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It’s that time of the year again where Rudolph becomes the most famous reindeer of all. This Rudolph paper plate mask is sure to be a huge hit with your little ones. It’s no surprise that kids are eager to dress up as Rudolph and there’s a good chance that at least one of your children will be a reindeer in a school play or concert.
There are many different Rudolph crafts going around, but for this one I really wanted the children to be involved in making it. Many of the Rudolph masks that I found needed a LOT of parent help and had very little for the kids to do. This mask may not look as polished or professional but I guarantee your kids will have great fun making it.
We decided to use paper plates for the main part of the Rudolph paper plate mask for a few reasons. The first is that many of you are making these with groups of children and I know that budgets are limited – the entire cost of materials for this craft would be under $5 and that would make a class set. The second reason is that I wanted the children to have fun painting and then enjoying their own creation! We could have bought brown cardstock but where’s the fun in that!
- White paper plates (large)
- Brown paint
- Marker pen
- Thin elastic
- Egg carton
- Red paint
How to Create a Rudolph Paper Plate Mask
- First, draw some antlers on a paper plate. Help with this step when making the craft for younger children.
- Cut these out and use them as your template.
- Turn the antlers over and tracer around them to create the second set of antlers.
- Cut out your antlers.
- Next, cut out the inside of a second paper plate.
- Set out the brown paint.
- Have the children finger paint the circle and then, the antlers. Try to encourage them to cover as much of the white as they can.
- Let these dry (it may take a while depending on how much paint they used!)
- Cut out an egg carton so that you have one small piece for each nose.
- Using a paintbrush, then paint the egg carton red
- Next, wait for Rudolph’s nose to dry.
- Place a small hole in either side of the egg carton and tie some thin elastic around it. Measure the elastic to fit each child.
- Staple the antlers to the round paper plate. In this case, glue doesn’t work as well as staples.
- Finally, make a small hole in either side of the paper plate and thread some more of the thin elastic around. Once again, make sure that this is measured to fit each child.
Carol Jones is an Australian elementary and special education teacher. She is also a mother of two who loves engaging in creative and messy play! You can find her over at My Bored Toddler, where she shares lots of simple, hands-on activities for toddlers.