How to make a paper plate sunflower

Updated April 17, 2017

Paper plate sunflowers can brighten any home. Your child will enjoy making these cheery crafts, and it will only take some of the most basic craft supplies to create. Whether you make them in summer or winter, paper plate sunflowers will bring a smile to your child's face.

Paint an old toilet paper roll with green craft paint and set it off to the side to dry.

Trace two of your child's handprints onto each sheet of the yellow construction paper for a total of 6 handprints.

Cut out each of the six hand prints using scissors.

Glue the six handprints onto the front of the paper plate with the fingers pointing out. Place the palms of the handprints as close to the centre of the paper plate, and work your way around the plate gluing each handprint as you go.

Apply the beads with glue to the centre of your sunflower to make the seeds. Use enough beads to cover any remaining white areas of the paper plate that are showing.

Use scissors to cut two leaf shapes out of green construction paper.

Attach the two leaf shapes to the toilet paper roll with glue or tape. Attach them near the centre of the centre of the toilet paper roll.

Staple the green painted toilet paper roll to the bottom of the back of the paper plate. This will allow your paper plate sunflower to have a stem.


Decorate your paper plate sunflower with pictures or glitter to give it a more creative look.


Supervise young children when they are using scissors and staplers.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper plate
  • old toilet paper roll
  • green craft paint
  • black craft paint
  • paintbrush
  • scissors
  • 3 sheets of yellow construction paper
  • pencil
  • glue
  • stapler
  • small black beads
  • green construction paper
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Based in Florida, Kathleen Bunn has been working as a professional writer since 2006. She holds and associate's degree in elementary education from Tallahassee Community College, as well as an x-ray technician's license from Keiser College.