8 Spooky Halloween Paper Plate Crafts

These 8 Spooky Halloween Paper Plate Crafts are so easy to make! They're great for decorations, toys, and for something fun to do.

These 8 Spooky Halloween Paper Plate Crafts are so easy to make! They're great for decorations, toys, and for something fun to do.

I am a huge fan of doing crafts with paper plates. They’re cheap, we almost always have them on hand, and you can do just about anything with them. With Halloween coming up, I thought it would be fun to do some spooky-themed crafts. You can use these for decorations, toys, or just as something fun to do. Here are 8 Spooky Halloween Paper Plate Crafts.

Jack-o-Lantern

These 8 Spooky Halloween Paper Plate Crafts are so easy to make! They're great for decorations, toys, and for something fun to do.

Supplies:
Paper plate
Glue stick
Scissors
Orange tissue paper (You can cut these into 1″ squares ahead of time, or let your child do this.)
Construction paper for the face pieces (I cut mine out ahead of time.)
Green construction paper for the stem

Instructions:
Cover the paper plate with glue, then add orange squares.
Cut out face pieces (eyes, mouth, nose) and glue them on.
Trace your child’s hand on the green paper and cut that out. Glue it on the top of the pumpkin as a stem.

Witch

These 8 Spooky Halloween Paper Plate Crafts are so easy to make! They're great for decorations, toys, and for something fun to do.

Supplies:
Paper plate
Light green tissue paper
Construction paper for face pieces, hat, and hair
Glue stick
Scissors

Instructions:
Using the paper plate, trace a circle onto the light green tissue paper. Cut out the circle and glue it on the plate for the witch’s face.
Cut face pieces out of the construction paper and glue those on.
Use a full piece of black paper for the hat. On the short side, fold up one inch and glue it down. Fold that whole piece up once more to make the brim of the hat. Draw straight lines leading from the edges of the brim to the top-middle of the paper, then cut those off. Now you’ve got a tall pointy hat! I used a 1″ strip of purple paper for trim.
Trace your hands (or your child’s) on paper and cut them out. This is your witch’s hair.
Glue the “hair” to the back of the hat on the bottom outside edges, then glue the hat to the top of the witch’s head.

Ghost

These 8 Spooky Halloween Paper Plate Crafts are so easy to make! They're great for decorations, toys, and for something fun to do.

Supplies:
Paper plate
White tissue paper
Black construction paper
Glue stick
Scissors

Instructions:
Spread the tissue paper flat on the table.
Place the paper plate in a corner with enough room to wrap the paper over the edges of the plate (roughly an inch).
Pull the top corner down and glue it to the plate.
Flip the plate over and cover the back with glue.
Pulling it tight, turn it back over and press the glued side down on the tissue paper.
On the top half of the plate only, wrap the edges of the tissue paper around and glue them to the back of the ghost.
This leaves the bottom (and long side) of the paper to hang down. Use scissors to round out the bottom.
Cut eyes and a mouth from the black construction paper, and glue them on.

Mummy

These 8 Spooky Halloween Paper Plate Crafts are so easy to make! They're great for decorations, toys, and for something fun to do.

Supplies:
Paper plate
Crepe paper streamers (Side note: I could not find any white streamers, so I just cut strips from white tissue paper. You could also substitute in some toilet paper.)
Glue stick
Construction paper for face pieces
Scissors

Instructions:
Cover the back of the plate with glue. 
Wrap the plate with streamers. I did one snug layer, and then one loose layer.
Cut out eyes and a mouth from the construction paper.
Glue them onto the mummy.

Spider

These 8 Spooky Halloween Paper Plate Crafts are so easy to make! They're great for decorations, toys, and for something fun to do.

Supplies:
Paper plate
Paint
Construction paper for eyes (white + color)
8 Pipe cleaners
Single hole punch 

Instructions:
Paint the back of the paper plate black; let it dry.
Cut 2 large white circles for the eyes, and two smaller colored circles. Glue the smaller circles to the white circles, and then glue the white circles to the spider.
Use the hole punch to make 4 holes on each side of the spider.
Thread one end of a pipe cleaner through each hole; twist to secure it.
Bend the legs in half.
For extra fun, attach a long piece of yarn so your child can run through the house pulling the spider behind him.

Cat

These 8 Spooky Halloween Paper Plate Crafts are so easy to make! They're great for decorations, toys, and for something fun to do.

Supplies:
Paper plate
Paint
Construction paper for face pieces and ears
Scissors
Glue stick
4 pipe cleaners

Instructions:
Paint the back of the paper plate black, and let the paint dry.
Cut the face pieces from the construction paper and glue them onto the cat’s face.
Cut triangles for the ears from the black paper. Cut smaller pink triangles and glue them onto the black paper.
Glue the ears to the top of the cat’s head.
Punch 2 holes on either side of the cat’s nose close together. I used a pencil and very carefully made small holes. Make sure to be careful, and don’t stab your finger!
Put two pipe cleaners together. Coming from the back of the cat’s head, thread one end of the pipe cleaners (whiskers) through each hole on one side of the cat’s head. If the holes are large, making the whiskers loose, twist the pipe cleaners to secure them. Then fan them out.
Repeat on the other side.

Bat

These 8 Spooky Halloween Paper Plate Crafts are so easy to make! They're great for decorations, toys, and for something fun to do.

Supplies:
Paper plate
Paint
Construction paper
Scissors
Glue

Instructions:
Paint the back of the paper plate black; let it dry.
Cut eyes from the construction paper and glue them to the face.
Paint on a smile and teeth.
Cut large bat wings from construction paper. I am no artist. I simply drew a large arch. In the middle of the arch but below the two lowest points I placed a dot. Then I drew two smaller arches: each from the dot up to each end of the bat wing.
Glue the tips of the wings to the back of the bat.

Full Moon with Bats

These 8 Spooky Halloween Paper Plate Crafts are so easy to make! They're great for decorations, toys, and for something fun to do.

Supplies:
Paper plate
Light yellow tissue paper, cut into roughly 1” squares
Black construction paper
Scissors
Glue stick

Instructions:
Cover the paper plate with glue and attach the yellow squares.
Cut out bats from the black construction paper and glue them to the moon. I totally cheated here. I cannot draw. Even my stick figures look awful. I did a google image search on my iPad for halloween bat, found a simple clipart image, and traced it onto tissue paper. Then I just glued the outline to a folded piece of construction paper and cut out all three at once.

The best thing about these is that there are so many different ways you can do these to get the same effect. You can draw on the faces instead of cutting out a million circles for eyes. You can use foam stickers. I tried to keep these fairly simple and basic. A lot of these supplies I already had on hand.

So, what awesome Halloween creatures did I miss? Zombie? Vampire?

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10 Comments

  1. Super cute ideas! May need to make one or two of these with my daycare kidos next week. Thanks for sharing!! 😉

  2. These are awesome! I will def be trying these for our Halloween theme week! (I’ll link back to you, of course!) 🙂

  3. Such cute ideas! Very creative! Will be trying with my 2.5 year old this week 🙂

    • Have fun! My 3-year-old loved them! Although he was a little wary of the spider. But who could blame him, spiders should not be that big!

  4. I love doing paper plate crafts with my kids. The witch is my favorite. You are so creative!

  5. I love the witch! My daughter loves making things with her hand outline. This will be perfect.

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