Paper Plate Bunny Craft (with Free Template)

This cute paper plate bunny craft is fun for little hands to make – and helps them practice their fine motor skills too. Time to get ready for the Easter bunny!

Spring is still weeks away as I write this, but I’m dreaming of flowers, pastels, and of course bunnies.

I wanted to create a craft that your littles would enjoy the process of making – but that still would make a cute display or even a puppet.

To make that work all in one craft there’s a little bit of easy prep on your end – but not too much, I promise! The payoff is a fun threading and lacing activity and a play-with-able result.

Materials

There’s some flexibility in what materials you need. Use what you have! Here is what I used:

Materials Specific to this Craft

  • 9-inch paper plate (the cheap kind is perfect)
  • 42-inch long piece of black embroidery floss/thread (yarn would be ok here too)
  • 16 inches of 1/4-inch-wide pink ribbon (yarn or even a pipe cleaner could work too)
  • Large googly eyes
  • Pink pompom (in a pinch you could just cut out a little circle of pink paper)
  • Hole punch
  • Jumbo craft stick (optional – if you want to make it into a puppet)
Materials for making a cute Paper Plate Easter Bunny.

Basic Craft Supplies

You’ll also need to get out these basic craft supplies:

  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Pink marker (for drawing the bunny’s mouth)
  • Tape
  • Glue

Preparation

You may want to complete the following steps ahead of time, especially if you’ll be making paper plate bunnies with a group of children.

If you want a little help you can scroll all the way to the bottom of this post to grab a free printable template. I think it’s faster just to do everything freehand though!

  1. Cut the rim off the paper plate, and then cut that into two bunny ears. Discard the scraps.
Paper plate rim cuttings and a pair of scissors.
  1. Cut the center of the plate into a slight oval shape.
  2. Use a pencil to carefully poke a hole where the bunny’s nose will be. Make sure you don’t poke yourself!
A pencil, pair of scissors, a paper ear cut and an oval paper cut with a hole at the center.
  1. Cut 4 small slits on each side of the face. Mine were about 1/4 inch long.
A paper plate center with 4 small slits at the side of the face.
  1. Measure out the embroidery thread and the ribbon, and tape the ends of each piece so that they look like the end of a shoelace. This will make it easier for the child to lace their bunny’s whiskers and ears.
A black embroidery thread and a pink ribbon with taped ends alongside the round paper cut.

Kids Craft Instructions

Now the fun starts!

  1. Start by making the whiskers. Wind the black embroidery floss from the side slits to the center. It doesn’t matter what order you work in, but stop after about 3-4 whiskers per side. Tuck and/or tape the end down on the back.
The backside of a paper plate cut with 4 "whiskers" both sides.
This shows the back side.
  1. Draw the mouth.
  2. Glue on the pink pompom nose and the googly eyes. Let dry.
A cute Easter paper plate bunny with pink mouth drown using a pink marker.
  1. Hole punch along the ears. I made 8 holes per ear.
Punching holes along the bunny "ear".
  1. Next, weave the pink ribbon through each ear, starting at the top. To make it a little easier, you can tape the end of the ribbon to the back of the ear. When you’re done, secure the other end of the ribbon to the ear with tape too.
Weaving the pink ribbon through each ear.
  1. Tape the ears to the back of the head. They should be curving away from each other (unless you have a child who has strong feelings about doing it their own way – that’s fine too!)
Curved bunny ears taped at the back.

If you want to make your bunny into a puppet, then also tape a craft stick onto the back. I’m sorry I didn’t take a picture of it that way. I did try it out, and the craft is stiff enough for it to work well.

Here’s my bunny all ready to play –

If you want to work with a template instead of just cutting freehand, you can grab the free template right HERE. You’ll want to set the orientation to Landscape and turn off “Print headers and footers” to get it to fit on one letter-size sheet of paper. It is sized for a 9-inch paper plate.

Cute Easter paper plate craft free template.

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