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Paper Plate Cow Craft | Free Template!

Hello Daydreamers.

Are you trying to teach your little ones about cows or simply looking for a fun and simple activity to do on a rainy afternoon?

No matter the case, I have the perfect solution for you!

This Paper Plate Cow Craft is an amazing activity you can do with your kids anytime. And to simplify your life, I’ve provided you with a free template so you just get to cut, glue, and relax.

There are also extra tips so your kids can customize your cow, so make sure to read along. In making this craft, I first glued the nose in a way that looked like a monkey cow, and I want your cow to look like a cow!

Paper Plate Cow crat tutorial featured images

Anyway, with all that said, let’s daydream into reality!


  • Template (download at the end of the article; you don’t need to subscribe!)
  • 9-inch paper plate
  • Scissors
  • Glue or gluestick
  • Black paint (optional)
  • Colors (optional)
  • Marker (optional)

Super tip: If you don’t have a paper plate, just use white paper and cut in 8-9in diameter.

materials for cow paper plate craft template

The beauty of this craft is that you can use paint, colors, or just the cow spots. Sometimes, as a mom, I don’t want my kid to paint—I want a mess-free craft!

Customize this craft as much as you like, and don’t stress over cleanup!

Step 1 – Print Cow Template

Print the template pages that best fit you (located at the end of this tutorial). The printable has options for printing the nose on pink paper if you only have a black-and-white printer.

There’s also an option for you to print the outline of the cow spots and mouth and nose if you want your child to do some coloring.

cow paper plate craft template

There’s only one page for eyes, ears, and horns that must be printed on white paper. You can also add coloring to the outlines of the ears and horns.

Step 2 – Paint Spots

If you choose the painting route, start with this step. Get creative with your spots. You could also paint the entire plate brown to make a brown cow!

painting cow spots on cow paper plate craft

Step 3 – Cut Template

While your paper plate is drying, cut the piece of the template you want to use.

There are two sets of eyes. I decided to make the nose and eye with a marker because I don’t like cutting little things.

cutting cow paper plate craft template

Step 4 – Glue

Glue all the template pieces. If you decide to use the cow spots, you should start with those.

glue cow pieces on paper plate

Next, you’ll glue the ears.

Notice where I glued them; You’ll want to glue them on the 10 and 2 o’clock positions.

glue ear of cow paper plate craft

Now, glue the horns so that they overlap the ears slightly.

glue horn cow paper plate craft

Next goes the eyes. Glue them towards the center and right below the cow’s ears.

glue eyes cow paper plate craft

Step 3 – Finish Nose and Mouth

This is the part you’ll want to get right!

Align the bottom of the cow’s snout with the bottom of the paper plate. If you glue it in the middle, it will look like a cow monkey.

I also included the nose and mouth on the template. However, I decided to use a marker. You can use a pencil to sketch the nostrils and mouth and then color inside them.

draw nose on cow paper plate craft

The nostrils go on the side of the snout, just like the picture below.

color with black marker the cow's nose

What do you think?

Isn’t this a super cute cow craft?

The left cow has glued spots, and the right cow has painted spots. Both have different ears and eyes, too!

Don’t worry if your kids don’t follow instructions to the T. Just let them have fun and enjoy painting, cutting, and gluing!

Want a baby calf paper plate?

I made a baby cow on a 6-inch plate! Isn’t it cute?

You can do this by scaling the printable anywhere from 60% to 70%.

printing custom scale for smaller paper plate.

Download Template!

Just as I mentioned, here’s the template for your craft! Click the image or yellow button to open, save, or print the PDF.


Just so you know, I also have a library full of free SVG files and Printables for all my subscribers, a.k.a. Daydreamers. You can see a preview right here or get access by filling out this form.

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  • Template
  • 9-inch paper plate
  • Black paint (optional)
  • Colors (optional)
  • Marker (optional)


  • Scissors
  • Glue or Glue stick
  • Paint brush


  1. Download the template and cut the pieces you want to use.

    cut cow craft template
  2. Glue spots on the cow (you can choose to paint the spots as well).

  3. Glue the ears, horns, and snout.

  4. Draw nostrils and mouth on the side of the snout.


If you decide to paint the cow spots, I recommend you paint first, and cut the template while the paper plate dryes.

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