How to make a paper dinosaur

Cute, sleepy or scary - how will you make yours look?

If you've got some dino fans in your house then we think learning how to make a paper plate dinosaur just might go down a treat.

Quick and easy to make this papercraft is perfect to make with little ones from around 3 years old and up - just remember the plastic table cloth!

The kids will love getting messy painting their own paper dinosaur and designing its face. What do you think they'll opt for? Cheeky, sleepy or maybe scary? You'll have to have a go at making some to find out we guess...

Here's everything you need to know.

You will need

  • Large paper plate
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Glue
  • Toilet roll
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paint brush
  • Wiggle eyes

How to make a paper plate dinosaur

Step 1

Fold a large paper plate in half, and cut into 2 to create the 'shell' of your dinosaur.

Step 2

Take one half of the plate and draw and cut a head, a tail and triangular spikes in whatever shapes you fancy. Glue these to the second half of the plate to start to create the template for your dinosaur.

Step 3

To make the feet, measure and cut a toilet roll into 3. Take 2 pieces and cut slits in the top on opposite sides. Insert the dinosaur's body onto the feet so it's stable and can stand.

Step 4

Paint the dinosaur with your chosen colour of acrylic paint and leave to dry - this could take a few hours.

Step 5

Add a wiggle eye to the dinosaur's head to give yours some character and a face with personality. Now all that's left to do is to name your new pet!

Have you made our papercraft dinosaur? Let us know in our comments below or send us a picture on our Facebook page. We love to see the crafty things you lovely lot have been up to.

Craft by: Suzie Attaway

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Rosie Conroy
Food Writer

Rosie is an experienced food and drinks journalist who has spent over a decade writing about restaurants, cookery, and foodie products. Previously Content Editor at and Digital Food Editor on Woman&Home, Rosie is well used to covering everything from food news through to taste tests. Now, as well as heading up the team at SquareMeal - the UK's leading guide to restaurants and bars - she also runs a wedding floristry business in Scotland called Lavender and Rose.