When I was a kid, I remember loving paper plate crafts. There are just so many ways that you can use them and so many different kinds of projects you can make! Now that I’m a parent, I adore introducing my kids to all the possibilities, and they get a real kick out of how many awesome projects we’ve created from something so simple and plain looking. They’re also big fans of mixed media project, so I really like finding ways to help them use all kinds of classic kids crafting tools to create shapes, colour, and texture all in one place. These awesome paper plate trees that we made together recently are a perfect example!
This project is actually simple enough that my kids could do essentially the whole thing on their own, but I still made my own alongside them so I could be part of the fun, spend time with them, and outlined the whole easy process for other people to see and try. Check out these step by step instructions complete with photos! If you’d rather follow along with a video tutorial instead of written words, scroll to the bottom of this post to find just what you’re looking for.
For this project, you’ll need:
- A paper plate
- Colourful crafting pom poms in different sizes
- Green pine cleaner
- Hot glue
- A single-hole punch
Gather your materials!
Use the tips of your scissors to poke a hole in the centre of your paper plate. Use that hole as a starting point to cut a circle out of the centre of the place. Make your circle sizeable but not wider than your pipe cleaners are long; I made sure to leave an inch of space between the edge of my cutout circle and where the sides of the plate start to rise. You’ll need that excess later.
Use your single-hole punch to create holes around the edge of your circle in that excess space we just described above. Create six holes on the bottom of the circle and curving slightly to the side, and nine holes along the top edge of the circle cross from the first six, curving slightly to the other side. Staggering the holes towards opposite directions like this will help your tree look like it’s leaning in the wind later.