Kids Crafts

Cotton Ball Cloud

Posted on March 1, 2021

This project is perfect for your little ones who don’t need a big challenge – it’s cute and quick!


  • Paper plate
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Various colored paper (cardstock or construction)
  • Cotton balls 
  • Stapler 
  • Hot glue gun
  • Ruler

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Step 1: Gather and ready your materials

Having all of your materials in one place from the start will help your craft progress smoothly. Go ahead and measure and cut all of your paper strips – you’ll want 5 different colors (we used the colors of the rainbow) fold your paper plate in half then cut it, and grab a handful of cotton balls out of the bag so you can easily access them.

Step 2: Glue and place

Put a good amount of glue all over the paper plate. You can spread it with a paint brush or sponge if you want to spread it easier. 

Place cotton balls on the glue all over to cover the plate.

Leave out a bottom strip of plate with enough room to staple your paper strips to the bottom – you’ll go back to that later.

Make sure to cover the whole plate and go over the edges – this will give it more of a cloud effect. We also found that it looks better if they’re more smushed together (you’ll use more cotton balls). 

Step 3: Staple paper strips

Figure out where you want your strips placed and how you want them to look. We placed the one that would be in the middle right in the center and stapled it first. From there we went out on each side and stapled the strips.

place your heart on the canvas

Step 4: Cover up the staples

After your strips are placed, glue more cotton balls over the bottom of the plate to cover up the staples. 

Make it hangable

Flip over your creation and grab your twine or string. Cut a piece for your desired hanging length. Place the string on the back to where it will be even for both sides. Glue the ends of the string to the plate with the hot glue gun. Then go close to the top of the plate and glue the string again so it will hold better.

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