Party Crafts and DIY

Kid’s Party Crafts: Dinosaur Plate Craft

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Whether you want to make a meal time special or if you’re getting ready for a boys dinosaur themed birthday party, knowing how to make a paper plate dinosaur is not only a cool kid’s party craft, it’s an important life skill for moms to learn! 🙂

On a dessert table, cover the bodies with cupcakes for an illusion of bumpy scales.  For a guest table, keep them within your party’s color theme—or make the dinosaur herd reflect the rainbow!

Either way, they are adorable, useful decorations that are easy enough for the kids to make too. If they’re old enough to handle scissors, they can do the entire process. Younger kids will appreciate the pieces already being cut out so they can have the fun of arranging and gluing.


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To make a dinosaur you’ll need:

  • 3 paper plates
  • 1 partial sheet of construction paper or cardstock
  • glue and a hot glue gun, glue dots or glue sticks
  • scissors

To make the dino head, I used the inner ridge on a plate as the cutting guideline.  You could also trace around a bowl if your plate doesn’t have a ridge. Alternately, you can cut a circle out of paper for the head if you prefer.

You can actually get two tail pieces out of one plate, with just a bit of waste in the middle. For the tail I cut a curved piece out of one side. You can eyeball it or if you prefer to be more precise, use the arc of a bowl’s rim for a pattern. Save the first tail and trace two curved lines across from each other if you’re making more than one. Cut them out.

For the spikes, I cut a strip about 2 ½” wide and cut triangles. With an 8 ½” x 11” piece of paper, you can fold it into thirds lengthwise and alternate the angle you cut. One piece of paper yields over 30 scales.

Last, I glued the scales to the body and tail pieces, slightly overlapping them. That’s all there is to it! After you determine the placement of the head and tail in relation to the main body piece you can put a dab of glue to hold them together if you’d like.

This craft idea is easy fun and it looks super on a dinosaur themed party table!

Preparing for your next dinosaur party or dino themed craft day? Check out some more craft ideas for some DIY fun! 

What’s your go to dinosaur themed craft to do with children?

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Stephanie Keeping

Stephanie is in love with a boy named Sam. He has taught her that it's okay to jump first and look later, to wear a dirty shirt to the park and to decide that today is a good day to take a nap in your rubber boots. She hangs out here blogging at Spaceships and Laser Beams and at our printable party shop on Etsy.