The Paper Plate Garden Craft is so adorable and a great way to keep the kids engaged for hours. What a great way to see their perspective of spring and its beauty!
Spring crafts are the best! There’s something about “reawakening” during spring that spurs creativity and activity – in kids AND adults!
We all have our favorite season but I think most of us would agree that spring is one of the best times of the year.
The flowers pop up seemingly out of nowhere. Every year I am amazed at how fast they start to bloom and grow at the first sign of warmer weather.
New Year resets a new year but Spring seems like the time of year that we get to start over or start fresh. A time to get out and enjoy all the things nature and warmer temperatures have to offer.
So why not bring the outdoors inside with this fun and adorable Paper Plate Garden Craft that kids of all ages can make or help make. Then they’ll enjoy making the butterfly and bee fly around! And making their favorite flowers to look and at enjoy when being outside isn’t an option.
Supplies Needed For Paper Plate Garden Craft Recipe
- Paper Plates – all white is my preference but definitely use what works best for you
- Colorful Craft Paper – construction paper, colored paper, or tissue paper
- Scissors – if little ones are working on this project it is best to have rounded tips or kid’s scissors
- Glue – glue stick or white liquid glue
- Template – make creating the flowers, bee, and butterfly faster and easier with this free template – just click the image below.
See this craft in action! Check out the short video below:
How To Make Paper Plate Garden Craft For Kids
We’re going to put this craft together in stages. First, we’ll make the bee, then the butterfly, and next comes the flowers.
Make The Bee
Using the PDF templates provided (by clicking the image below), cut out the pieces for the bee.
With a grey colored marker, outline the bee’s wings. Using a black colored marker, add black stripes to the bee’s body.
Next, you will glue the wings onto the back of the bee’s body. Last, glue the antennas on the head of the bee.
Make The Butterfly
Using the butterfly PDF template provided, cut out the pieces of the butterfly.
Begin by gluing the spots on the butterfly’s wings.
Last, in the middle of the wings glue on the butterfly’s body for this paper plate garden craft.
Make The Flowers
Trace and cut out the flower pieces using the PDF templates provided.
Glue the stigma onto the middle of the flower and the leaves on the stem.
Finally, glue the flower onto the stem.
Put This Paper Plate Garden Craft Together
Using scissors (or an Exacto knife), make a 3 or 4-inch slit around the edge of the paper plate.
Use colored craft paper or construction paper to cut out the sky and 2 colors of grass and glue on the paper plate.
Position the flowers inside the area of the grass and glue.
Cut two long strips of colored card stock. Glue one on the back of the bee and one on the back of the butterfly.
Last, slide the card stock strips through the slit on the top of the paper plate.
Paper Plate Garden Craft Recipe Notes And Tips
- Glue stick, liquid glue, or craft glue are the best options. They also happen to be easy for little hands to use. Win-win!
- A popsicle stick would be a great substitute for the card stock strips that are glued to the bee and butterfly.
- Tissue paper is lightweight and easy to craft with. However, if you are going to glue it on your project you might consider using glue dots because a glue stick may cause it to tear when applied and liquid can turn tissue paper to mush.
Variations Of Paper Plate Garden Craft To Try
- If you have the time and are feeling a little more adventurous, let the kids paint the background on the plate instead of using craft paper. Just be sure to allow extra time for the paint to dry before moving on to the next step.
- Make a vegetable garden instead of a flower garden…..just as cute and fun to make!
- Use any color you choose to make the flowers and make as many as will make you happy….and fit on the plate. LOL
Paper Plate Garden Craft FAQs
Here are some common questions readers ask about our Paper Plate Garden Craft. If you don’t see your question below, please leave it in the comments so I can answer it!
What is the best size plate to use for this paper plate garden craft project?
I would say the bigger the better. 😂 Honestly I would not go smaller than an 8-inch plate. Anything smaller will be harder to work with as far as cutting the background and modifying the templates to fit.
What else can I use if I don’t have any paper plates?
Great question!!! If you have some cardboard boxes lying around, you can reuse and recycle them. Just cut out the size of circle you prefer and start creating the perfect paper plate garden craft…..minus the paper plate. 😉
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- Colorful craft papers
1. Cut out the pieces for the bee using the PDF templates.
2. Use marker pens to add black stripes on the bee’s body, and use a grey marker to outline the wings.
3. Then glue the wings on the back of the bee’s body. After this step glue the antennas on the bee’s head.
1. Cut out the pieces for the butterfly using the PDF template. 2. Glue the spots on the butterfly’s wings.
3. Then, glue the butterfly’s body in the middle of the wings.
1. Use the PDF templates to trace and cut out the pieces for the flower.
2. Glue the leaves with the stem, and then glue the stigma on the middle of the flower. 3. Then glue the flower with the stem.
Paper Plate Process:
1. Take a pair of scissors or an x-acto knife. Make a 3-4 inches slit around the edge of the paper plate.
2. Cut out the sky and grasses for the paper plate using colourful craft paper. 3. Place the grasses and sky on the paper plate.
4. Now, place the flowers inside the grass.
5. Glue long card stock strips on the back of the bee and butterfly then slide them through the slit on the paper plate.