20 Exciting Christmas Paper Plate Crafts for Kids to Make

Christmas is quickly sneaking up on us, which means it’s time for some fun Christmas crafts! If you have paper plates laying around, you are going to LOVE this list of crafts I’ve found.

No matter if you’re pairing them with a book or movie, trying ANYTHING to keep kids distracted with all the festivities, or just want to engage them with a fun craft to get into the spirit of Christmas, you are sure to find something you love.

You’ll find everything from a Christmas tree to a snowman to Santa’s sleigh and so much more on this list.

Toddlers, preschoolers, and older kids will have a lot of fun with these ideas.

Scroll down to get started on some amazing Christmas paper plate crafts your kids will love to make!

Fun Christmas Paper Plate Crafts for Kids

Paper Plate Santa

This cute Father Christmas craft is sure to get the smallest crafters excited for Christmas!

It’s so simple that they can do this (mostly) on their own, too. Just grab a paper plate, paint, and a few other common supplies to get started!

Toddlers and preschoolers will love this fun twist on a paper plate craft. Prep the plate, cover it in paint, and get decorating.

This makes for an amazing sensory project using paper plates too!

Tissue paper is such a fun supply for crafting!

Get kids into the holiday spirit by combining tissue paper and a paper plate that ends up with a beautiful wreath to hang around the house.

One of my favorite parts about Christmas as a kid was REINDEER. This cute paper plate reindeer is sure to get lots of delightful faces!

It even includes a free template to make it super easy for you.

This cute paper plate snowman doubles as a fun advent calendar.

Simply put together the craft and move the snowman nose each day as you count down the days until Christmas is here!

If you really love snowmen, you will LOVE this fun craft to do with kids.

This is the perfect craft as it is mostly a paper-based craft. You could even add a craft stick to the back to turn them into a puppet!

How CUTE is this elf?! Kids will get so excited as they make one of Santa’s little helpers.

Grab a paper plate, paint, and a few other supplies to get started!

Don’t stop with just Santa's helper. Put together this fun craft featuring them both together!

This even includes a free template to make it super easy!

Preschoolers and toddlers will be filled with joy as they help put this together.

This cute paper plate angel is so perfect for the holiday season.

Kids will have so much fun putting this together just before they’re amazed by the fact their little angel rocks back and forth!

It only takes a few common crafting supplies - making it very easy to put together.

The Grinch is one of the most enjoyable characters of Christmas. This would go so well paired with the book or movie for a fun family night!

Grab the free template along with a few common supplies and you’re good to go.

What’s better than baking a gingerbread man? Why making a craft of him, of course! (Okay, maybe not but roll with me here.)

This fun paper plate craft is equal parts cute, easy, and fun. Grab the classic story to pair with this craft too!

When kids are too small to make their own ornaments, paper plate ones are so fun!

Get them engaged in a form of process art all while getting them into the spirit of Christmas.

Grab some paper plates, pipe cleaners, and decorating supplies to get started.

How cool are snow globes?! As a child, they are the coolest things - especially at Christmas time.

Why not make a “kid-proof” version out of paper plates?! Then you don’t have to deal with accidentally breaking one.

You could even play around with the different characters to put inside for an adding taste of fun.

With just paper plates and cotton balls, you can make a really fun and engaging craft!

Kids will have so much fun running around the house with the finished product pretending to be Santa!

Pair Santa’s beard with a cute little hat! With a few simple supplies, you’ll have a little hat to place on your child’s head for a day of imaginary fun.

They will love making this craft that can also be used for play.

The best part of Christmas morning is waking up to a stocking full of treats!

So why not bring that into craft time with a fun paper plate stocking!

This is so simple that you can set it up and walk away while you focus on holiday planning. Win win!

For kids who get really excited about snow on the ground (or never get to see any), bring the essence of a white Christmas with this fun craft!

All you need is a paper plate, paint, glitter, and a few other things.

You can come up with all kinds of different designs to add to the fun!

This craft is the best super simple but fun craft for kids. It comes with a free template to make it as easy as possible.

For kids who love peppermint candies, they will have so much fun making their own giant candy from a paper plate!

Get kids imagining going riding in Santa’s sleigh with this one! While this is an engaged craft, it is so much fun!

Everything from the gifts to Santa and his sleigh will ignite your child’s imagination and creativity. 

Then when it’s done, they can give Santa a little push to watch it rock back and forth!

Paper plate crafts are so fun, but even more so when you add some dimension!

Kids will love this cool effect on a Christmas tree. Simply create and decorate then you’re ready to hang to display.

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