Paper Plate Reindeer

Paint and decorate a paper plate into an easy Christmas reindeer.
Paper Plate Reindeer craft


  • Paper plate
  • Brown construction paper
  • Any water-based paint
  • Paint brush
  • Scissors
  • White glue
  • Pencil
  • Black marker or crayon
  • Wiggle eyes
  • Pompom
  • Fabric bow (optional)

Safety Tips

  • Small craft materials such as wiggle eyes are choking hazards. These are not suitable for children below the age of three.


Step 1 Paper Plate Reindeer craft 1. Use any water-based brown paint to color the bottom side of a paper plate. Set the painted plate aside to dry.
Step 2 Paper Plate Reindeer craft 2. Make a pair of handprints by tracing around your right and left hands on brown construction paper.
Step 3 Paper Plate Reindeer craft 3. Cut out the pair of handprints.
Step 4 Paper Plate Reindeer craft 4. Glue or tape the handprints at the back of the painted paper plate's top edge to make a pair of antlers for the reindeer.
Step 5 Paper Plate Reindeer craft 5. Glue on a pair of wiggles eyes and a fluffy pompom nose.
Step 6 Paper Plate Reindeer craft 6. Draw a mouth with a black marker or crayon.
Step 7 Paper Plate Reindeer craft 7. As an option you can glue on a bow at the bottom of the reindeer's face. Allow the glue to dry before putting up your paper plate reindeer as an adorable Christmas décor.

More Ideas

Paper Plate Reindeer Puppet Turn your paper plate reindeer into a stick puppet or mask by gluing or taping a wooden dowel at the back. You can also glue two craft sticks end-to-end to make a long handle like I did.
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