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Paper Plate Lion Craft for Kids

ROAR! Ok this lion craft for kids might not be the most scary around (actually I think he’s kind of cute) but he certainly is fun to make. We love paper plate crafts and this one uses a fun painting technique to get a great effect on your lions mane.

lion craft for kids easy

Lion Craft For Kids Materials:

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2 x Paper plates




Orange paint

Yellow paint

Pom poms

Clothes pegs

Bowls or plates

Black pen

lion craft preschool paper plate

Let’s make it!

I’ve made a little video tutorial for this post so you can watch how it was made or read the written instructions underneath if you would prefer.

Start by cutting out the shape of your lions face from one of your paper plates, most of them are round in the middle which gives you a nice easy line to follow – don’t forget the ears! Paint your lions face yellow and leave to dry.

Next up is your lions mane. Put some orange and yellow paint in bowls or plates so that it’s easy to access and then make your pom pom paint brushes by clipping a pom pom onto the end of a clothes peg. Dip your pom poms into the red and yellow paint and then use these to paint your lions mane. I’ve alternated orange and yellow lines but any kind of printing is good!

paper plate craft for kids lion

Once both paper plates are dry draw on your your lions face using a black pen (I’ve used this one which is great for drawing on paint and pretty much the most useful thing I own for my kids clothes too). Stick the two paper plates together and your lion craft is done!

If you like this craft make sure that you bookmark this page or pin an image so that you don’t forget to make it.

More Animal crafts for kids:

Looking for more inspiration? We love this sponge printed sheep craft that’s perfect for kids to paint.

sponge painted sheep 300

Or for something that’s easy to adapt to include some literacy work, how about this ladybird craft inspired by What The Ladybird Heard?

what the ladybird heard craft 300

Finally this doily rabbit is one of our most popular animal crafts, not as likely to be seen inn the jungle as our lion but certainly very cute!

doily rabbit 300


  1. 2nd May 2018 / 2:11 pm

    Awwww that lion is looking so cute. It is not at all scary. I will absolutely try this craft with my daughter.

  2. 3rd May 2018 / 9:12 am

    Cuddly lions are my favourite sort and that pom pom on a peg for painting is just genius, I love it. Mich x

  3. Rachel
    4th May 2018 / 8:58 am

    These are so cute, a great crafting idea for kids! I love the lion! xo

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