A super simple pig craft made from a paper plate, complete with curly pipe cleaner tail. Perfect for preschoolers.
There are so many crafts you can make with paper plates. If you’re anything like us, you’ll probably find that paper plates are a pretty staple part of your craft supply if you have young children.
Today’s post is the first in a series of paper plate crafts for young kids from us here at The Craft Balloon. And it’s just right for preschool age children.
We’re starting with paper plate animals, and first in line is this paper plate pig!
The good news is that it’s simple to make and doesn’t require too many materials.
Want the step by step instructions? Then keep reading below!
What you will need
- paper plate
- pink paint
- pink card stock (or white card stock and pink paint!)
- pink pipe cleaner
- black marker or crayon
How to make your paper plate pig craft
First you’ll need to paint your paper plate. We went for a nice not-too-pale pink.
We actually used acrylic paint which was really good for covering the slightly shiny surface of the plate. (Of course, do make sure whatever paint you’re using is non-toxic and child-friendly, particularly if you’re making this craft with a young child.)
Leave the paper plate to dry whilst you move your attention to the ears, legs and snout.
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Cut two triangles of pink card for the ears. Then, cut an oval shape for the snout and two rectangles for the two front legs.
If you don’t have any pink card in the house, you could just cut the shapes out of white card and paint them pink.
Depending on the age of your child, you might want to have all these pieces ready cut for them to stick on.
Now comes the gluing!
Glue the two ears on to the front of the paper plate at the top. Next glue the two legs onto the back of the paper plate at the bottom.
And last of all, glue the snout on the front of the plate, approximately halfway up.
Next, it’s time to make the curly tail.
We used a pink pipe cleaner to make the tail. To get a good curl, wrap the end of the pipe cleaner around a pencil, marker or glue stick a few times.
Leave the other end of the pipe cleaner straight so that you can tape that part on to the paper plate.
Next, tape the pipe cleaner to the back of the paper plate so that the curly part peeks out from the side.
If you don’t have pipe cleaners you could use a thin strip of pink paper. Use the scissor blade to curl the paper (you will want to do this for your child!!!).
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And finally, add the finishing touches. With a black marker draw two small eyes, two dots on the snout and a mouth.
And there you have your paper plate pig craft!
And remember, if you enjoyed this one, be sure to check back soon for other paper plate farm animals.
Here are our finished paper plate pigs which we now have displayed on the wall. I always think it’s fun that, even though we all make the same craft, they always finish up looking a little different and each one seems to take on its own personality.
If you liked this paper plate pig craft and would like to try it at home with you kids, why not pin it for later?