DLTK's Crafts for Kids
Paper Plate Pig Craft
Contributed by Leanne Guenther
Whether you decide to make just the face or expand the
project to make the whole thing, this cute paper plate pig makes a great
craft project for kids. You can make it for a Three Little Pigs, farm
animal, color pink, letter P theme or just for fun.
- 8 paper plates (either dinner size or dessert size),
- egg carton cup or empty cream container (nose).
- 2 toilet paper rolls for dessert size plates or 4 toilet paper rolls for dinner size (legs),
- tape or glue,
- piece of pink paper (or white paper coloring
- Pink paint and black paint or marker.
- Optional: googly eyes and a pipecleaner.
If you don't have pink paint, you could cut up 1 inch (ish) squares of pink
construction paper or tissue paper and glue those to the paper
plates (like mod podging) instead of painting.
We used styrofoam plates as it's what we had in
the house. BUT, the paint didn't stick very well and flaked off easily so we
couldn't play with the pig *wail*. If I had it all to do again, I'd recommend using
paper plates that aren't too glossy on the bottoms.
OK, before we go further, we're going to get to
know our paper plates (so you'll understand the terms I'm using). The paper plates
have a BOTTOM (the part you set on the table) and a
TOP (the part you put the food on).
Paint the bottom of the paper plates, egg carton
cups and toilet paper rolls pink and let dry.
- Kaitlyn (Age "almost 3" at the time *sob*) had
loads of fun painting plates and toilet paper rolls pink and gluing them together.
- I ended up doing the nose, mouth, tail and legs.
- If you're doing this with an older child (4+ ish), try making up a tongue twister to say while you're doing the project (something like
"painting pink pig plates" or
paint the pig plates pink").
- Split your plates into sets of two.
- Glue each set of two together rim to rim (TOP to
- Glue the bottoms of the 4 sets together so you
have a stack of paper plates (see photo). The top plate in the stack will be the
- If you're using 2 toilet paper rolls, cut them in half.
If you're using 4 toilet paper rolls, look at the dimensions and trim them down a bit if you
want to (so the legs are proportionate with the pig).
- Fold your pink paper in half and cut out a
triangle (you'll end up with two identical ears). Glue or tape these to the back of
the top set of plates. (If you want to get really fancy, you can sandwich the ears
between the plates when you're gluing them together rim to rim).
- Draw/paint black nostrils onto the egg cup and
glue it to the face.
- Draw/paint black eyes onto the pig, attach googly
eyes, or draw eyes on white paper and glue them on.
- Draw/paint a black mouth onto the pig or draw a
mouth on white paper and glue it on.
- Once everything is completely dry, squish the top of the tp
rolls and slide them between the plates to make 4 legs. Tape or glue.
- Twist a pipecleaner into a piggy tail and poke it through the
back plate (use a sharp pencil to make a small starter hole) or take a circle of pink
paper and cut it in a spiral and glue it to the back plate.
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