We had so much fun making these paper plate pirates. The best part is that all the materials were items I already had in my craft stash.
Although this project would work best with a focus on the finished product, glue + toddlers can have an array of outcomes which makes it even more fun! We sure did create a motley crue of mateys! Our twine and mini clothespins make for a convenient drying rack too.
Yesterday we started by painting our plates a flesh-tone. Since my favorite Crayola Kids Paint does not come in skin colors like their crayons do, I had to get creative. Keep in mind you can easily adjust your version to suit your needs! I did not measure the paint mixture, but simply mixed until a rosy apricot color was formed for our pirates’ faces. Here are the colors I combined: brown, white, yellow, pink and orange.
We let the pirate plates dry overnight then decorated them this morning. I pre-cut a red bandana and a black eye patch from colored paper for the toddlers. We used Mod Podge for the glue since it would not be too visible if there were rogue dribbles. I made a model, then let the littles have at it. I drew on the eye as I ran out of jumbo googly eyes. With older children, the addition of a yarn beard would be pretty neat! I punched a hole for a round binder ring earring.
I wonder if bubs is going to be left handed? This was the calm before the painting storm…he somehow wound up with peachy paint in his eyelashes!