Paper Plate Self-Portrait


  • Paper plate
  • Acrylic craft paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Yarn
  • Decorative accessories for the hair (hair clips, artificial flowers, etc.)


Using supplies you likely already have on hand, your kids can turn a paper plate into a life-size image of their own face. Fill a paint pallet with the following colours of acrylic craft paint: flesh, pink, red, white, black and blue.  Have the kids pick whatever other colours they want to add. Next have them glue large strands of yarn for hair at the top of the paper plate. Then they painted their facial features.

For the cheeks, you can use a technique called "stippling" which is done with a dry brush, and produces a soft, subtle effect.  You dip the bristles of a stiff paintbrush into pink paint, and dab most of it off on a paper towel. Then you gently pounce the paintbrush up and down on your painting. For the finishing touch the kids can glue a few craft flowers to their yarn hair. If you don’t have flowers, you could use barrettes, sequins or ribbons.

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