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Kid’s craft: Paper Plate Animal Masks

Does your child love animals? Are you having a birthday party at the zoo or on a farm?

We have a fun, easy craft that will turn your party into a menagerie. With a few inexpensive items — most can even be found at the dollar store — and a little imagination, your guests can make their very own masks to become their favorite animal.


  • Paper plates
  • Construction Paper
  • Scissors
  • Markers/crayons
  • Paint and brushes
  • Elastic cording
  • Cellophane tape
  • Glue


  1. Write guest’s name on top of plate — they will be decorating the bottom.
  2. Cut eye holes in center area of plate.
  3. Poke a small hole on either side of plate near edge.
  4. Let children decorate the plate to resemble their favorite animal using paint, crayons, markers and construction paper — adults should help with cutting — let paint and markers dry, if needed.
  5. When completely decorated, measure elastic cording and insert each end into the small holes and tie a knot. Tape knot to secure.

Have an animal parade with all the guests wearing their handmade masks and show off their creativity.

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