We are already starting to daydream about days at the beach and fun in the sun. With summer just around the corner, now is the perfect time to create some adorable and fun summer-themed crafts and paper plate activities with your kids! This Paper Plate Crab Craft is no exception!
This paper plate crab craft is perfect for kids, toddlers, and even preschoolers. It’s the perfect addition to a lesson about ocean animals, or a fun way to have some ocean fun when you can’t go to the beach!
How To Make A Crab Paper Plate Craft
This crab plate craft is so easy to make and uses mostly materials you already have at home! Craft supplies can get expensive, so I’m always on the lookout for easy crafts that utilize materials we have at home. Your kids will have a blast playing with this fun little crab all summer long.
Paper Plate Crab Materials
- 1 paper plate
- Red paper
- Chenille stem
- Popsicle stick, if desired
- Printable Crab Paper Plate templates
Paper Plate Crab Craft Directions
To use a print and cut device (such as Cricut Explore), use the PNG images. Upload to your machine software and cut according to manufacturer’s instructions. Size the pieces as follows:
Crab claws = 7 inches in height
Red eye = 3 inches in width
White eye = 2 inches in width
Black eye = 1 inch in width
If not using the print and cut option, print the PDF and cut pieces apart.
Trace the paper plate on a piece of red paper. Cut the circle from the paper.
Cut slits around the edge of the edge. Glue the paper to the paper plate with the edges overlapping as needed to fit the curve of the paper plate. Allow the plate to dry completely.
Create the eyes by gluing the round pieces in a stack with the red under the white and the black in the middle of the white. Cut a chenille stem in half and attach one eye to each piece.
Decorate the paper plate by attaching pieces with glue.
Glue or tape the paper plate to the popsicle stick, if desired.
Allow the craft to dry completely before playing or displaying.