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Completed Paper Plate Dino

Paper Plate Dinosaur Tutorial

February 18, 2013 Sarah Coggins

Dinosaurs continue to be a big hit in this house. As part of celebrating Draw a Dinosaur Day at the end of January, we also made a paper plate dinosaur. Here’s how …


  • paper plate
  • markers, crayons or paint to color the plate
  • scissors
  • brads (glue or tape could also be used)


Step 1 Start by coloring a paper plate. We used markers, but crayons or paint would also work. Use any colors you like – your imagination is the limit.

Step 1: Color Paper Plate Dino

Step 2 Cut the plate into 3 pieces as shown below by cutting it first in half and then cutting one of the pieces in half again to create 2 quarter pieces.

Step 2: Cut Paper Plate Dino Pieces

Step 3 From the one of the quarter pieces, help your child cut a tail. Start at the smooth portion and cut a curve back toward the outer edge of the plate on the opposite side of the piece to create the tail. Don’t toss the extra piece. Set it aside.

Step 4 Take the other quarter piece and cut a neck/head shape. Again, save the remaining portion.

Step 5 Attach the tail and neck/head using brads (glue or tape could also be used).

Step 3: Cutting Paper Plate Dino Legs

Step 6 Take the “extra” pieces left from cutting the tail and neck/head and cut 4 legs. Attach these to the body as well.

Step 4: Attach Paper Plate Dino Pieces

That’s it – you’ve made a paper plate dinosaur! (How my son got his to stand on its own is beyond me! Preschooler magic?)

Completed Paper Plate Dinosaur

A version of this post originally ran on January 24, 2013 for Arts & Crafts Thursday at Mom in the Triangle blog here.


  • Hailey February 18, 2013 at 3:37 pm
    how fun!
  • Staci February 18, 2013 at 4:59 pm
    Very cute! :-)
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