Craft your way to making this adorable curly maned lion which is made out of a paper plate. Youngsters will get lots of practice gluing and transforming a plain paper plate into something roaringly wonderful. This is a stand alone craft or you can attach a craft stick to the back for pretend and puppet play.
- Paper plate
- Several sheets of brown, orange and yellow construction paper
- Glue Stick
- Tacky Glue
- Yellow markers or crayons or paint
- Googly eyes
- Craft stick (optional)
How to Make It
- Color the back of the paper plate with a yellow marker or crayon or paint.
- Cut even strips of orange, yellow, and brown construction paper about 1 inch wide and 5 inches long. Be sure to cut enough strips to fit around the plate in layered rows.
- Next, Use a glue stick to apply each strip of paper along the edge of the plate to form a mane. You may layer them in spots if you like.
- Allow the mane to dry.
- Cut out two ears and a nose shape from the brown construction paper and glue them to the yellow part of the plate in the appropriate places.
- Use your tacky glue to adhere two large wiggle eyes to the lion's face and use your brown marker to draw the details on the yellow surface.
- After the glue is dry, put on the finishing touches by using a pencil to roll the paper strips of the mane toward you for a more three dimensional look.
- If you would like to use your lion for play or puppetry, simply use your tacky glue to apply a craft stick to the bottom of your plate being certain to attach it to the more centrally located rounded spot behind the face which will yield the best support.