Paper Plate Dinosaur Crafts for Kids

This paper plate dinosaur is very easy and inexpensive and is great for kids of all ages. Kids love dinosaurs so this is the perfect paper plate craft idea. Get out your paper plates, green paint and your imagination for this fun kids craft idea.


  • 2 Dinner Sized Paper Plate
  • Green Paint
  • Brown Paint
  • Black Marker
  • 4 Paper Fasteners
  • Small Wiggle Eye
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Paper Clips

Click on the image to the right to see a larger sized image of this paper plate craft.

How to Make a Paper Plate Dinosaur

Step 1: Paint both paper plates green and let them dry.

Step 2: One one paper plate, paint brown spots on the dinosaur’s body.

Step 3: With the other paper plate, cut out the rim. Cut this rim into two pieces (one for the head and neck and the other for the tail).

Tip: For the section being used for the head and neck, round off one end to form the head.

Step 4: With the remaining section of the plate, cut out two front legs and one back leg.

Tip: Use this template here.

Step 5: Cut a small slit in the large paper plate and the neck of the dinosaur. Using a paper fastener, connect the two pieces.

STEP 6: Repeat step 5 for the legs and the tail.

Tip: You can also simply glue the pieces in place. However, using paper fasteners allow you to move the pieces to make your dinosaur look a bit different each day.

Step 7: Glue a paper clip to the back of the body for hanging on the wall.

Your dinosaur can be any color you want to make it more unique. Just pick your favorite color and have some fun.