Paper Plate Caterpillar

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  • 12 Small Flexible Paper Plates
  • Light and Dark Green Paint
  • 7 Green Pipe Cleaners
  • 2 Green Pom Poms
  • Wiggle Eyes
  • Scissors
  • Glue

How to Make a Paper Plate Caterpillar

Step 1: Paint the bottoms of 6 plates with the light green paint. Paint the other plates with the dark green paint and let them dry.

Step 2: Glue the plates together at the rim forming 6 sections of the caterpillar’s body. Be sure to glue light green to light green and dark green to dark green.

Step 3: Glue the sections together to form the body of the caterpillar.

Tip: If you want your paper plate caterpillar to look as if he is crawling, just glue the plates in the middle section to stand up higher than the plates on the end. This will create a hump as if he is crawling along.

Step 4: Cut a section of pipe cleaner and form into a smile for his mouth and glue it on the front of the first plate. Glue on the wiggle eyes above the mouth.

Step 5: Cut the remaining piece of the pipe cleaner in half (the one you used for the mouth) for the antennas. Glue a green pom pom onto each of these at one end and then glue behind the first plate.

Tip: You may need to use hot glue to hold the pom poms in place

Step 6: Cut the remaining pipe cleaners in half to form 12 legs. Bend the end of each to form a foot and then glue in between the plate sections on both sides of the plate.

Tip: You may need to trim some of the pipe cleaners if you created your caterpillar with a hump. Just hold the pipe cleaner up to the caterpillar and cut where it can be easily slipped in between the two paper plate sections and then glue in place.

Just set this cute little green guy on a table to show him off.