Fierce Shark Paper Plate Craft to Make for Shark Week

Today we have a fiercely cute shark paper plate craft that is great for kids of all ages with just a few supplies.

Shark Week in our house marks a fun week of shark crafts and activities. We think this super fun and easy shark week craft is the perfect way to spend a few minutes today creating and crafting together.

Our youngest son really wanted a shark craft he could pretend to “bite” his older siblings with and that’s when we decided a shark paper plate craft was fun and a harmless way for him to do that. This paper plate craft has a moving shark mouth with shark teeth so if you’ve got a little one that likes to bite and chomp, this is the perfect shark craft to do on a hot, sunny day!

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Chomping Paper Plate Shark Craft for Kids

Supplies Needed to Make a Shark Paper Plate

Directions to Make a Shark Paper Plate Craft

Step 1

Start by cutting off the outer rim of the paper plate. Now fold paper plate in half so that you have an idea of how the mouth will look and to make a crease in the plate.

Step 2

Unfold the plate and start cutting triangle shaped teeth around the entire edge of the plate.

Step 3

When you have cut out all the teeth, fold plate in half again and start painting the outside of the plate blue. Don’t paint the teeth. Leave them white.

Step 4

Once the blue paint has dried, paint the inside of the mouth red. Again don’t paint the teeth. If your plate is not white just use some white paint on the teeth.

Step 5

Set aside to dry.

Now take your blue foam paper and cut out a fin using scissors. Make sure the fin isn’t too big or too small compared to the plate.

Step 6

When all the paint is dry, use some glue, we prefer a hot glue, to attach the two google eyes and fin on the top of the folded plate. It doesn’t matter which side you choose to make the top. Do whatever looks best to you.

Now the plate resembles a shark with some nice big chompers .

The plate should stay some what open on its own and you can hold it from the back end and squeeze on the top and bottom together to make the mouth open and close.

Watch Our Short Video How to Make a Shark from a Paper Plate

Get ready to chomp and bite on some fish…or your brother {giggle}.

Yield: 1

Craft a Chomping Shark from a Paper Plate

Shark paper plate craft for kids with moving mouth

This shark craft uses a paper plate to create a working, moveable shark biting mouth complete with scary sharp teeth. Kids will love making this fun paper plate shark craft together.

Active Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Difficulty Medium
Estimated Cost $5


  • Paper Plate
  • Acrylic Paint (blue and red)
  • Large Googly Eyes
  • Blue Foam Paper


  • Paint brush
  • Glue
  • Scissors


  1. Cut off the outer rim of the white paper plate. Fold it in half and crease the plate.
  2. Unfold the plate and cut triangles for teeth around the outer edge of the paper plate.
  3. Paint the outside of the shark blue and the inside of the mouth red leaving the teeth white.
  4. Make a shark fin from blue foam craft sheets and attach to the middle of the upper portion of the blue shark top.
  5. Add large googly eyes.


Did your kids love making this chomping shark paper plate craft? Has it been removed for the other children’s safety? <–Hahaha


  1. I am the craft instructor for VBS and the kids really loved these! Even the kids in the nursery dropped what the were doing and ran over to make one. Thank you for this!

  2. Kristen Yard says:

    Aw, I am so happy to hear that everyone enjoyed it!

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