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Paper Plate Horse Craft

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This seriously adorable paper plate horse craft is so easy you can have your preschooler create their very own. I love this craft because it's fun and easy, and ignites their creativity.

Get ready to gallop into the world of crafts with this delightful paper plate horse craft.

Below you'll find a step by step guide to show you how I created this craft with my kids and then you can create them however your little would like!

Let's get started.

Paper plate horse craft and a hand holding the side of it.
I love how this horsey turned out, your child's horse will be unique, too.

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Paper plate crafts are one of my favorites to do with my kids because they are easy to find and inexpensive — the best plates for crafts are the extra cheap, flimsy ones.

They are also versatile and forgiving.

You can make a mistake and simply start over, or you can make an entire family of beautiful horses at home without breaking the bank.

Here is a great article about how important crafts are for growing brains. I know we don't need an excuse to add crafts into our lives, but I like to add this just in case you need further convincing. Learn more about the importance of art in child development.

This fun paper plate horse craft is easy to make and ends up looking adorable, it’s a great way to work on those tiny hand muscles to prepare for writing someday, and work on their creative muscles so they can flourish as they grow.

You can add in extra fine motor skills by giving children a different tool to use to paint their horse craft with. Give them a little foam makeup applicator, and it gives their hands a different way to interact with the paint.

My kids are always putting their unique spin on these, and I loved seeing what they could create.

Here is where you can grab your printable template so you can have it ready!

This easy horse craft idea is one of my favorites because there are so many ways this can go. When we do crafts like this, my youngest always ends up with a blue one, my middle child loves green, and my oldest always has red. This might be the result of too much PJ Masks, but who knows!

I love to put crafts on their windowsills or along their bookshelves in their rooms. My kids love when they can decorate their rooms with their own creativity.

They love being surrounded by things they've created with their hands, and I love how proud they are of their work.

We talk about our favorite parts of the day every night before bed, and they often bring up their crafts, because they're surrounded by them, and we talk about how much fun they were.

How to make a horse out of paper plates

Ready to unleash your inner artist and create a charming paper plate horse craft that will impress literally everyone–especially your kids!?

Great! Let's saddle up and get started.

But first, let's gather all the materials we need to create this future masterpiece. Don't forget to grab your horse's face shapes template, which you can find above by adding your email.

Get the full list of supplies and directions in a handy printable version at the end of this post.

everything you need to create a paper plate horse
You might already have everything you need to create this paper plate horse craft
  • Paper Plate
  • Black and Light Pink Construction Paper
  • Cardboard
  • Glue
  • White and brown paint
  • Scissots
  • Pen
  • Paintbrush

You can make this horse craft your own by using different colors, adding other objects for texture such as aluminum foil, pom poms, or crumpled up tissue paper. Let this tutorials help you decide how you want to create your owl.

PIN for later:

Pin this Cute Paper Plate Horse Face Craft to Come Back to Later

Paper plate Horse craft completed on a yellow backdrop with green leaves
Not ready to do this craft just yet? Add it to your favorite craft board on Pinterest!

This easy paper plate horse craft for toddlers is a great activity to do when you introduce farm animals in your homeschool or preschool. It's also great every day — what kid doesn't love horses?

My favorite part about this paper plate owl craft is you can make it as unique to your child as you want. This is all just a way to spark that creativity. Your horse can be blue haired, with a green nose, or make a clydsdale!

Some ideas for changing things up is finding different breeds of horses and trying to make a similar craft, or picking their favorite colors!

Give them free rein to be creative! Once everything is glued down, they can proudly display their masterpiece on the mantle, or make them a fun tabletop decoration for a themed party.

My favorite decorations are the ones my kids made. The cool thing about these little crafts is you can make them every year if you want, or you can remake them like 30 times in a day, like my youngest always asks.

And I LOVE how they can decorate their rooms every season with the crafts they created.

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How to make a paper plate horse step by step

If you'd like a printable version of these instructions, scroll to the bottom!

Grab all your materials and let's go!

Now, it's time to add some color to your paper plate!

Grab your brown paint and let your imagination run wild as you paint the entire plate with bold brushstrokes.

But don't stop there, let's add some lighter shades of brown and white to create a stunning contrast.

Take a look at the picture to get an idea of what your horse's nose and mouth should look like.

paper plate mostly painted brown, but the bottom is a lighter brown, and you can begin to see nostrils for your paper plate horse face craft.
paint your horse's face

As your plate dries, it's time to cut out the horse face shapes. I've provided you with a handy template that shows you which colors to use and how to cut out each shape. Take your time and make sure you cut them out neatly.

white print out of horse shapes along with scissors
a grown up might need to cut out these pieces
cut out the paper plate horse shapes
place your cut out pieces onto the papers you want to cut out.

Next up, let's create some adorable ears for your horse. Take the cardboard triangles you cut out and paint it the same brown as your horse's face. Then, add a smaller triangle of the lighter shade you mixed to create the perfect ears.

two painted cardboard triangles, they are brown and inside the triangles are a lighter brown triangle. They are next to two tubes of paint, one is burnt sienna, the other is titanium white.
cut out your orange stripes and get ready to fold!

Once everything is dry, it's time to bring your horse to life! Carefully add the horse face shapes to the plate using double-sided tape or glue. Make sure everything is aligned properly and press down firmly.

paper plate horse face with all the pieces next to it waiting to be glued together.
Add each piece to your horse's face

Finally, add those ears and voila! Your very own paper plate horse craft is complete.

a completed paper plate horse face with two ears waiting to be glued on.
a dab of glue for each ear!

Here is your completed horse! Yay! You did it!

allow paint and glue to dry and your paper plate horse is complete
Look at how cute he came out!

It is lookin' so adorable now!

You did it! You created a really adorable paper plate horse!

Paper plate Horse craft completed on a yellow backdrop with green leaves

I'm all for letting kids go crazy with these crafts. So if it makes your life easier and your kids are old enough to be trusted with scissors (or you're understanding that you'll have a lot to clean up later!) let them take the reins, and decide how they want theirs to look.

Every horse can be different, and they can still be perfect!

How to make a cute brown horse out of paper plates printable tutorial

Here is a great printable version if you'd like it!

Yield: 1 Horse

Paper Plate Horse Craft for Preschoolers

paper plate horse face on a yellow background with green leaves all over

This DIY paper plate horse craft is so fun to do with the kids. I love how cute it comes out to be, and my horse loving child loves it too!

If your little loves horses and can't get enough crafts, add this to your list!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Active Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Difficulty preschool

Materials

  • Paper Plate
  • Black and light pink construction paper
  • Cardboard
  • Glue
  • White and brown paint
  • Horse Face Shapes Printable

Tools

  • Glue (stick or white glue) and Glue Gun
  • Scissors
  • Paintbrush
  • Pen

Instructions

      1. Begin by gathering up everything you need. everything you need to create a paper plate horse
      2. Don't forget to print out your horse's face shapes, you can find it above this recipe! white print out of horse shapes along with scissors
      3. Paint the whole paper plate with your brown paint.
      4. Add some white and brown together until you get a lighter shade you like, and then use that to paint the bottom of your horse's face. This will be it's nose and mouth. You can see in this picture how you'd like it to look. paper plate mostly painted brown, but the bottom is a lighter brown, and you can begin to see nostrils for your paper plate horse face craft.
      5. Set this aside to dry, and start grab your printed off horse face shapes, and cut them out of the colors explained in the template I provided you. cut out the paper plate horse shapes
      6. Paint the cardboard ears the same brown as your horse's face, and add a smaller triangle in the lighter color you mixed, this will create the ears. two painted cardboard triangles, they are brown and inside the triangles are a lighter brown triangle. They are next to two tubes of paint, one is burnt sienna, the other is titanium white.
      7. Once they're all cut out and painted, you want to add them to the face. Make sure the paint has dried completely before you begin this step. I used double sided tape here, but glue works better! paper plate horse face with all the pieces next to it waiting to be glued together.
      8. Add those ears on after they paint dries completely. a completed paper plate horse face with two ears waiting to be glued on.

Notes

Tips:

Be extra careful with scissors and hot glue around little hands. If it makes you more comfortable, feel free to use regular white glue. I also love using double sided tape, it makes the whole process much quicker and easier because you don't have to wait for glue to dry, or get your fingers sticky.

Let your creativity flow here! You are free to change colors. The choice is yours! I love seeing what my little's create after I show them the instructions, it's always fun and unique!

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