Paper Plate Crab Craft

Have a spare paper plate? Make a paper plate crab craft with your kid! This is a fun little summer project that celebrates ocean life.

It’s a great craft to make after a barbecue as we’re sure there will be a paper plate or two to spare or to make in summer camps with kids, as a pack of paper plates is an inexpensive craft supply perfect for larger groups.

Paper plate crab craft for kids.

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When planning your summer crafts with kids, ocean animals are one of the most obvious choices. Nothing speaks summer more than fish, whales, crabs, sharks and such. Well, maybe ice cream.

Paper Plate Crab Summer Craft

How to Make the Paper Plate Crab Craft

What You Need:

  • pencil
  • scissors
  • glue stick
  • paper plate
  • white paper
  • black paper
  • colored paper (red and pink)
  • red paint (acrylic, watercolor, or other)
  • paintbrush
  • black marker

Step by Step Tutorial

One paper plate will make one crab craft.

Step 1

Cut the top off in a curve to make the crab’s body.

Step 2

Paint the plate red and wait for the paint to dry.

Step 3

Draw the claw shape on red construction paper.

Step 4

Cut out the shape to get twice.

Step 5

Glue the claws to the top of the crab’s body, one on each side.

Step 6

Cut out crab legs and glue them to the bottom of the paper plate.

Step 7

Cut or punch out two large which paper circles and two smaller black circles. Glue the black circles onto the white ones and to make the eyes. Glue the eyes onto the body.

Step 8

This step is optional but super cute, paint pink cheeks or use pink paper to make them.

Step 9

Using a black marker, draw a smile on their crab.

Step 10

All done!

Step 11

As the summer days unfold, continue to inspire your little ones to explore their creativity by repurposing everyday items like paper plates into fun and summer crafts.

DIY Paper Plate Crab Craft

Spark kids’ love for our planet by doing eco-friendly projects, turning recycling into a playful adventure that sticks with them forever!

Easy Paper Plate Crab Craft

Happy crafting!

Paper Plate Crab Craft Idea

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