Paper plate and cardboard collage face portrait kids craft activity

These COLLAGE FACES are one of the projects from the fantastic book ART WORKSHOP for CHILDREN by Barbara Rucci (@artbarblog) and Betsy Mckenna. Art Workshop for Children is not just another book of straightforward art projects. The book's unique child-led approach provides a framework for cultivating creative thinking and encourages the wonder that comes when children are allowed to freely explore the creative process and their materials. It's one of our favorite go-to books for simple, creative ideas and I highly recommend adding it to your collection!

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Making COLLAGE FACES fantastic kids craft project to begin a conversation about faces and how different people look. Whilst making these portraits we also chatted about emotions and how they are reflected in our faces. I showed the children that just by changing the eye brows or mouth you can make a face look angry or happy.


  • Paper plates or cardboard circles
  • Cardboard
  • Craft glue
  • Paint
  • Scissors
  • Egg cartons (optional)
  • Yarn (optional)


Begin by preparing the base for your faces, we have made this project a few times using either paper plates or discs of cardboard as the base. Cut lots of simple 'face element' shapes from the cardboard, we kept all our shapes quite simple and not too prescriptive so the kids are able to interpret the shapes in their own way.

child gluing cardboard shapes to make a face

Compose how your would like your face to look and glue the pieces in place. Once glued you can then offer paints and other materials like yarn to decorate your faces.

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Here is another examples of COLLAGE FACES we have made using palm leaf paper plates as the base.

fun cardboard and paper plate portraits

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