Hi y’all! Making a paper plate easter bunny is super easy and fun! You only need a handful of materials to get started. And, it’s also a great way for those kiddos to work on their scissor skills!
My kids LOVE to do crafts, especially if they get to cut stuff out. However, sometimes it is hard to find cute crafts for kids that they can do fully on their own. Most crafts that my kids receive for birthdays or holidays require my help. Which is totally fine because I like crafts too, but I don’t always have the time to do them. So, the craft gets put on hold and sometimes forgotten.
The awesome thing about this Paper Plate Easter Bunny craft is that a kid can do it completely on their own! (With the exception of printing off the template…Yes! There is a template involved! As well as, supervision while scissors are in use.)
What you need to create a paper plate easter bunny
- Paper Plate
- Glue Stick (I prefer Elmer’s glue sticks that go on purple and dry clear. That way I can see where to place my materials!)
- Safety Scissors
- Yarn or String
- Hole Punch
- Colored Paper/ Construction Paper
How to create a paper plate easter bunny
**Tip: You can create a template in Canva using either the Free or Pro version. However, if you are using the Free version be sure to use Free elements or you will have to pay before you can download your template.
If you are not using a template you simply need to break out your drawing skills in order to get started. You will need to draw two circles for eyes on a piece of construction paper, followed by two diamonds for pupils. Then, draw a heart for the nose and two extended ovals for ears. Your next step is then drawing 6 skinny rectangles for the whiskers.
In order to create the mouth you will need to write a J, then attach another J backwards on the paper plate. (Sounds confusing, but it’s really not!)
In the template I included some spring flowers to create a headband for the bunny. However, you don’t have to stick with just flowers. For instance, you could draw shapes, a hat, or leave it up to the kids imagination!
So, in this step your kids will get to have fun with safety scissors, cutting out the shapes from the template or construction paper. For the sake of this article I decided to use a craft knife. My scissor cutting abilities is at a 2. Even with a template to follow, I can’t cut a straight line to save my life! (However, I do not recommend handing your little ones a knife, so safety scissors is a much better option!)
Once you get all of the pieces cut out you will need to glue (or draw) the mouth on the paper plate. (You will be using the side of the paper plate that you would normally put food on.) So, by placing the mouth first it sets a starting point to align the nose and eyes. Next, glue on the ears, turning them slightly outward.
As for the whiskers, angle them up slightly from the nose. Then, place the outside edge of the whiskers on top of a ridge, leaving a “dip” between each whisker. (As you can see I like to use the ring on the plate as a guide.)
Now that the ears are in place you can add a hole, using your hole punch.*
Next you will need to add the yarn. There are 4 steps to preparing the yarn.
Firstly, you will tie both ends of the yarn into a knot. Secondly, you will place the knotted end of the yarn through the hole; entering from the backside of the paper plate. Thirdly, you will need to leave a small loop. And lastly, run the knotted end of the yarn through the loop and pulling it tight.
*If you don’t want to hang it, you can skip this step. Some other options would be to attach a popsicle stick and cut out the eyes so the kids can use it as a masquerade covering. Or you can add a hole on each side of the plate, strand a piece of elastic through and create a mask.
Once your desired “method of use” is complete you can add the flowers! Glue them down, one at a time, overlapping slightly.
And now your Paper Plate Easter Bunny is complete! I hope you and your kiddos enjoyed making this as much as I enjoyed sharing it!
If you are looking for more Easter crafts to create check out my Paper Easter Eggs!