Handprint Craft: Paper Plate Sun

Earlier this week I thought it would be good to welcome in Spring by doing a nice paper plate sun. You know, something to encourage the sun to make an appearance in our lives after the winter. But my son? Nope. Not interested. Oh! However as I was setting him up to paint something else my one year old daughter was determined to play with the paintbrushes so I though why not? This paper plate sun is therefore The Girl’s first artistic outing on Crafts on Sea! Whoop!

There are two aspects to this activity that I really liked. Firstly, as my daughter is only 16 months old it became a bit of a collaborative art project between me, my daughter and my son, which also means that secondly, it’s actually really adaptable for different ages and abilities.

handprint craft paper plate sunMaterials:

Paper Plate

Yellow Paint

Black Felt Tip

Yellow and Orange Card


How to make your paper plate sun

I let my daughter slap the paint all over the plate, moving the plate around occasionally for her, she was much better than I’d expected! I should add that I totally wasn’t prepared for her to do painting so no apron, only four baby wipes in the house and being very thankful that my table and chairs are pretty easy to clean. I obviously flunked at getting a picture of her painting it, however I did manage to grab a shot of her painting my tablecloth and the white board I use for taking blog photos. Feel free to learn from my mistakes!

kids paper plate craftsTo make the suns rays I’d planned on using her handprints but she totally wasn’t up for that and it’s kinda hard to reason with someone that doesn’t talk yet. Instead my son stepped in and asked what I was doing so we drew around his hand instead. I used this for a template to cut the other sun rays out and these were then stuck around the plate. The happy face is my addition!

Ways you could adapt this craft:

  • Use painted handprints rather than cut out
  • Older children could practice their scissor skills by cutting out the hand templates
  • Ask your kids to draw the suns face
  • This could also be done as a group handprint craft with all the kids in preschool etc doing a handprint each.

paper plate sun craft for kidsYou may also like:

Paper Plate Crafts

Spring and Summer Crafts

Don’t forget to follow my paper plates board on Pinterest for more inspiration and if you like this craft do pin it too!
Follow Kate Williams CraftsonSea’s board Paper Plate Crafts on Pinterest.


  1. 27th February 2015 / 2:09 pm

    Oh wow what a great idea. Spring is right around the corner, this would be perfect for my toddler to get involved with. Thank you for sharing

  2. 27th February 2015 / 8:11 pm

    Super cute craft for little ones! Thanks so much for the inspiration! Pinning to my Kindergarten Board!

  3. 3rd March 2015 / 6:57 am

    I love this idea, great for practising cutting skills 🙂


  4. 3rd March 2015 / 3:42 pm

    This is really cute, and so colourful!

  5. 3rd March 2015 / 10:12 pm

    A great job for a first art project, definitly one to keep hold off to show her when she s a teenager!

  6. 3rd March 2015 / 11:43 pm

    Such a lovely ideas and look great on wall!

  7. 7th March 2015 / 9:57 am

    This is lovely, nice and bright for the spring! Love how your little lady painted your white board – hope it came off though!

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