Make some sparkly paper plate dinosaurs with our set of printable templates!
This craft has been updated and extended into an ebook of 12 fun dinosaur templates complete with facts about each animal and a page of environmentally-friendly paper googly eyes.
Who doesn’t love a good dinosaur craft?
We’ve named these glittery paper plate dinosaurs “the sparkle-a-sauruses”, and they are now hanging on the girls’ bedroom cupboard magically guarding against any ghosts or monsters who might dare to sneak into their bedroom at night. You can make some too using paper plates, our templates and a few basic craft supplies!
Although we’ve decorated this set with glitter, they don’t need to be. You could decorate them any way you like, for example: using ordinary paint, tissue paper squares, sponge stamps, spot stickers etc. Use your imagination and go wild!
You can get the Diplodocus template delivered to your inbox for free by entering your email into the box provided. The rest of the templates (plus more) can be found in our Paper Plate Dinosaur Ebook.
You will need:
- The printable templates found in our dinosaur ebook, or use the free diplodocus template you can get delivered to your inbox by entering your email address into the box provided
- Paper plates cut in half (standard size is best but I used the smaller size and had to trim two spikes from the Stegosaurus’s spine to be able to make it fit, but for the rest of the templates it makes no difference)
- PVA (school) glue
- Loose glitter
- Googly eyes, or use the printable paper googly eyes provided in the ebook
- Paintbrush and stapler
- Coloured construction paper
Use a paintbrush to cover the back of your paper plates with glue, sprinkle liberally with plenty of glitter and then hold up and shake the excess off.
Glitter is very messy to work with, especially when kids are getting involved, so this is best done outside over a large sheet of paper to catch the spilled glitter. You can attempt to put any excess glitter back in the container by folding a crease in the paper once you’re done and pouring it back in.
If the idea of working with messy glitter makes you cringe it might not be worth the stress (because remember craft is supposed to be fun not stressful). You are probably better off just painting the plates like we did in the original version here, or let the kids dream up their own way of decorating them (I’m sure they’ll come up with something).
While the glitter is drying print out the dinosaur templates. Coloured heavy paper stock is best for this part.
Cut out the legs, heads and tails and when the paper plate has dried staple the pieces on to create your dinosaurs. Stick on one googly eye each and you’re done.
Raaah, don’t you love our Sparkle-a-saurus-Rex?