This fun and simple craft for kids of all ages is perfect for horse lovers! With just a handful of art supplies, plus our free printable pattern template, this paper plate horse craft is a great option.
Check out this adorable craft! Whether you want a preschool craft for your barnyard animals unit, or you’re looking for a fun and relatively simple pony camp art activity, this one fits the bill. For camp, or a rainy day at home, or a school art project that looks great on a bulletin board, we just love how these paper plate horse crafts turned out!
The supplies needed are common ones – things you probably have lying around the house. See below for our free printable template. The template contains patterns to trace for the horse’s facial features.
- Construction paper (black and light pink)
- Double-sided tape
- Paper plate
- Acrylic Paint (I used titanium white and burnt sienna)
- Our printable pattern template
NOTE: This printable file is for PERSONAL USE ONLY. You may NOT sell the digital file or sell the printed work. You may NOT redistribute the digital file or printed work.
Follow these step-by-step directions to make your own paper plate horse:
1. Gather the paint, paintbrush and paper plate.
2. Paint the entire paper plate with a brown acrylic paint
3. Mix the brown and white paints to make an orange-ish color. It’s up to you what the exact shade is – as long as it’s lighter than the original brown, it will work. Paint the nose and mouth of the horse.
4. Print and cut out our pattern template. Trace the patterns on the corresponding papers: cheek ovals on pink paper, eyes and mane on black paper and ear triangles on the cardboard. For the white stripe for the horse’s face, cut out and use the white stripe from the template page you printed.
5. For the ears, paint the base with the brown paint and then paint the inner ear with the brown/white mixture that you used for the nose and mouth.
6. Once all paint has dried, it is time to assemble the horse’s face! Use the double-sided tape to attach the various pieces to the plate. Use our pictures as examples of where to place the objects. Everything goes on the front of the plate EXCEPT for the ears. The ears are attached on the backside of the top of the plate.
If you decide to give this craft a try, let us know how it turned out for you! If you post a picture of it on social media, feel free to tag us – we would love to see it!