DIY Paper Plate Whale Puppet

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DIY Paper Plate Whale Puppet

Introduction:

Teach your kids how to assemble and play with this paper plate whale puppet! With the help of our step-by-step tutorial below, we’ll teach you how to make a whale swim up and down on the sea using a popsicle stick. Grab the materials needed and print the free printable below to start crafting!

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Tools

  • Stapler
  • Scissors
  • Paintbrush
  • Pencil

Supplies

  • 2 Paper Plates
  • Glue
  • Popsicles Sticks
  • Poster Paint
  • Blue construction paper
  • Printables (Download below for printable)
How to Make a Paper Plate Whale - Materials
How to Make a Paper Plate Whale - Materials

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Step 1

Make the base of the paper plate whale

How to Make a Paper Plate Whale - Step 1

Grab a piece of the paper plate and fold it in half

How to Make a Paper Plate Whale - Step 2

Cut a small slit along the illustrated dashed line on the image above.

The slit should be wide enough for the popsicle slit to slide through.

How to Make a Paper Plate Whale - Step 3

Unfold the paper plate.

Step 2

Paint the base of the paper plate whale

How to Make a Paper Plate Whale - Step 4

Color the top part of the paper plate until the slit. Paint the sky with your choice of color.

Here we mixed blue and white to make a light blue sky. You may opt for a purple or blue color to make a night sky or something else.

How to Make a Paper Plate Whale - Step 5

Paint a sun (or a moon) in the sky.

How to Make a Paper Plate Whale - Step 6

Then using white paint, paint some clouds.

If you’re doing a night sky, paint some stars.

How to Make a Paper Plate Whale - Step 7

Once the sky has been painted, set it aside to dry.

Step 3

Cut out each of the elements in the printable.

How to Make a Paper Plate Whale - Step 8

Download then print the whale printable by clicking the yellow download button above. After printing it, cut along the outer edges of each element with a pair of scissors.

How to Make a Paper Plate Whale - Step 9

Once cut, you should have three whales and a template for the waves.

Step 4

Create the sea for the paper plate whale craft

How to Make a Paper Plate Whale - Step 10

Get a piece of blue construction paper, a pencil, scissors, and the template of the waves.

How to Make a Paper Plate Whale - Step 11

Place the template on top of the blue paper (follow how it was placed on the picture above).

How to Make a Paper Plate Whale - Step 12

Then, trace the side of the wave only using a pencil.

How to Make a Paper Plate Whale - Step 13

Cut along the outline made using the pencil.

How to Make a Paper Plate Whale - Step 14

Place the painted paper plate halfway on top of the blue paper. Use the image above as a guide on how to place it.

How to Make a Paper Plate Whale - Step 15

Trace the bottom part of the paper plate with a pencil.

How to Make a Paper Plate Whale - Step 16

Cut along the outline made using the pencil.

How to Make a Paper Plate Whale - Step 17

Draw some wave lines on the cutout using white paint or white marker.

How to Make a Paper Plate Whale - Step 18

The sea for the paper plate whale is finished.

Step 5

Stick a popsicle on the whale

How to Make a Paper Plate Whale - Step 20

Choose one of the whale cutouts to use. Here we have a pink, yellow and blue whale. We chose a yellow whale for this project since it contrasts nicely with the sky we painted on the paper plate base.

How to Make a Paper Plate Whale - Step 20

Stick one of the whales on one end of the paper plate.

Step 6

Assemble the paper plate whale

How to Make a Paper Plate Whale - Step 21

Stick the bottom end of the popsicle stick to the slit.

How to Make a Paper Plate Whale - Step 23

Stick it like this. The bottom end of the popsicle stick should be at the back.

How to Make a Paper Plate Whale - Step 24

Now glue the edge of the sea cutout to the bottom half of the paper plate.

How to Make a Paper Plate Whale - Finish

The paper plate whale is done! Move the stick up and down to make the whale move.

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5 COMMENTS

  1. After making this I can say that it was fullfilling!

  2. This is my first try at handcrafting art. I did well thanks to guide

  3. THe whale looks so happy just swimming there🥺

  4. I had a breeze making this with their printable. But people, you can make ur own characters ;P

  5. Me and my family have a discussion most nights. Every evening we share stuff, and for this night my three kids use the whale craft (one whale for every one of them) to their day in story format. Not that the craft was relevant but still. Beautiful artwork.

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