Easy Paper Plate Flowers (for Toddlers and Preschoolers)

Quick and Easy Paper Plate Flowers: What signals spring more than a colourful flower? You’re going to love how quick and easy our paper plate flowers are to make! They’re a perfect spring craft for toddlers and preschoolers!

Hooray for Spring!  I think it might finally be here!  Tiny green shoots are sprouting up in the garden and the buds are on the trees!  We’ve been doing lots of Spring crafting these past few weeks, and the paper plate flowers that I’m sharing with you today might just be my favourite yet!

These cheerful flowers were so easy to make, and a lot of fun too!  It’s a simple craft, but it packs in lots of opportunities for learning: painting, colour-mixing, shape recognition, cutting, and gluing, to name a few.

 Paper Plate Flowers - Happy Hooligans

Aren’t paper plates just the best when you’re crafting with young children? I love how versatile they are! You can turn them into just about anything! Rainbows, animals, wreaths etc. Check out some of our favourite paper plate crafts here.


easy paper plate flower craft

Ok! Let’s gather up our supplies and make some flowers!

To make your paper plate flower craft, you’ll need:

Supplies for Paper Plate Flowers


  • paper plate
  • paint (bright spring colours)
  • paint brush
  • scissors
  • glue

Making our flowers:

I set out a paint pallet filled with bright spring colours, and the hooligans painted their plates. Older children will use more thought as to the placement of their colours, but toddlers will just be happy to slap their paint all over that plate!  Let ’em! That’s fun! That’s learning!

painting paper plates to make flowers

When the paint is dry, simply snip through the outer rim of the plate and cut out the inner circle. Depending on your child’s cutting skills, he or she may be able do to this step with little or no assistance.  Toddlers, of course, will require some help.

painted paper plate with centre cut out

When the rim of the plate has been removed, set the centre aside, and chop that rim up into chunky pieces. These will be the petals for your flower.

Rim of painted paper plate chopped into pieces

Putting your flower all together:

Grab the centre of the flower that you set aside a minute ago.

To finish have your child glue the shorter edge of the flower petal to the back of the round center piece.

TIP: Because those petal pieces are curved, we weighted our flowers down with small glass bowls to prevent the petals from popping away from the centre while the glue was wet. 

What do you think?  Aren’t these just the cheeriest, little paper plate flowers you’ve ever seen?

Colourful Paper Plate Flower for Spring

I think they’d be lovely to do as a classroom or nursery project. Wouldn’t they look lovely suspended from a ceiling or displayed together on a bulletin board!

Head on over to Kids Activities blog if you’re looking for If you’re looking for more Flower Crafts for your kids to make!

And, be sure to check out our  10 easy spring crafts to do with toddlers and preschoolers! 

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  1. Peggy says

    Instead of cutting up the childs art work, I would have the notches cut out of the plate before giving the plate to the child. Some children would be offended if you cut their creation, and may lose interest. Older children, (pre-k) would understand the process. Very pretty flowers, I will do this with my class in a couple weeks.

    • happyhooligans says

      Fiona, 1. Paint plates, 2. Cut out centre, 3. Chop rim into pieces, 4. Invert pieces and glue to center.

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