Cutest Paper Plate Sun Craft +Free Printable Template

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This paper plate sun craft is just way to cute! It’s a perfect summer craft for kids and will brighten up any day in minutes.

paper plate sun craft

Summer is finally here, which means it’s time to start making some summer crafts!

If you’re looking for a fun and easy project to do with the kids, paper plate suns are the perfect choice, or maybe one of our other paper plate crafts.

It’s an adorable sun craft for kids that looks more complicated than it is.

Not only are they adorably summery, but they’re super simple to make.

All you need is a paper plate, some construction paper or colored craft paper, and a few other basic supplies.

In just a few minutes, you can have a cute paper plate sun craft to hang on your fridge or display in the classroom.

Plus the cutting involved is great for practicing scissor skills and fine motor skills. P.S. this also makes the best spring craft idea for kids.

So what are you waiting for? Let’s get started!

Materials Needed

supplies for sun craft

To make this particular paper plate sun, you’ll need

Paper Plate Sun Template: You can find our template at the end of the tutorial.

Colored craft papers: We used orange, yellow, pink for the sun and blue for the sky background.

One Paper Plate: A thicker, sturdier plate is better for this craft.

White embossed paper: We used these to make fluffy looking clouds. But plain white paper would work too.

Popsicle stick: To allow you to move the sun around on the plate.

Other supplies you’ll need:

  • Craft glue
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Exacto knife
  • Black Marker

Instructions for Making the Paper Plate Sun

Start by printing out the paper plate sun craft template. Or you could check out some of our printable sun templates and cloud templates if you want some different shapes.

Then download and print out the craft template and set aside.

paper plate with sky background

To start making the base for your paper plate sun, we’ll create the sky first.

Do this by cutting out a piece of blue paper big enough to cover the inside of the plate like shown above.

Glue the blue paper to the inside of the plate. Then use an exacto knife to cute a slit along the middle of the paper plate, making sure to cut through both the blue paper and the plate.

cloud cutouts

Next, cut out the cloud template peices from the white embossed paper. (Or from just regular white paper or cardstock.)

clouds on paper plate

Attach the cloud pieces on the paper plate along the bottom half of the slip, onto the blue paper.

Make sure not to glue the clouds over the over the slit as you’ll want room for your sun to move.

sun template pieces

Now it’s time to start making your sun. Cut out the sun pieces on your colored craft paper.

We used orange for the sun burst shape or sun rays, yellow for the sun’s face and pink for the round rosy cheeks.

assembling sun template

Then attach the pink cheek pieces to the suns face shape, and draw a smiley face with a black marker onto the sun.

sun craft for kids

Then attach the face to the sun burst shape, and you sun is all done! Now you can attach a popsicle stick to the back of your sun.

paper plate sun

Now you can insert the sun to pop in above the coulds through the slit in the plate.

It’s so much fun to see the little sun roam around back and fourth through the cloudy sky.

And that’s it! Your little paper plate sun craft is all done! Isn’t all that sunshine cute!

It’s been one of our favorite summer crafts yet!

paper plate sun


There’s a few things you could easily change up to make this cute paper plate sun all your own.

Instead of using craft paper to color the base of the paper plate, you could easily paint the sky on instead.

Or add finishing touches like googly eyes onto your suns face or cotton balls onto the clouds.

The kids will love coming up with creative alternatives.

Grab the Paper Plate Sun Template

To grab the free printable template, put your email in the box below. We’ll send it straight to your inbox!

This is for personal or classroom use only please. Not for commercial use. Thank you!

paper plate sun craft
Yield: 1 Paper Plate Sun

Paper Plate Sun Craft

Prep Time: 2 minutes
Active Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 2 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $

This super cute paper plate sun craft is perfect to make on a sunny summer day. Assemble the sky onto the paper plate and stick your litle sun craft into the clouds to move around!


  • 1 Paper plate
  • Blue craft paper
  • Orange craft paper
  • Yellow craft paper
  • Pink craft paper
  • White embossed paper
  • Popsicle stick


  • Craft glue
  • Scissors
  • Exacto knife
  • Pencil
  • Marker


  1. Start by grabbing and printing the paper plate sun craft template in our craft library.
  2. Cover the base of the paper plate with blue paper.
  3. Use an exacto knife to cut a slit through the middle of both the paper and the paper plate.
  4. Next cut the cloud template pieces from the white embossed paper.
  5. Attach the cloud pieces to the paper plate under the slit. Don't glue over the opening.
  6. Cut out the sun template pieces from pieces of colored craft paper. We used orange for the sun rays, yellow for the circular face shape and pink for the cheeks.
  7. Attach the pink cheek pieces to the suns face shape and draw a smiley face onto the sun.
  8. Attach the yellow face to the orange sun rays.
  9. Next, attach a popsicle stick to the back of your sun.
  10. Insert you sun into your paper plate sky background and enjoy your cute little sun craft!


Insert the sun through the slit in the middle and allow the kids to create a "rising sun" through the clouds. They'll love that this craft doubles as a fun DIY toy,.

paper plate sun craft for kids

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