Want to make some cute crafts for Christmas but all out of construction paper? Don’t worry, there are several great preschool Christmas crafts you can make using inexpensive paper plates instead of construction paper. Besides being cheaper than construction paper, plain white paper plates are also very durable and don’t tear as easily as other types of paper. Three of my favorite Christmas themed preschool crafts that are made using paper plates are a macaroni wreath, a Christmas tree and a peppermint candy ornament.
How To Make Preschool Christmas Crafts Using Paper Plates
Paper Plate Macaroni Wreath
This cute Christmas wreath uses a paper plate as its base and is covered with macaroni. Green, gold or silver spray paint adds the finishing touch.
White paper plate
Red ribbon or yarn
Red tissue paper
Green, gold or silver spray paint
1. Cut the center out of a paper plate.
2. Punch two holes in the top of the paper plate.
3. Cut a piece of ribbon and thread through the two holes.
4. Tie a knot in the ribbon to make a loop for hanging.
5. Spread glue on the paper plate.
6. Stick macaroni all over the paper plate. The more types of pasta you use the better the wreath will look.
7. Allow to dry.
8. Once dry, spray the entire front of the wreath with spray paint.
9. Allow to dry.
10, Cut a six inch by three inch piece of red tissue paper.
11. Bring the two ends of the tissue paper together and secure with a piece of tape.
12. Pinch the center of the tissue paper together and wrap a piece of tape around it to make a bow.
13. Attach the bow to the wreath using a couple of drops of glue.
Note: Only adults should spray the wreath with spray paint in a well ventilated area away from children.
Paper Plate Christmas Tree
Preschoolers will love making their own free standing Christmas tree using a folded paper plate and and a cardboard paper towel tube.
White paper plate
Green tissue paper
Small pom poms in assorted colors
Cardboard paper towel tube
Yellow construction paper
1. Cut green tissue paper into little squares.
2. Spread glue on the bottom of a paper plate and cover with tissue paper.
3. Stick pom poms all over the tree using a drop of glue for each pom pom.
4. Allow to dry.
5. Trace a star shape on yellow construction paper.
6. Cut the star out and set aside.
7. Once the paper plate is dry bend the edges of the top half of the paper plate back until they meet. This should form a rough triangle shape.
8. Use a piece of tape or stapler to secure the edges together.This will form a cone shaped pocket.
9. Take your cardboard tube and slide it inside the cone shaped pocket.
10. To complete your paper plate Christmas tree glue the star to the top of the tree and display.
Mini Paper Plate Peppermint Candy Ornament
This clever red and white striped ornament is made with a small paper plate and looks just like a piece of peppermint candy. Use it as an ornament on your Christmas tree or string several together to make a paper plate peppermint candy garland.
Small white paper plate
Red Crayon or marker
1. Draw three intersecting lines on the white paper plate to make six triangle shaped sections.
2. Color every other section red.
4. Repeat steps 1 and 2 on the other side of the plate.
5. Cut a piece of clear cellophane large enough to completely cover the paper plate.
6. Use a piece of tape to close the cellophane over the plate.
7. Cut three pieces of red ribbon.
8. Using a piece of ribbon tie the cellophane closed on both sides of the paper plate.
9. Punch a hole at the top of the cellophane covered paper plate.
10. Thread a piece of ribbon through the hole and tie in a knot to form a loop for hanging.
11. Hang your mini paper plate peppermint candy ornament on your Christmas tree.
There are many more great crafts you can create using paper plates, some simple craft materials and just a little imagination. From holiday crafts to every day craft projects the list of things you can make using paper plates has no limits.
Source: Personal Experience