Rainbow Unicorn paper plate craft {Preschool Craft}

Easy Unicorn Craft

Kids will love this colorful unicorn paper plate craft! There’s plenty of room for imagination, they can choose whatever colors they like best for the mane of their unicorn. We hope you enjoy this easy and fun unicorn craft.

As always we’ve included some learning opportunities below the instructions or you can just use it as some simple fun as well.

Unicorn craft

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Like most kids my daughter loves unicorns! She loves stuffed unicorns, books about unicorns, and doing unicorn themed crafts. So this paper plate unicorn was a total hit at our house!

This cute little unicorn is the perfect tie in whether you’re doing a lesson on U is for Unicorn, reading the Uni the Unicorn books, or just love everything unicorns!

Unicorn Craft Supplies

How to make a Unicorn

1 – Cut colored construction paper into strips about 4 inches long and 1 inch wide. You’ll need about 14 total for the mane of your unicorn.

You can use many different colors to make a rainbow mane or choose various shades of one color.

2 – Choose a color for the muzzle and cute a large heart out of it.

3 – Use the yellow paper to cut out a horn for your unicorn.

4 – Fold the white piece of paper in half and then cut an ear shape. This will give you two identically shaped ears.

Unicorn craft pieces

5 – Now you’re ready to start making your unicorn! Glue the horn to the FRONT of your paper plate near the top center. (If you have trouble getting it to stick to the ridges of the plate you can staple it on)

6 – Glue the large heart on the FRONT of the paper plate with the bottom almost touching the edge of the paper plate.

Try to center the heart under the horn.

7 – Use your black marker to draw two eyes on the plate.

8 – Flip your plate over and on the BACK side attach the two ears, one on each side of the horn. (Again, use a stapler for these if they won’t stick to the ridges of the plate)

9 – To create the mane glue your rectangular strips down one side of the plate.

Mane for unicorn paper plate craft

Allow the pieces to dry most of the way before you move on to the final step.

10 – Flip the plate back over so you can attach the heart stickers to the FRONT. Use the photos below as an example. (Around Valentine’s Day you can probably find the heart stickers at the dollar store but you can find them on Amazon year round.)

unicorn craft nose

Add two small hearts and one large heart to the muzzle to create nostrils and a tongue.

Attach two small heart stickers upside down, one to each ear.

hearts on Valentine's Unicorn craft

Decorate around the horn with heart stickers of various sizes as a final finishing touch!

rainbow unicorn craft on marble background

Learning Opportunities

Fine Motor Skills

This craft can be a great opportunity for kids to practice cutting. Cut long strips for the rectangles for the mane and draw lines at regular intervals. Then, let your child try to follow the lines and cut the long edge of each of the rectangles.

Only you can know whether your child is ready to start using scissors

Shape & Color Recognition

This craft has several different shapes so it’s a great time to talk about them. There’s a circle for the plate, rectangles for the manes, lots of hearts, and the horn could be considered a triangle!

If you choose to make a rainbow colored mane then it’s also the perfect opportunity to practice color recognition for younger kids that might not have them down yet.

Big vs. Small

Since this craft contains several different sizes of hearts you can use them to work on recognizing big and small with your child. Which heart is the biggest? Which is the smallest? Hold up two and ask which is bigger or which is smaller.

Book Tie-Ins

There are so many fabulous unicorn books that this craft is the perfect tie-in.

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unicorn preschool craft
Yield: 1 Unicorn

Unicorn Paper Plate Craft

paper plate unicorn craft

Fun unicorn paper plate craft. Suitable for preschool and kindergarten age children.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Active Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $5


  • Paper Plate
  • Yellow Construction Paper
  • White Construction Paper
  • Colored Construction Paper
  • Heart Stickers
  • Black marker
  • Scissors
  • Glue


  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Optional: Stapler


  1. Cut 14 4" x 1" rectangles out of colored construction paper.
  2. Cut a large heart out of colored construction paper for the muzzle.
  3. Cut 1 horn out of yellow construction paper.
  4. Cut 2 ears out of white construction paper. Fold the paper in half and cut both at once so that they will be identical.
  5. Glue the horn to the FRONT of the paper plate. Attach it near the top in the center.
  6. Glue the large heart to the plate with the bottom tip almost touching the bottom edge of the plate. Try to center it under the horn.
  7. Draw two eyes on the plate using a black marker.
  8. Flip the plate over and on the BACK attach your ears on either side of the horn.
  9. Create a mane by gluing the rectangular strips down one side of the plate.
  10. Allow your unicorn to dry a bit before adding the final touches. Use heart stickers to decorate your unicorn. Add 2 small and one large to the muzzle to create nostrils and a tongue/mouth. Add one small heart to each ear and use various sizes around the horn.


You can staple the horn and ears to the plate if you have trouble getting them to stick to the ridges on the outer part of your paper plate.

Thanks for sharing!

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