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Paper Plate Christmas Craft for the Classroom

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Updated | 4 min read

Have you got a stash of paper plates in your classroom cupboard? If you have, then there’s no better time to get creative with some Christmas craft.

So why do I love paper plates so much?

Well, firstly, it’s so satisfying to transform something frugal into something fantastic. Secondly, paper plates are a super versatile teaching resource. And lastly, paper plates do a lot of hard work for teachers like us. For example, they provide instant circles and have a surface perfect for painting and drawing!  What is there not to love?

I’ve searched for paper plate craft activities ideas that your students will love. Here are my top Christmas craft picks…

Classroom Christmas Tree

Paper Plate Christmas Craft

This Christmas craft idea ticks a lot of boxes because it can be as simple or a complicated as you choose it to be. This Christmas craft idea relies on class teamwork. It creates a high impact classroom display and saves trees!

You will need:

  • paper plates (at least one for each student, 28 plates work well)
  • green, blue, red and yellow poster paint
  • eco-friendly glitter or sparkly bits of your choice
  • Blu-Tac
  • baubles and other Christmas decorations
  • a star.

Paper Plate Wreath

10 Ways to Use a Paper Plate - Paper Plate Wreath

Once your students have got the hang of the folding and sticking process, this Christmas craft idea can be very relaxing! So, there is a little bit of teacher prep involved, but it’s well worth it.

Top tips:

  1. Pre-cut the inner circle of the paper plate using a craft knife.
  2. Pre-cut the strips for your students using a paper guillotine.
  3. Model to your students how to fold the paper strips back onto themselves and secure the tips with glue.
  4. Model to your students how to cut out the triangle tips. Make sure the glue is dry before you cut.

This paper plate wreath is a perfect gift for your students to take home or to give to a grandparent. If you are looking for a Christmas card idea to compliment this paper plate wreath, read our blog  5 Crafty Christmas Card Ideas for the End of Term.

Christmas Carry Tote

10 Ways to Use a Paper Plate - Christmas Carry Tote

Whether your students are looking for a new accessory or a hanging storage solution, this is the Christmas craft idea with purpose. This Christmas craft activity is a great way for your students to develop their fine motor skills and to learn the blanket stitch.

The only tricky bit of this Christmas craft idea is the hole punching. It’s a job for an adult helper. We used a single hole plier punch.

Top tip: use double-sided sticky tape to secure the two paper plates together before you begin punching holes.

Paper Plate Reindeer

10 Ways to Use a Paper Plate Paper Plate Reindeer

This Christmas craft paper plate idea is super simple and guarantees success for lower years students.

You will need:

  • 2 x brown paper plates
  • brown paper
  • googly eyes
  • red felt
  • double-sided sticky tape.

Lace Plate Christmas Tree

10 Ways to Use a Paper Plate - Lace Plate Christmas Tree

These lace plate Christmas trees help to develop fine motor skills as well throwing in a little of mathematical thinking too! Check out how this circle can be cut into thirds (or near enough) to create something fabulous!

Follow these simple sets over a few craft afternoons:

  1. Paint the plates green, allow them to dry and cut them into thirds.
  2. Make 6 slits along the rim of each third.
  3. Lace ribbon through the slits and secure at each end with a simple knot.
  4. Stack and stick the triangles together with double-sided sticky tape.
  5. Add a brown cardboard trunk and a few other decorations.

 Christmas Craft Characters

Lower years students will love to get creative with multi-media arts and craft materials to create these adorable characters.

Paper Plate Christmas Craft

This idea is super adaptable and allows your students to work independently. Why not ask your students to design their Christmas character as a homework task? You could even ask students to bring in craft materials from home, (have some backup craft materials for parents who are unable to contribute).

For more huggable Christmas characters, check out our brand new Paper Bag Christmas – Puppet Making Activity and read our blog Christmas Craft | Fun with Christmas Puppets.

Ho Ho Ho Paper Plate Santa

This fella is kind of important when we are writing about all things Christmassy. If you are looking Christmas craft that is quick, easy and effective, this is for you. I didn’t think there is much to explain here but it looks like a lot of fun.

Paper Plate Christmas Craft

So, dig out some paper plates and get stuck into some Christmas craft.

For more Christmas teaching resource and ideas head to our Christmas collection.

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