DLTK's Crafts for Kids
Red Oni Paper Plate Craft
What are Oni? Oni are naughty ogre-like creatures that
bring bad luck to a household. Originally oni were depicted as
quite scary and evil but they've been a bit toned down over the years
since so many daddies dress up as them for the big bean throwing event
and parades so I think of them as more "naughty" or unlucky.
Oni are either blue or red. They have two horns, carry a large
iron club and wear a tiger skin loincloth. When Japanese
children play tag, the person who is "it" is called the oni. Oni
are also featured in a number of children's stories.
If you cut out holes instead of using the template eyes, you can convert your red oni craft to a red oni mask. Attach a paint stir stick
or tongue depressor to allow your child to hold it up to their face.
- red paint and paintbrush,
- Paper plate,
- something to color with (or color printer),
- OPTIONAL FOR MASK: Paint Stir Stick
, thin strip of wood or
- Paint the bottom of the paper plate red.
- Print out the template of choice.
- Colour (where appropriate) and cut out the template pieces. Most of the pieces are simple enough shapes for
young children to cut out, but if needed, an adult can help with some of the harder pieces (the ears and the hair).
- Glue the pieces to the plate to make the red oni face:
- Glue the large hair piece onto the top of the plate, with the
sides of the hair covering the sides of the plate.
- Glue the two ears onto either side of the plate just below the
- Glue the horns onto the hair at the top of the plate.
- Glue the mouth near the bottom of the paper plate.
- Glue the nose above the mouth.
- Glue the eyes above the nose.
- Glue the eyebrows above the eyes and just below the hair.
OPTIONAL: If making a mask, use masking tape or duct tape to
attach a thin strip of wood, a Tongue Depressor
or a Paint Stir Stick
(often free at paint supply and home repair stores -- no more than $1 --
we get dad to pick one up now and then when he's at home depot admiring
the tools *grin*)
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