Crafting with kids: paper plate flying saucer

Trips to space and aliens seem to feature strongly in the books that Sophie has been reading for her home learning recently. We thought it would be fun to do some crafting to go alongside them; to make our own little alien and a paper-plate flying saucer for it to travel it. This is a simple craft that would be suitable for children from preschool age upwards. Younger children may need a little adult help here and there.


A paper plate flying saucer with a pompom alien inside the capsule on the top - "Crafting with kids: Paper plate flying saucer"


You will need:

  • Two paper plates
  • A paper bowl
  • A clear plastic cup
  • Paint
  • Buttons
  • Pompoms
  • Googly eyes
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Glue
  • Scissors


1) Paint the outside of the paper plates and paper bowls the colour you would like your flying saucer to be and leave them to dry.


Two painted paper plates and a painted paper bowl


2) Glue the paper plates together with the inside of the plates facing inwards (so the painted side is outermost).


3) Glue the paper bowl on top of the paper plates.


Sophie with the two paper plates stuck together and the paper bowl glued to the top


4) Glue buttons around the edge of the flying saucer.


Sophie sticking buttons on her paper plate flying saucer


5) Stick two pompoms together and add googly eyes and pieces of pipe cleaner to make your alien. You could also add pieces of foil to your alien. Ours even had a tiny pompom-and-foil ice-cream cone!


An alien made from two pompoms, foil, googly eyes and pipe cleaners


6) Cut the plastic cup in half. Glue the top half to the top of the paper bowl.


The paper plate flying saucer with half a plastic cup stuck to the top of the paper bowl


7) Put your alien inside the plastic cup on top of the flying saucer and put the bottom half of the plastic cup over the top to enclose the alien inside its capsule.


The finished flying saucer with an alien inside the capsule



We had fun making our paper plate saucer. You could also try using glow-in-the-dark stickers instead of buttons on your flying saucer to make it “light-up” at night.


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2 thoughts on “Crafting with kids: paper plate flying saucer

  1. ohh what a brilliant spaceship, well done Sophie. I’ve shared on Twitter and Pinterest, such a lovely craft x

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