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Paper Plate Easter Characters

Easter is a great holiday for families to gather together and do fun things with the kids to celebrate the coming of spring. There are several animals used to represent Easter, the most commonly known of course is the Easter Bunny, but chicks and sheep are also associated with this colorful time of year.

Paper Plate Easter Characters on

Gather the kids around the craft table to make these adorable Easter characters to decorate windows and doors. A great way to get the kids excited for the coming holiday.

You will need:

3 paper plates
Cotton balls
Paint: light blue and yellow
Light blue construction paper
Patterned scrapbook paper: orange, black and pink patterns
6 googly eyes
Black marker
Pink crayon
Click for patterns
Tools: scissors, white craft glue, glue stick

Paint paper plates in the color of animal you are making

Begin by painting one of the paper plates yellow and another one light blue. Set them both aside to dry. Cover the third plate with white craft glue.

HINT: instead of painting, you can use yellow and blue party plates if you have them on hand.

Cover the outside of a paper plate with cotton balls to make a lamb

Place cotton balls in the white craft glue. I stretched the cotton balls out a little before pressing them onto the plate. This step is optional but it does allow them to cover more area, thus using less cotton balls.

Cut shapes from patterned paper that will coordinate with your animal craft

Cut out the pattern pieces. For the sheep parts, cut from black patterned paper. For the chick parts, use orange patterned paper and for the bunny parts, use pink patterned paper.

NOTE: There is not a pattern for the ears. Simply cut a sheet of light blue construction paper in half lengthwise, then cut two ears from those pieces.

Use a glue stick to attach the parts to each paper plate. To attach the sheep’s head, use white craft glue. Everything else can be easily attached with a glue stick.

Attach shapes to plates to create animal faces

Fold over one of the bunny’s ears after you have attached them to the back of the blue plate. You can use a marker to add whiskers, or use the scrap pieces of pink patterned scrapbook paper to cut thin strips instead. You can use a pink crayon to add rosy cheeks to the chick.

Finally add the googly eyes using white craft glue and your characters are ready to decorate your house!

Add googly eyes

For even more fun Easter craft inspiration, check out my 11 Cardboard Crafts for Easter post.


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Project created by Amanda Formaro for Kix Cereal. Amanda is a well-known craft expert and has been writing and crafting on the Internet for over fifteen years. Find out more on her blog, Crafts by Amanda, where she shares tutorials with step-by-step photos for adults and kids alike.