Peacocks are fascinating, aren’t they? My soon-to-be kindergartner and I each made a peacock craft using a paper plate and by recycling a cardboard tube. To paint our pretty peacocks, we used a fun dish brush painting technique. In this post we are sharing two different ways to make prints on the paper plates using the dish brush pictured in the second photo.
How to make the Paper Plate Peacock CRaft
- paper plate
- dish brush
- kids paint
- cardboard tube such as an empty paper towel tube
- googly eyes
- pipe cleaners
Place the paint colors on plate or shallow dish. Lightly press the dish sponge into one of the colors. We used green, blue, and purple.
Make prints on the paper plate by randomly tapping it everywhere. Repeat with the other colors.
Little Sister thought it would be more fun to twist the brush. She was so excited that she came up with the idea by experimenting. It made swirly circles, which is kinda perfect for the peacock feathers. She did the same with the other colors until most of the white space was gone. Let it dry.
Cut a cardboard tube to create the peacock’s body. Paint this blue and set aside to dry.
Fold the now dry paper plate in half. Staple around the edges (or glue it or lace yarn through it).
Place sequins over one of the sides. We used gold and green sequins in 3 different sizes. On mine, I placed teeny ones in top of the biggest sized sequins in the opposite color.
Take your blue cardboard tube and cut a slit in the sides (2 slits total opposite of each other). I cut these almost to the bottom, leaving about a little more than a centimeter uncut. Place the folded paper plate into the slits. Your peacock should now stand.
Add googly eyes and a beak.
Looking for more creative ways to paint like the dish brush painting used in this peacock craft? Head over to the Paint-a-thon series we are taking part in. We would love for you to check out our paint-a-thon post from last year: the magic of salt painting.