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Paper Plate Crab

Posted by  ·  June 19, 2015  ·  Last Updated: June 19, 2015

This Paper Plate crab is a simple craft that even very young kids can make.  It is a fun kids activity  you can make in just a few minutes.  If you are looking for more boredom busting ideas check out all our summer crafts and activities  ideas to keep kids active and entertained this summer! The best craft bloggers are sharing  fun kids crafts! From making Tissue Paper Wall Art or creating this DIY jewlery painted pasta necklace you will find fun creative ideas that inspire and encourage imaginative play this summer!

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Summer is such a great time to get creative with your kids! I’m Shelly from Dolen Diaries and I’m SO excited to be here today sharing this quick & easy Paper Plate Crab!

Title Paper Plate Crab

This craft is perfect for preschoolers on up.

paper plate crab supplies


  • paper plate
  • scissors
  • 2 wiggly eyes
  • red washi tape
  • red pipe cleaner
  • red washable paint
  • paint brush
  • crab arm template
  • 1 piece of red construction paper
fold paper plate in half

Fold the paper plate in 1/2. Open the paper plate and cut on the line. This deep groove makes it easier to cut straight on the line, perfect for those beginning cutting skills. I buy packs of these thin, cheapie paper plates at the dollar store. They are perfect for kid’s crafts! If you buy the thicker paper plates they can be more challenging for little hands to try to cut.

painting a paper plate crab

Paint one 1/2 of the paper plate red and set the other 1/2 aside for a future project. This is an excellent opportunity to talk about filling in all the white space, a skill they will need for coloring neatly. The sharp contrast between the red paint and the white paper plate makes it very easy for them to see where they still need to fill in.

crab leg template

While the paint is drying, print out a copy of the crab arm template {click on the picture above and print}, and cut out the template.

trace crab leg template

Trace the crab arm template twice on the red construction paper and cut out the crab arms.

tape the crab legs onto the paper plate body

Tape the arms to the back side of the bottom sides of the paper plate half.

paper plate crab eye supplies

Fold the red pipe cleaner into a V shape.

paper plate crab eyes

Attach the wiggly eyes to each end of the pipe cleaner with washi tape.

eyes on paper plate crab

Tape the bottom of the V to the back of the paper plate and you have your Paper Plate Crab!

paper plate crab kids craft

Hmm….something is missing!

paper plate crab craft

Grab a black marker and give this Paper Plate Crab a smile!


Let’s get to know each other a little bit better…

Shelly Dolen Diaries

I live in the Seattle-ish area with my husband and three, crazy fun boys. I am all about creating creative quality time with them so much so that my husband and I spend most of our date nights in our garage (we lovingly call them our Garage Date Nights). I have the BEST conversations with my boys while we are doing something creative together and I love sharing ways that you can spend some creative time with your kiddos.

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  1. Wednesday, June 24th, 2015
    You have make great crab on paper and its simple and unique craft.