This paper plate cat twirler was my daughters idea but it’s so cute and fun to make that I had to steal the idea to share it here too! If you’re looking for a craft that’s cheap and easy to make then it’s perfect and it works brilliantly if you’re looking for pet crafts for kids, or of course if like my daughter you’re just a little bit cat mad!
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Paper Plate Twirlers
We’ve made a few paper plate twirlers before and transformed them into animals so I know that this is where my daughter got the idea from.
This is the cat paper plate that my daughter made, for context she’s currently 7 so yes, of course it’s a unicorn-cat.
Paper plate twirlers are a great way for kids to practice their scissor skills too, this is something that both my kids have needed to work on but neither of them are very keen on worksheets so we’ve used crafts as a way to make it a bit more fun.
You can also check out our ideas for scissor skills activities which are worksheet free too.
Another thing we like about them is that you can play with them afterwards, ours always get a little bounce around the room. They’d also make fun room decorations if you hang them up.
Paper Plate Cat Twirler
- Double sided sellotape
- Colouring pens or pencils (optional)
- Paper plate
- Start by colouring in your paper plate. Of course this step is totally optional but I knew that my daughter liked ginger and white cats so that's what I made.
- Next up is to cut a spiral shape into your paper plate working from the outside in. You want quite a large width to this or your paper plate will end up getting tangled up, too wide though and your plate won't really hang. Just do your best! Make sure that you leave room in the middle of the paper plate to make your cats face.
- Take the middle part of your paper plate and hold it up so you can see how it hangs naturally. Now turn the paper plate over and attach a loop of wool or string to the back of the plate here using sellotape. This can be used later to hang up your paper plate twirler or just to hold onto when it's played with.
- From your card cut out cat ears and paws and decorate them. These can be attached to your cat paper plate using double sided tape.
- Finally draw on your cat's face and your craft is finished.
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