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Super Easy Halloween Paper Plate Craft for Toddlers

After missing Monday’s post due to Hurricane Matthew, we are back with this simple Halloween craft!

This paper plate activity is not only super easy, it’s also inexpensive and perfect if you need something fun to do at a moment’s notice. Rainy day? Let’s make paper plate pumpkins! Crabby child? Purple monster faces it is! See where I’m going with this? Even for the self-proclaimed non-crafty, Pinterest-failers among us, this craft can so happen.

All you need are a few simple things. At the very least you’ll need: paper plates, paint, and a foam brush, and we are on our way to having our front windows decked out with these adorable paper plate faces for Halloween.

At 16 months old (excuse me while I bawl my eyes out), this was the perfect craft for Harper. She is finally getting to the point where she realizes certain things shouldn’t go in her mouth (cell phone chargers, crayons, dog hair), so I can sort of trust her with the paint/paintbrush combo. I should probably also mention that unless you want your beautiful white kitchen polka-dotted with purple stamps, this should most certainly be a supervised or outdoor craft, but you already knew that, Marla. So since it was a little chilly out, I used scotch tape to secure some old newspaper to her Ikea Latt table and she happily stamped away. 

For this craft, you will need:

  • Plain white paper plates
  • A foam brush (such as these)
  • Non-toxic, washable paint (I used Creatology from Michael’s, but you could also get some Crayola paint for cheap here on Amazon)
  • Markers and construction paper for finishing touches

Since the pack of paint I had didn’t come with purple or orange, I got old school and mixed red and blue to make purple, and red and yellow to make orange. I also added a few drops of regular old food coloring to help brighten up the colors.

Easy Halloween Paper Plate Craft


It feels silly to even provide steps for this craft, but this is basically how I did it:

Pour the paint onto one plate, and turn the other plate upside down. I showed Harper how to dip into the paint and then stamp the plate. When she was finished, I smoothed out the paint and added the faces with black paint. Obviously the older the kid, the more involved they can be with the craft! You could also use stickers, foam letters, glitter, whatever works!

Easy Halloween Paper Plate Craft

We made an orange pumpkin, a purple monster, and a green Frankenstein’s monster!

Side Note: this craft is also great for sensory play. I let Harper fingerpaint a little and just smush the foam brush in her hands. For a baby who is very sensitive about her hands getting dirty, despite her expression in this picture, she sure had a great time with the paint!

Easy Halloween Paper Plate Craft

For some more fall craft inspiration, check out these ideas!

Pumpkin Spice Latte Sugar Scrub

How to Host the Ultimate Fall Pinterest Party

No-Bake Pumpkin Pie Fro-Yo Bites

Also, be sure to follow my Fall Crafts & Decor Pinterest Board! 

Don’t Forget to Pin It!

Seriously loving this adorable and easy paper plate Halloween craft for toddlers and kids. All it takes is a few simple household items to throw together and you've got the perfect fall craft for toddlers!

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  • Ash @ Spit Up and Sit Ups
    October 14, 2016 at 3:03 PM

    This is super cute! I will have to get my toddler in on the painting action!

    • Marla
      October 14, 2016 at 8:21 PM

      Thanks, Ash! The foam brushes make it so easy for them to paint!

  • Megan @ The Many Little Joys
    October 14, 2016 at 5:34 PM

    I love super simple crafts. When they get too complicated, I tend to try to take over, thus ruining the whole point of my CHILD doing the craft. This one is totally something my boys could do on their own, and then I could help them with drawing faces, or just give them stickers to do it themselves. Thanks for sharing! (P.S. – I’ve been loving your blog and all the learning and literacy posts you’ve done.)

    • Marla
      October 14, 2016 at 8:24 PM

      Haha right?! I see too many Pinterest crafts that look like they weren’t done by kids! When Harper is a little older I know she will like to help paint the faces on. Thanks so much! I also love your site. Must be an English teacher thing 🙂

  • emmalee13
    October 14, 2016 at 6:19 PM

    They are so cute! I love this idea!

    • Marla
      October 14, 2016 at 8:24 PM

      Yay! Thank you!

  • lovelyluckylife
    October 14, 2016 at 11:06 PM

    These are really cute! My kids (2 and 4) are SO into Halloween this year – they would love this!

    • Marla
      October 15, 2016 at 2:55 PM

      Yay! So glad to hear it!

  • Anjali Sengar
    October 17, 2016 at 12:56 PM

    They are so pretty 🙂

    • Marla
      October 17, 2016 at 1:39 PM

      Thanks, Anjali!