How to Make Cool Alien Crafts


Make cool alien crafts with your children or as a class art project using paper plates. The shape and depth of paper plates stacked together allow you to imagine creatures that are out-of-this-world. Gather the supplies and create alien crafts for a themed birthday party activity or as weekend family quality time. These cool crafts are simple to make and require inexpensive materials, making them economical for large groups.

Things You'll Need

  • Three heavy-duty paper dinner plates
  • Heavy-duty paper bowl
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Four milk jug lids
  • Black acrylic paint
  • Craft glue
  • Aluminum foil
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Two silver chenille stems
  • Craft knife
  • Silver metallic acrylic paint
  • Silver glitter
  • Yarn
  • Stapler

Paper Plate Spaceship

  • Paint the backs and the inside rims of two heavy-duty paper plates and one heavy-duty paper bowl, with an acrylic paint color of your choice. These make up the body of your spaceship. Paint the outside of four milk jug lids using black acrylic paint. These are the landing gear.

  • Place one paper plate face up and apply craft glue on top of the rim. Place the other paper plate face down on the glue to create a dome shape. Apply craft glue to the top of the rim on the bowl. Turn the bowl upside down and center it on the top paper plate.

  • Turn the milk jug lids upside down and apply glue to the edges of the rim. Lay them on your table, two across and two down, with a 2-inch space between them. Center the spaceship body on top of the lids.

  • Cut eight pieces of aluminum foil into 1-inch squares. Apply craft glue to one side of the foil squares. Space the squares around the sides of the bowl for windows.

  • Poke a hole in the center top of the bowl using the point of your scissors. Wrap a silver chenille stem around a pencil, creating a spiral. Slide the spiral off the pencil and stretch it out slightly. Apply craft glue to one end of the spiral and insert it into the hole on the bowl. This is the antenna.

Paper Plate Alien Mask

  • Hold a heavy-duty paper dinner plate over your face and have an adult use a pencil to mark the placement of your eyes and mouth. Measure and trace a 1-inch square over each penciled mark. Have an adult cut out the squares using a craft knife.

  • Paint the back of the paper plate using silver metallic acrylic paint.

  • Apply a line of craft glue around the eye holes and mouth. Sprinkle silver glitter on the glue and shake off the excess. Randomly draw spirals, stars and circles over the surface of the mask with craft glue, using the applicator tip as your guide. Sprinkle silver glitter on the glue and shake off the excess.

  • Cut two 12-inch lengths of yarn for the mask ties. Staple one end of each of the yarn pieces to the rim of the plate, centered on each side of the face.

  • Poke two holes, 2 inches apart, on the rim above the face using the point of your scissors. Cut a silver chenille stem in half. Wind the stem pieces around a pencil to create spirals. Slide the spirals off and stretch slightly. Apply glue to one end of each spiral and insert in the holes for antennas.

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