Football Player Paper Plate Craft

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This is instruction about making a football player with a paper plate. It is a special gift for your children who love both crafting and football.

Instead of using the template eyes, if you cut out holes in the football player craft, you can convert it to a mask. Attach a tongue depressor or paint stir stick to allow your children to hold it up to their face.


  • color paint and paintbrush (you can keep the football player’s face white if you don’t like painting)
  • paper plate
  • color printer or something to color with
  • a pair of scissors
  • glue
  • paper
  • printer
  • Options for mask: thin strip of wood, paint stir stick, or tongue depressor.


  • Paint the bottom of the paper plate flesh color (you can leave it white if you want).
  • Print out your craft template choice.
  • Color if you want to use the black and white version of the craft, then cut out the template pieces. Most of the pieces are simple enough for small children to cut out.
  • Glue the template pieces to the plate to make the face of the football player:
  • Glue his mouth next to the bottom of the paper plate.
  • Glue his nose above his mouth.
  • Glue his eyes above his nose.
  • Glue his band-aid beside one of his two eyes.
  • Glue his large helmet piece on the top of the plate.
  • Glue his eyebrows above his eyes and below his helmet. It’s still ok if it overlaps his helmet a little bit.
  • Make the Face Guard:
  • Glue his long, straight crosspiece above his mouth, touching the oval “bolt” on both sides of his helmet.
  • Glue his U-shaped crosspiece below his mouth, touching the oval “bolt” on both sides of his helmet.
  • Glue his short vertical bars on both sides of his mouth (one on each side) and connect his crosspieces.