Making a Paper Plate Jack-O'-Lantern

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December 7, 2015

Paper Plate Jack-O-LanternPaper plate Jack-o-lanterns are a fun, kid-friendly project to make at home or at school.



  • paper plate
  • orange tissue paper
  • green construction paper
  • brown construction paper
  • black construction paper
  • Elmer's school glue
  • scissors


  1. Trace your child's hand onto green construction paper and cut it out. Cut a stem out of the brown construction paper.
  2. trace hand on green paper
    stem and leaf
  3. Cut the orange tissue paper into 1 inch strips, then cut the strips into small squares.
  4. tissue strips
    tissue squares
  5. Apply a thin layer of glue to an area and adhere the tissue paper squares. Overlap the squares, covering the whole plate. Allow glue to dry.
  6. apply glue
    adhere tissue squares 2
    adhere tissue squares 3

  7. Put squares all the way out to the edge, allowing them to overhang the edge. Use scissors to trim off the excess.
  8. adhere tissue squares 4
    trim off excess paper
    tissue covered plate
  9. Attach the stem and handprint leaf to the top of the pumpkin.
  10. attach stem
  11. Draw a Jack-o-lantern face on the black construction paper. Cut the face out and glue it to the pumpkin. Attach a string to the top for hanging if you want.
  12. attach face
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October 31, 2016

Here is a cute Halloween craft using paper plates and hand tracings. Learn how to make it in this short video.

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