Paper Plate Alligator Crafts

Written by racheal ambrose
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Use paper plates to make alligator crafts. Paper plates come in a variety of colours and styles. Use different types to create different looks. Make signs, puppets, masks, cards and more using just paper plates and basic art supplies. You can incorporate the craft into a lesson plan for school or just make it for fun.


Make alligators faces from paper plates. Use any type or size of plate for the project. Use crayons, markers, paint or paper to make the plates green. Use markers, crayons, paint, pom poms, sequins and other craft materials to make the facial features. You can also make a 3-D face by cutting and folding parts of paper plates. Glue the pieces to the main plate. Use the faces for decorations or masks.

Multiple Parts

Use several paper plates to make a long alligator. Glue paper plates together to make a long snake. Add legs, tail and head. Use all the same size plate or varying sizes for the multiple body parts. Decorate any way you like. Make the body as large as you want. Do this project as a class or large group. The ability to make it as large or small as you want makes this type of project adaptable to any group size.

Tiny Alligator

Use one paper plate to make a whole alligator. You can cut up the plate to look like an alligator or draw one on the plate. The plate can serve as the actual creature or the background. Turn the tiny alligator into a puppet by gluing on a craft stick.


Use the paper plate to make a card or sign. Design your alligator on the paper plate. Fold it in half or leave it flat. You can also make the card three dimensional by folding scraps of paper accordion style and attaching it to the card and part of the alligator.

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