This cute paper plate giraffe craft is great for kids of all ages. Toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergarten kids will love this simple and fun paper plate giraffe craft. This giraffe craft is great whether you’re looking for something artistic to do, learning about animals, you homeschool, or in the classroom! So grab your crafting supplies and let’s make this easy paper plate giraffe craft!

Paper Plate Giraffe craft for kids - finished craft shown on a table background  Kids Activities Blog
Let’s make a giraffe craft out of a paper plate!

Paper Plate Giraffe Craft

Paper plate crafts are easy and fun for kids of all ages. This Easy Paper Plate Giraffe Craft is perfect for kids who are learning about African animals or have just enjoyed a field trip to the zoo. This works great for kids as young as preschool at home or in the classroom.

Looking for an easy giraffe craft? Or more zoo animal crafts to supplement your preschoolers education or elementary children themed lesson plan? Look no further! We have the most adorable giraffe craft. Kids love paper plate crafts and this paper craft is even more fun because it is extra fun to paint paper plates. What a fun idea! Make an easy paper giraffe!

Budget-Friendly Paper Plate Giraffe Craft For Kids

You really only need basic supplies for this child’s craft. This easy craft only requires 3 paint colors. We used a sponge brush to make our circles, but for a fun sensory experience, invite kids to use their fingertips.

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Paper Plate Giraffe Craft Supplies - on wooden background are the supplies needed to make a giraffe craft including paper plates, glue, paint brushes, googly eyes, paint and scissors - Kids Activities Blog
This is what you will need to make a giraffe from a paper plate!

Simple Craft Supplies Needed for Paper Plate Giraffe Craft

Directions for Making a Giraffe from a Paper Plate

Step 1 Paper Plate Giraffe Craft - painting paper plates yellow
Let’s paint the paper plates yellow.

Step 1

After gathering supplies, paint 3 paper plates yellow, and 2 paper plates pink.

Step 2

Allow the paint to dry completely.

Step 3

When the yellow paint is dry, dab brown circles around the plate. We varied the sizes, as my son reminded me that every giraffe’s spots are unique.

Step 3 Paper Plate Giraffe Craft - adding googly eyes to the giraffe craft
Next, let’s add the giraffe’s eyes!

Step 4

Glue 2 large wiggly eyes to the middle of the yellow plate. Set the giraffe’s head aside.

Step 4 Paper Plate Giraffe Craft - cutting and pasting the giraffe ears
Now it is time to make the giraffe’s ears.

Step 5

Cut ears for the giraffe with the remaining paper plates. Glue the pink paper plate on top of the yellow plates.

Allow the glue to dry completely.

Tip: You could give kids a pattern to trace for the horns and ears, but the giraffes look super cute when kids make their ears and horns all different.

Step 6

Cut horns and a snout for the giraffe from the scraps of the yellow paper plate.

Step 6 Paper Plate Giraffe Craft - add the horns to the paper plate giraffe craft
What cute horns you have!

Step 7

Glue the horns and snout to the giraffe, then use the marker to draw a nose and mouth on the giraffe.

Finished Paper Plate Giraffe craft shown on wood background
Isn’t our giraffe craft adorable?

Finished Paper Plate Giraffe Craft

When all the glue is dry, your giraffe is done! Isn’t it cute? The perfect craft for animal lovers.

For added fun, glue the paper plate giraffe to a wooden paint stirrer to make a puppet!

Why We Love Giraffe Crafts

Giraffes are an interesting animal, mainly for their height, and their long neck. Because let’s be honest, they have an incredibly long neck. Their uniqueness makes them one of the more iconic zoo animals.

And while this cute giraffe paper craft may not have a long neck or the long legs of the giraffe, it still shows the top of the head.

Brown paint small circles (which is also fine motor skills practice) , smiley face made with a black marker, and the cutting and glue…it’s really just a fun paper giraffe craft that you can use at home or in the classroom.

Want to make this giraffe craft educational? Add some fun facts or visit the local zoo!

Cute Paper Plate Giraffe Craft For Kids

Cute Paper Plate Giraffe Craft For Kids

This cute paper plate giraffe craft for kids is great for kids of all ages. Simple, fun, a little messy, this giraffe craft is perfect for in the classroom or at home.


  • white paper plate (6)
  • yellow, brown, and pink paint
  • paint brush
  • large wiggly eyes
  • scissors
  • glue
  • white permanent marker


  1. Paint 3 paper plates yellow, and 2 paper plates pink.
  2. Allow the paper plates to dry.
  3. When the yellow and pink paint have dried, add brown circles to the yellow painted plates.
  4. Glue 2 big wiggly eyes to the middle of the yellow plate, and set that plate, the giraffe's head, aside.
  5. Cut the ears for giraffe using the other pink and yellow painted paper plates.
  6. Glue the pink paper onto the yellow plates.
  7. Let the glue dry on the ears.
  8. Cut the horns and snout for the giraffe using the leftover yellow painted paper plate.
  9. Glue the horns and snout to the giraffe's head.
  10. Then use a marker to draw the nose and mouth on the giraffe's snout.

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Looking for another fun craft? Then check out another simple giraffe craft. Whether you’re coloring a giraffe head or using a giraffe template to make your own little giraffe, we have all the fun ideas for giraffe arts.

And if you are curious… here are 6 reasons why arts and crafts for kids are beneficial for their development!

Did your kids enjoy this paper plate giraffe craft?

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