popsicle stick towards the top, leaving enough space at the bottom of the stick to use as a handle.
Set the haunted house and the pumpkins to the side. These pieces will be used in the next step.
Here’s what your Halloween popsicle stick puppets should look like now:
Step 5: Prep the paper plate for your Halloween craft.
Next, it’s time to get your paper plate ready for the moveable craft.
- Cut slits on the plate – one at the bottom edge and one at the top edge. If you look closely, you can see the slits in the plate in the photo above.
- Then, cut a piece of colored paper in a circle to match the size of your paper plate.
- Glue the haunted house and pumpkins inside the paper plate.
Step 6: Place the characters through the slits of your Halloween paper plate craft.
Gently slide the Halloween characters on the popsicle sticks through the top and bottom slits of the paper plate, and then you’re done!
Hold on to the bottoms of the popsicle sticks and move the characters around the Halloween scene.
Watch the Halloween Paper Plate Craft in Action!
The awesome thing about this paper plate Halloween craft is that it MOVES! Here’s a little video to show you how the finished craft should look:
Other Halloween Crafts and Activities for Kids
If you need more Halloween craft and activity ideas, check out these posts:
Witch Hat Popsicle Stick Halloween Crafts – These cute witch hat crafts use the larger craft sticks and patterned Halloween scrapbook paper. Or, you can replace the patterned paper with a picture of your child in his or her Halloween costume and add a magnet on the back for a fun keepsake!
Halloween Hug Bookmarks – These cute Halloween bookmark crafts actually “hug” your book pages! Great for encouraging your kids to read this October!
Free Printable Halloween Scavenger Hunt – While not a craft, this Halloween scavenger hunt is still a SUPER fun activity to do with your kids this October! Just print the checklist, and walk around your neighborhood looking for the decorations on the list!
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