Paper Plate Jack-O-Lantern

We’ve done a lot of Halloween crafts over the years. I’ve been trying create projects for all age groups and today’s project is perfect for the preschool crowd. (Although my kindergartner and 2nd grader also enjoyed making these.)

We took a simple concept, the paper plate jack-o-lantern, and added a twist.

These double as a sun catcher and the yellow tissue paper helps give them a glow when they’re hanging in a sunny window.

Grab some paper plates for this simple Halloween craft for kids: Paper Plate Jack-O-Lantern. It looks great hanging in a window!

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Let’s grab a few supplies and get started on our paper plate jack-o-lanterns.

Grab some paper plates for this simple Halloween craft for kids: Paper Plate Jack-O-Lantern. It looks great hanging in a window!

Supplies Needed:

Paper plate
Pencil
Sharp Scissors (for adult use)
Orange paint
Black paint
Yellow tissue paper
Brown construction paper
Glue stick

Grab some paper plates for this simple Halloween craft for kids: Paper Plate Jack-O-Lantern. It looks great hanging in a window!

How to make your paper plate jack-o-lantern

Have the kids draw a jack-o-lantern face on the bottom of the paper plate.

Use the sharp scissors to cut out the face. This is the part that a grown-up will want to help with, since it requires sharp scissors to make the cuts.

Grab some paper plates for this simple Halloween craft for kids: Paper Plate Jack-O-Lantern. It looks great hanging in a window!

Once the pieces are all cut out, paint the entire paper plate orange.

Use the black paint to outline around all the cut pieces. We found that the black outline helped our jack-o-lantern face stand out more.

Grab some paper plates for this simple Halloween craft for kids: Paper Plate Jack-O-Lantern. It looks great hanging in a window!

Let the paint dry a bit, and then turn your paper plate jack-o-lantern over and glue down a piece of yellow tissue paper. We cut a piece that would fit inside the plate and would cover all the open spots. We used a glue stick so that it would dry quickly.

Cut a stem from your brown construction paper and glue it to the top of your jack-o-lantern.

Grab some paper plates for this simple Halloween craft for kids: Paper Plate Jack-O-Lantern. It looks great hanging in a window!

Once they’re done (and fully dry), hang your jack-o-lanterns up in the window. The tissue paper will help give your jack-o-lantern a glow like it was lit up by a candle.

This paper plate jack-o-lantern is  fun to make and very pretty once it’s done!

Have fun crafting this Halloween season!

Grab some paper plates for this simple Halloween craft for kids: Paper Plate Jack-O-Lantern. It looks great hanging in a window!

You may also like one of these fun Halloween crafts:

Cardboard Tube Halloween Mummy Craft

Spider Web Wreath Halloween Craft

Halloween Black Cat Mask

Halloween Torn Paper Art at Easy Peasy and Fun

Recycled Snack Cup Windsock Ghost at Artsy Momma

 

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Terri is a writer and mom of two elementary-aged girls. She has a passion for learning and is always looking for ways to make learning fun. You can find her at Better Than Homework where she shares fun learning activities or Creative Family Fun where she shares art, craft, and family fun ideas.

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