Let’s make a paper plate shark craft for kids of all ages. Grab a few supplies like paper plates, paint, scissors and googly eyes! This simple paper shark craft is sure to get everyone smiling and works great to make at home or in the classroom.

Easy Paper Plate Shark Craft - finished grey and white shark paper plate craft on blue background
Let’s make a shark paper plate craft today!

Easy Shark Paper Plate Craft

This shark paper plate craft is perfect as a Shark Week craft. Kids can customize the shark however they’d like, adding fun decorations to make their own unique creation.

Related: Another paper plate shark craft we adore

I love this easy way to make a paper shark. Sometimes you just need a very simple craft idea. This paper plate shark craft is just that. Easy is better and this shark craft for kids turns out really adorable.

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Supplies Needed for this Easy Paper Shark Craft

Paper Plate Shark craft - another variation on our paper shark craft for kids
Paint your paper shark the color gray or another fun color!

Directions to Make a Shark from a Paper Plate

Step 1

Paint two of the plates using the grey paint — one paper plate will be the body of the shark, and the other paper plate will be used to create its fins.

Tip: My son wanted his shark to have more of a marbled look, so he combined the light grey and dark grey paint. I painted the top of my shark with dark grey and added a light grey belly.

Step 2

Once the paint is dry, cut a small triangle into the body of the shark to create its mouth.

Step 3

Cut the shape of the tail fin and the top and bottom fins from the other plate.

If needed, you can use part of the third plate if necessary, you’ll just have to paint it, too.

Step 4

Cut two sets of teeth from the remaining plate. These will stay white.

2 finished Shark paper Crafts on blue background with white sharp teeth
Our shark craft is so cute!

Step 5

Glue the fins into place and add the googly eyes — now you have a shark!

Finished Paper Plate Shark Craft

We just love how these turned out!

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Paper Plate Shark

Paper plate shark craft for kids of all ages

This very simple shark craft is perfect for kids of all ages. It uses just a handful of supplies and can be customized for any shark ideas your child might have. Let's make a paper plate shark!

Active Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Difficulty easy
Estimated Cost $0


  • 3 white paper plates
  • gray paint
  • googly eyes


  • glue
  • scissors
  • (optional) permanent marker


  1. Paint two paper plates gray - one will be the body of the shark and the other will be used to cut out the fins.
  2. Once the paint is dry, cut out the mouth area from the shark body paper plate.
  3. From the other paper plate, cut out fins and a tail.
  4. Use the third paper plate that is still white to cut out the teeth.
  5. Glue it all together
  6. Add googly eyes and (optional) shark eyebrows with a sharpie.


How did your easy paper plate shark craft turn out?

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