Paper Plate Dinosaurs – You are Dino-mite Valentine Craft

by Melissa


Create a Stegosaurus or Apatosaurus paper plate dinosaur craft with your kids this Valentine’s Day. Super cute and simple craft for everyone to enjoy.



Create a Stegosaurus or Apatosaurus paper plate dinosaur craft with your kids this Valentine's Day. Super cute and simple craft for everyone to enjoy.


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Today’s crafting with kids post is paper plate valentine crafts.


We are making a super cute paper plate dinosaur craft.


These require very little in the way of supplies and are a whole lot of fun to make for everyone.


All you need is 1 paper plate per dinosaur and some paint. Yep, that’s it! Oh, and if you wanted wiggly eyes, those too.


The daughter and I painted ours for Valentine’s Day but you, of course, could choose any color of the rainbow.


I added a couple of photos to show you how we cut the dinosaur paper plates for each one.


Paper Plate Dinosaur Craft Instructions


What you will need:


Paper plates (preferably ones with ribbed edging)
• Glue
Googly eyes
• Paintbrush and paint
Round Sponge Brushes




The first part is to cut the paper plate in half.


One half is the body and the other half will be used to create the rest of the dinosaur pieces.


Cut around the outside of one half and use the part with the ripples to make the dinosaurs plates.


Then you can use the leftover to cut out the head, tail, and feet.


The picture below will show you the cuts we made for the stegosaurus.




Paper Plate Dinosaurs




(or when I was little he was called the Brontosaurus I believe)


Like the Stegosaurus, the apatosaurus starts out with the paper plate cut in half.


One half is the body and the other half is used for the rest of the dinosaur.


We cut the edging of the plate for the neck and tail and used the leftover for the head and legs.


Once again, the picture below shows how we cut them out.




Paper Plate Dinosaurs


These were so fun to make.


You could paint them any colors you liked the best and do other dinosaurs as well.


A T-rex paper plate dinosaur craft would be super cute.




Check out these other awesome paper plate dinosaur ideas.


Good Dinosaur Paper Plate Craft >>> Simply Today Life


You can easily make these into face puppets as well by creating holes for eyes and tying a string around or adding a popsicle stick at the bottom. – Simply Today Life


Dinosaur Mask >>> Mom.Me


Paper Plate Dragons >>> Pink Stripey Socks


If you have a dragon lover at home, then you’ll love this craft too.  I’ve even included a template so that you can easily make these paper plate dragons with your little ones too!   – Pink Stripey Socks


Dinosaurs with Templates >>> Learn with Play at Home


Here’s an activity for all the dinosaur-loving kids out there. These paper plate-a-sauruses are based on the real species and all feature a colourful paper plate body with a paper cut-out head, legs and tail. They can help kids learn the real names of the dinosaurs and also have a fun, messy art and craft element to them. – Learn with Play at Home


These crafts can also be paired with some super cute dinosaur books. Would be great for a homeschool unit study. 



Even more fun dinosaur crafts

  • [easyazon_link identifier=”B00QXKMZMM” locale=”US” nw=”y” nf=”y” tag=”thgisli03-20″]Decorate-Your-Own Dinosaur Figurines Craft Kit[/easyazon_link]
  • [easyazon_link identifier=”B009B7M44I” locale=”US” nw=”y” nf=”y” tag=”thgisli03-20″]Scratch Art Color-Reveal Pictures Activity Book: Dinosaurs[/easyazon_link]
  • [easyazon_link identifier=”B01H4C8UZ8″ locale=”US” nw=”y” nf=”y” tag=”thgisli03-20″]Ultimate Dinosaur Play Sand[/easyazon_link]
  • [easyazon_link identifier=”B01KKPU88I” locale=”US” nw=”y” nf=”y” tag=”thgisli03-20″]Prehistoric Reusable Sticker Pad[/easyazon_link]
  • [easyazon_link identifier=”B00KNB0P7O” locale=”US” nw=”y” nf=”y” tag=”thgisli03-20″]Kids Wood Ornament Kit Dinosaur[/easyazon_link]
  • [easyazon_link identifier=”B00200JX3S” locale=”US” nw=”y” nf=”y” tag=”thgisli03-20″]Smithsonian Diggin’ Up Dinosaurs T-Rex[/easyazon_link]


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Chelsea January 18, 2015 - 12:13 PM

These little dinosaurs are absolutely adorable! I love that they’re made out of paper plates– that we ALWAYS have on hand. (Because hello? No dishwasher here! eek!) I can’t wait to make these with my daughter this week! Thanks so much for sharing these little cuties!

Kelly Hedgespeth of Simply Kelly Designs January 20, 2015 - 8:25 AM

These are so cute!!!! Definitely going to have my kids make some of these! Thanks for sharing. Pinning!

Melissa Coleman January 20, 2015 - 9:21 AM

Thanks Kelly! My daughter had a lot of fun making them and the best part is all you need is some paper plates, glue and paint (or even crayons really).

Just Plain Marie January 21, 2015 - 11:38 AM

Oh, I have a little dinosaur fan who will love making these for his friends.

Melissa Coleman January 22, 2015 - 8:17 AM

🙂 We love dinosaurs in our house too.

Kelly @ Mum-bo-Jumbo January 27, 2015 - 8:29 AM

What a fantastic and easy craft to make! My son is currently going through the dinosaur obsessed stage and this is a perfect craft activity to do with him. I also love the “You are Dino-Mite” message – cute! Thanks for sharing this post at #turnituptuesday

Melissa Coleman January 27, 2015 - 11:45 AM

He would definitely have lots of fun making these if he is a dino fan. If you wanted to take it a extra step you could add little brads to the legs to make his legs move.

Christie January 31, 2015 - 6:43 AM

These are super cute!! Perfect for a class project or some quiet time at home. Pinned!

jessica matier (@AW2SL) February 3, 2015 - 4:36 PM

This is a great idea! I think we might use it as a regular craft for homeschool instead of a Valentine. Thanks for sharing at the Project Parade!

Melissa Coleman February 3, 2015 - 4:43 PM

That is a great idea to use it for homeschool. If you add some brads you can make his legs, tail and head move as well.

Pinterest Addicted February 5, 2015 - 7:54 AM

This is a fabulous idea! I am a student teacher currently and my mentor teacher asked me to look around for Valentines craft projects for the kiddos. Thanks for the post, pinned it!

Melissa Coleman February 5, 2015 - 5:01 PM

I think it would be one that the kiddos would enjoy. Thanks for pinning. 🙂

Lauren Price February 11, 2016 - 4:56 PM

These are cute and easy. Great idea to keep the kids busy while teaching them. Thank you for posting!