Paper Plate Flower Craft For Kids

This easy paper plate craft is perfect for children of any age. We love that every child will make a unique flower while working on their fine motor skills.

paper plate flower with colorful coffee filter and painted cardboard stem.

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Skills Taught

This seemingly easy craft actually covers a lot of skills and concepts for young artists.

  • Exploring Color Mixing: When painting stems and seeing colors mix on the coffee filters.
  • Stippling or Pointillism: You can show images of Seurat and other pointillism artists before they paint their paper plates with Q-tips. We love using this Art with Mati and Dada to help with this.
  • Fine Motor Skill Development: Cutting is a skill that we have seen digress over the years. This project forces little ones to work on their hand strength while cutting the flower design on the plate.

What age is this project best for?

This easy flower art project is perfect for any age elementary student. The examples you will see in this post are done by Kindergarten students that are 5 or 6 years old.

Depending on the thickness of your plates. some younger students will have difficulty cutting. However, that is one of the reasons you are doing this project.

Continue to encourage little ones to squeeze and use the whole scissor to cut.

Recommended Materials and Supplies

supplies used for easy paper plate craft.

For The Flower

  • Paper plates
  • Q-tip
  • Coffee Filters (with paper underneath)
  • Washable or Watercolor Markers
  • Water
  • Water Container
  • Paint Tray
  • Scissors
  • Scrap paper (optional)

Don’t have coffee filters? You could use tissue paper or bleeding tissue paper for the center of your flower.

crayola tempera paint with green and blue painted cardboard and tagboard.

For Stems and Leaves

  • Cardboard-You should precut these in strips for stems.
  • 6″ x 6″ White Tagboard-this will be cut by the students to create a leaf or two leaves to add to the stem
  • Paint Brush
  • Turquoise or Blue and Yellow Tempera Paint
  • Paint Palette (foam tray or another plate)
  • Black Crayon (optional)
  • Stapler-This stapler will make it easier for an adult to help put everything together.

Please note: Depending on your class time, you can create some of the parts in a different order. As always, make an art lesson work for you and your situation.

How To Make An Easy 3-D Flower Craft

Step 1: Color Coffee Filter

Use washable markers to design a coffee filter. Add as much color as possible.

hand using markers to add color to coffee filter.

Step 2: Add Water To Coffee Filter

You will want to have a piece of paper underneath before painting or spraying water on the coffee filter.

hand using paint brush to add water on top of colored coffee filter.

Kids will love seeing the colors blend on the coffee filter.

coffee filters with marker and water with green painted cardboard.

Step 3: Let Dry

Place the coffee filter and the paper somewhere to dry. It is best if children don’t pick up their coffee filters (even though they will want to).

Step 4: Begin Plates By Stippling Two Colors

Give each child a plate and Q-tip. Discuss what stippling is and encourage them to decorate their plate by only dotting.

child's hand using a q-tip to dot on blue and pink paint.

Encourage the whole plate to be covered (even if their hand gets tired).

two different examples of stippling on paper plates.

Step 5: Paint Cardboard Stems and Leaves

Give each child or table a palette of green and blue paint.

paint palette with yellow and blue tempera paint.

Encourage children to have fun painting their stems and 6″ x 6″ tagboards.

child's hand holding paint brush painting a cardboard strip green.

Continue painting leaf paper. Students should have the freedom to add patterns and colors how they see fit.

child's hand holding brush painting green and some patterns.

Step 6: Let Plates & Stems Dry

Step 7: Gather All Flower Parts

colorful coffee filters, painted paper plate and green cardboard.

You will need to give each child the following items:

  • Cardboard Stem
  • Tagboard painted green
  • Coffee Filter
  • Plate
  • Extra scrap paper (optional)

Step 8: Cut Flower Edge Design

Cut little triangles or fringe to make your flower petals on the plate. Kids should also draw and cut 1 or 2 leaves out of the green tagboard.

back of paper plate showing triangles or fringe cut out.

Step 9: Assemble Flower

  • Children can glue their leaves to the cardboard stem.
  • An adult should help staple the coffee filter to the plate and the stem to the plate
  • Students can use extra paper to glue a different center on the flower to complete it.
examples of paper flower craft with coffee filters and cardboard stems.

Expert Tips

foam paint trays with pink, blue and purple on them.
  • Anytime you are placing a paint tray on a table, put 2 or 3 paint colors you know will mix well together. It is very hard for the table to not mix it all up as they work.
  • Take your time with kids when doing each part. You can stretch this lesson to include other color-mixing activities and books.

Craft FAQs

What type of tempera paint do you recommend?

We found that you get some really great greens when you use Crayola Premier Tempera or Washable Tempera in yellow and turquoise.

Do you have to cut the plate?

No, the flower design would still work if a child is unable to cut the plate.

How do you make the flower part more 3-d looking?

You want to scrunch the coffee filter as you are stapling it onto the plate. Then staple that part to the stem.
Having a long-reach stapler will make this easier.

What markers give the best color?

We love using Mr. Sketch markers with children. They will give you the vibrant colors you are looking for.hand holding Mr. Sketch scented skinny marker pack.

Related Easy Crafts For Kids

flower craft for kids from paper plates, coffee filters and cardboard.

Easy Paper Flower Craft For Kids

Learn how to create a fun flower craft with children using paper plates and coffee filters. Kids love making thier own 3-d flower.
Prep Time10 mins
Active Time1 hr
Dry Time2 hrs
Total Time3 hrs 10 mins
Keyword: easy flower art project for kids, flower paper plate, paper plate craft
Cost: under $5

Equipment

  • Paint Palette or tray
  • Washable Markers
  • Water
  • Water container
  • Paint Tray
  • Scissors
  • Stapler

Materials

  • 1 Paper plates
  • 1 Q-tip
  • 1 Coffee Filters with paper underneath
  • 1 Cardboard Strips
  • 1 6" x 6" Tagboard
  • Blue and Yellow Tempera Paint
  • Black Crayon
  • Scrap paper optional

Instructions

  • Use washable markers to design a coffee filter. Add as much color as possible.
  • Add water to coffee filter so that colors blend together.
  • Let coffee filters dry.
  • Begin adding dots to paper plate with q-tip and paint.
  • Paint cardboard stem and tagboard with yellow and blue tempera paint.
    child's hand holding brush painting green and some patterns.
  • Let plate, cardboard and tagboard fully dry.
    colorful coffee filters, painted paper plate and green cardboard.
  • Cut flower petals out of plate.
    back of paper plate showing triangles or fringe cut out.
  • Cut 1 or 2 leaves out of the painted green tagboard.
  • Assemble flower by having an adult staple all parts together.
  • Children can add an extra center to the flower with scrap paper and glue stick to cover the staples.
    paper plate flower with colorful coffee filter and painted cardboard stem.

Notes

  • Anytime you are placing a paint tray on a table, put 2 paint colors you know will mix well together. It is very hard for the table to not mix it all up as they work.
  • Take your time with kids when doing each part. You can stretch this lesson to include other color-mixing activities and books.
  • Depending on the thickness of your plates. some younger students will have difficulty cutting. 
  • Continue to encourage little ones to squeeze and use the whole scissor to cut.

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