Rhino Craft (with Free Craft Template)
This rhino craft is so much fun to make. It starts with a couple of paper plates and turns into a beautiful creature. We painted ours, but if you don’t want to bother with the mess of paint, just use crayons or markers for yours instead. It will still turn out absolutely adorable.
And if you like this rhinoceros craft, you’re also going to love making this hippo craft, giraffe craft, elephant craft and lion craft.
You’re Going to Want to Make EVERY SINGLE Paper Plate Animal Craft in this Collection with Your Kids…
Fun Facts about Rhinos
- Rhinos live about 40 to 50 years.
- They are found throughout Africa, but their numbers are low.
- Rhinos are considered endangered.
- They eat plants and leaves.
- Their skin is very sensitive and can even get sunburned.
- Some rhinos has one horn and others have two.
- A group of rhinos is called a “crash”.
- Rhinos are endangered due to being hunted illegally.
To learn even more about the mighty rhinoceros, check out this article.
Combine Reading with Crafting
One of the best ways to elevate crafting is to add reading a good book. While having fun and working on fine motor skills (just to start), why not add literacy practice. And all the time fostering both a love for creating and reading.
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SUPPLIES FROM THE BAG
- 2 Paper plates (9-inch coated)
- Gray paint
- Construction paper
- Glue stick
- Gray pipe cleaner
- Scotch tape
- Googly eyes (or printable paper eyes)
- Rhino craft template
I know you want to make more crafts with your kids…that’s why you’re here. And we want to help you do that. So, we’ve developed a unique system that let’s you make every single craft on this site and in our shop using the same master list of craft supplies that fit into one bag. Once you fill your bag, you’re ready to craft away.
If you don’t have exactly what’s on this list, you will at least have something close that will work. You may need to change up colors slightly to fit what you have in your bag.
How to make a Rhino Craft
Step 1: Paint the Plates
- Lay out some newspaper on your crafting surface.
- Pinch a pompom with a clothespin to form a “paint brush”.
- Lay 2 plates on the newspaper, bottom side up.
- Paint the plates gray and set them aside to dry.
*If you really do not want to get the paint out, you can use crayons or markers (or even paint sticks) for this step instead.
Step 2: Use the Rhino Craft Template
- Download and print the rhino craft template.
- Use the template to cut out all of the parts for your rhino craft.
- We use a matching gray to the plates for all of the parts except the horn.
*Pay close attention to where the fold is to be when you cut out your rhino horn.
Step 3: Shape the Head
- Now that the paint has dried, let’s shape the rhino’s head a little bit.
- Instead of just leaving the head round (though you can also do that, especially for younger kids), draw a slight curve on each side and cut it out.
- Then round the rhino’s nose.
Step 4: Put It Together
- On the body of the rhino, cut a tab about 2 inches across.
- Fold it up.
- Cover the tab with your glue stick and attach it to the head, overlapping the 2 plates by about an inch or so.
Step 5: Add the Legs to Your Rhino Craft
- Use the glue stick again to attach all four of the legs to the rhino’s body.
- Press firmly so that the glue can take hold.
Step 6: Now for the Horn and Ears
- Fold small tabs on the bottom of the folded in half rhino horn.
- Use the glue stick to attach the horn to the rhino’s face.
- Snip a line about one inch in the center of each of the ears.
- Overlap one of the ears at the slit and secure it with your glue stick.
- Attach the ear to the rhino craft head.
- Repeat this on the other side.
Step 7: Put Together the Face of Your Animal Craft
- Add googly eyes to your rhinoceros craft (or printable paper eyes).
- Then use the markers to add even more details on your animal craft wherever you like.
Step 8: Finish It Off with a Tail
- To make the tail, cut a pipe cleaner in half.
- Then cut a strip of construction paper about 6 inches long and 2 to 3 inches wide.
- Place glue all along the edge of the paper and wrap it around the pipe cleaner.
- Then, snip it to make it look like the hair on the rhino’s tail.
- Last, tape it in place where the tail belongs.
Now that you know how to make a rhino craft, it’s time to really make it your own. Maybe yours will have hearts all over it. Or maybe it’s orange with purple stripes. The only limit is your imagination.
Watch a Craft Video
Sometimes the best way to learn how to make a craft is to see the process in real time. Craft along with this dump truck craft as our young friend, Asher, demonstrates how to make it.