DLTK's Crafts for Kids
Paper Plate Submarine Porthole
or Aquarium Window Craft
This paper plate porthole provides the perfect opportunity for kids to "see what's under the sea". It's a good craft for an ocean theme, aquarium theme or habitats theme.
You can use the templates I've designed as a coloring page behind your porthole or decorate your own with markers, stickers, goldfish crackers and tissue paper.
- paper plate,
- silver, white, gold or grey paint and paint brush
- cheerios -- you need about a dozen for the craft and, if your kids are anything like mine, half a box for nibbling on while making the craft!
- a drinking straw or a pretzel
- one piece of blue construction paper or cardstock
- clear plastic (we used the clear half of a large ziploc bag)
- Optional - if using template:
- something to color with
- Optional - if not using template:
- gold fish crackers
- green tissue paper (for kelp)
- markers or pencil crayons
- ocean stickers
- Cut a circle from the center of a paper plate.
- If making a porthole: For the handle:
- Glue cheerios to each end of a 2 inch length of a straw or a pretzel and then glue to the paper plate
- glue a milk carton cap and then glue to the paper plate.
- Glue cheerios around the outside of the plate as decorative “bolts”
- Paint the whole plate, including the cheerios silver, grey, white or gold.
- Let dry.
- Optional: Glue a piece of clear plastic inside the paper plate to cover your porthole (the clear half of large freezer Ziploc bags work well
for this… I find saran wrap a bit too clingy and difficult to work with)
Option 1: Decorate Your Own Background
- Cut out the circle of
construction paper or cardstock but don’t glue it onto the paper plate yet.
- Leaving space for glue, decorate your blue construction paper with images from the ocean or an aquarium:
- You can glue
crumpled green tissue paper strips as kelp.
- You can make fingerprint fish or glue goldfish crackers onto your plate.
- You can even hot glue
real seashells toward the bottom of the paper.
- use markers or stickers to add details.
- Glue the paper plate over the decorated construction paper or cardstock so you can see your
through the hole.
Option 2: Use a Template
- Print out the template of choice.
- Color the template pieces if using the B&W version.
- Cut out the template.
- Glue the paper plate over the template so you can see it through the hole
- Close the template window after printing to return to this screen.
- Set page margins to zero if you have trouble fitting the template on one page (FILE, PAGE SETUP or FILE, PRINTER SETUP in most browsers).
Template (ocean scene): (color)
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