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Fun With Paper Plates: One-Eyed Martian Project

Time: 1-2 Class Periods
Difficulty: Easy
Cleanup: Soap & Water

General Materials:
Hygloss Collage Trays or Paper Plates
9x12" Mixed Media Paper
Scissors or Craft Knife
Pencil or Marker
Tempera Paint
Paint Brushes
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  • Step 1
    On the back of a collage tray (or paper plate), find the center by drawing two perpendicular lines. Mark an X where the vertical line crosses the brim (curve) of the plate at the bottom. Use a compass to draw an arch on top of the horizontal line, with the compass point resting on the X. Rotate the plate 180 degrees and repeat this process, so you have two mirrored arches.
  • Step 2
    Draw a horizontal line from one brim to the other, 1" below the lower arch. Continue the line to the edges of the plate on both sides, at an angle. Draw another horizontal line 1/2" below the first line. Continue this line to the edges of the plate so that it connects to the first line, angling as necessary.
  • Step 3
    Draw the top row of teeth between the two lines. Draw the bottom row of teeth below the second line.
  • Step 4
    Cut apart the mouth on the lower horizontal line, then cut out the excess around each tooth on the top and bottom. Next cut along the horizontal line in the center of the plate until you reach the arch, on both edges of the plate. Cut along the top arch line and the bottom arch line, being careful not to cut across the center.
  • Step 5
    Using the center arch piece, cut out an eye and two ear pieces, as shown.
  • Step 6
    Glue the eye piece to the center of a 9x12” sheet of mixed media paper, then draw another circle outside the eye piece, about 1/2" larger. The inner circle will be the pupil and the outer circle will be the iris. Paint the eye with tempera paints.
  • Step 7
    Glue the top piece of the collage tray to the paper. Then glue the middle piece in place, covering up the top piece slightly.
  • Step 8
    Paint the inside of the mouth. Glue the bottom mouth piece in place, then add the ears on either side of the eye.
  • Step 9
    Paint the finished creature with tempera paints; adding details like antennae, nostrils, etc. Cut off the excess mixed media paper to finish.

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