Fall is the perfect time to make a paper plate pumpkin craft with kids. Our rocking paper plate pumpkin or Jack’O’Lantern is a super easy craft idea to get your little ones in the Halloween spirit!
This is a very simple last-minute craft you can make with basic supplies. All you need is 2 paper plates, paint, a stapler, and some paper.
Kids will be so excited to make this rocking pumpkin as it is so much fun to watch the pumpkin moving when they tap its sides.
These paper plate pumpkin crafts make a great kid-made Halloween decor and are quick to put together. Toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergarteners will enjoy making so many of these pumpkins with a little help from grown-ups. These are also perfect for school-age kids.
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Supplies you need to make an easy rocking paper plate pumpkin craft
- Two paper plates
- Construction paper
- Paint and paint brush
How to make a paper plate pumpkin fall craft
Creating this rocking paper plate pumpkin is incredibly easy, making it a perfect craft to do with kids of all ages. Follow our step-by-step instructions, and you’ll have a cute and cheerful pumpkin in no time!
To get started on your paper plate pumpkin craft, you’ll need two paper plates. Begin by taking one of the paper plates and drawing a curvy line on it. This curvy line will be the outline for your pumpkin’s body.
Once you’ve drawn the line, carefully cut along it using a pair of scissors.
Now we need to cut the second paper plate in the same shape.
To do this, place the first paper plate on top of the other paper plate, aligning them carefully. This will help you use the shape you’ve already cut as a template to create an identical shape on the second paper plate.
Once they are properly aligned, trace around the edge of the first paper plate onto the second one. After that, you can use your scissors to cut along the traced line on the second paper plate.
To give your paper plate pumpkin its signature orange color, paint both of the paper plates’ outer sides with orange paint. We used acrylic paint for this step. Using a paintbrush, apply an even coat of orange paint to cover the entire surface of both paper plates.
Make sure the paint is thoroughly dry before moving on to the next steps to ensure your pumpkin looks its best.
Once the paint dries, place both the paper plates together with the inner sides coming face to face. Staple both of them together at the top where the curvy sides meet. You’ll only need to place two staples, ensuring there’s some space between the staple pins to leave room for the pumpkin’s stem.
To create the stem of your paper plate pumpkin, start by cutting a rectangular piece of brown cardstock. Once you have the rectangular piece, apply a small drop of glue to one end of it.
Next, gently insert the glued end of the brown cardstock into the middle of the pumpkin, right between the two staple pins. Carefully position and fix it in place.
Cut out a leaf shape from green construction paper and attach it behind the pumpkin’s stem.
To finish your paper plate pumpkin craft, cut out the eyes, nose, and mouth shapes from yellow or black construction paper, and carefully stick them onto the pumpkin’s face. This step will give your pumpkin a friendly and expressive look, adding to its character.
Now, make the pumpkin more wide open by gently pushing the paper plates apart from the inside so you will see an inverted V shape on the sides.
To make your paper plate pumpkin rock, simply place it on the table and give its sides a gentle tap. You’ll see the pumpkin starting to sway and rock back and forth, creating a playful and delightful motion.
If you want to see this paper plate pumpkin craft in action, check out the below video!
We hope you had a wonderful time making this fun rocking paper plate pumpkin craft!
Your kids are in for a Halloween full of fun with this rocking paper plate pumpkin craft! It’s a creative and enjoyable activity that will surely bring smiles and excitement! From crafting the pumpkin to watching it rock, this project is perfect for getting into the Halloween spirit while having a great time.
More fun craft ideas for Halloween!
Keep the creative spirit alive and explore more exciting craft projects, as there are so many wonderful things you can create with just a bit of imagination and some simple materials.
Recycled cardboard Haunted castle craft – So, whether you’re looking for more crafting ideas or just some new and entertaining fall projects for kids, our recycled cardboard Haunted castle craft is a wonderful choice. It’s a fantastic way to recycle materials while having a blast creating something awesome with your little ones.
Paper straw monster craft – Kids can use paper straws in different colors to design their unique, funny-faced monsters. Give it a try, and you’ll be amazed at the silly and adorable monsters your children can create!
Paper plate rocking witch craft – Pairing this rocking pumpkin craft with our paper plate rocking witchcraft is a fantastic way to double the creative excitement. Our witch craft lets children create an enchanting witch figure that rocks back and forth, adding an extra layer of interactive fun!
Paper witch craft – Kids can create a charming witch figure complete with whimsical curly hair, adding an extra touch of enchantment to their craft. With easy-to-follow instructions and common crafting materials, it’s a perfect choice for children to explore their artistic side and have more crafting fun.