Paper Plate UFO Craft

Paper Plate UFO Craft

Hey there! Let’s learn how to make this cute Paper Plate UFO Craft that’s perfect for outer space or U letter theme units! This is a great craft for preschool and early elementary schoolers, with a little bit of adult help. Here’s what you’ll need!

You might also like our alien finger puppets craft!

Paper Plate UFO Craft


  • Two paper plates
  • Clear plastic cup
  • Green construction paper
  • Markers
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun (or strong craft glue)

Start by taking your clear cup and measuring the height of it on your green construction paper. This will help you know how tall you can make your alien! Take your pencil and draw out a cute little alien with a straight line at the bottom. Now you’re just going to draw a trapezoid coming off that bottom line. This will be the base that makes our alien stand up. Go ahead and cut out the alien and it’s base.

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Flip it around so the pencil lines are on the back, or you can erase them. Fold the base back at the line like shown, and your little alien can stand up on it’s own! Draw on a little alien face using your markers, and make sure it fits in your cup standing up.

Next you’re going to make the base of your ufo. Take your two paper plates and glue them together at the edges so the rounded sides are facing out. See what an awesome ufo shape this makes? Now lay out a whole bunch of markers.

And have fun decorating your ufo! You can make shapes, patterns, or squiggles, and use any colors you want to! Make up a life story for your alien, and decorate the ufo to match their personality! My son’s ufo looks like this with strong colors and shapes, but mine would most definitely be pink and sparkly! When it’s all decorated, go ahead and put some glue on the base of your alien and glue it to the center of your ufo.

Next you’re just going to put some glue on the edges of your clear cup and set it down over your alien. Then add just a bit more glue around the outside edges to secure it in place, and you’re all done!

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I hope you enjoyed learning how to make this Paper Plate UFO Craft with me! You can even use different sizes of paper plates to make a whole fleet of ufos!

Look how happy your cute little alien looks with their new spaceship! I bet they’ll go on all kinds of fun adventures!

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