Have you got a Pokémon fan or two in your house? Why not have a go at making your own Pokéball? This simple Paper Plate Pokeball Craft really opens and has a super storage space inside too!
Homemade Pokeballs are great fun to make all year round and kids can draw their favourite Pokémon characters to put inside.
Today, because Valentine’s Day is near, we’ve added an “I Choose You” message and turned our Pokeballs into an awesome Pokemon Valentine craft that isn’t too soppy! My boys are adamant that they don’t do soppy!
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We’ve really enjoyed Pokémon Go especially when we’re out and about exploring new places. The game inspired us to make our own Pikachu and Oddish crafts that kids can actually hide, catch and play with. Such fun!
Our homemade Pokemon characters are perfect for putting inside these DIY Paper Plate Pokeballs. (Click on the text links or their photos to see the full how to. You can always save them on your Pinterest or Facebook to come back to later.)
Paper Plate Pokéball Craft That Really Opens!
Supplies To Make A Pokeball
How To Make An Opening/Closing Paper Plate Pokeball Craft
Each homemade Pokeball will need two paper plates. To make our Pokeball Valentine craft you’ll need an additional third paper plate too.
This Pokemon craft tutorial shows you how to make a Pokeball Valentine. If you want to use the paper plate Pokeball for something else then follow the same instructions but ignore the decorative heart sections.
To make your paper plate Pokeball start by drawing a round shape in the middle of the back of a paper plate. (We drew around a glass.) Then draw two wide straight lines either side of it to the edge of the plate. (We laid a ruler down and drew along each side of it.)
If you are making a Pokeball Valentine then also draw a large heart shape onto the back of another paper plate.
Cut along one edge of the straight lines and circle that you drew to divide the paper plate in two. Cut out the heart shape.
Paint the two halves of paper plate red, white and black to match a real Pokeball. We painted out white first, then the red and finally the black, allowing each colour to dry before adding the next to avoid them bleeding into each other.
When your painted paper plate Pokeball pieces are completely dry attach the larger piece to the second paper plate. Do this by laying it on top of the second plate and pushing a split pin through both at the edge. Open up the split pin on the back to hold it firmly in place. (To stop it spinning around you can stick a bit of tape over it if you like.)
Now you have a hinged top to your paper plate Pokeball that will open and close! Awesome!
To make the bottom of your paper plate Pokeball simple glue the second half of painted plate onto the second plate. Make sure to line it up carefully with your hinged lid!
Now your Paper Plate Pokeball is finished and looking fabulous! You have an actual pocket inside your homemade Pokeball to store things and a hinged lid that really opens and closes!
How To Make A Pokeball Valentine Craft
To turn your Pokemon craft into a Pokeball Valentine simple add the message “I Choose You” or any other loving message you like to your painted heart.
We did ours in stages to keep it looking neat. First of all we sketched our message in pencil.
Then we filled in our Valentine message using a yellow Posca Paint Pen because it covers the red base paint brilliantly and is much neater than using a brush.
We finished our Pokeball Valentine message by going around the lettering with a blue Posca Paint Pen to match the traditional Pokémon style.
To finish off our Pokemon Valentine we simply popped our heart message into the homemade Pokeball and hid it away behind the closed lid! What a great Valentine surprise it will be for Pokemon fans!
I think this homemade paper plate Pokeball craft is such fun and so easy!
Print the instructions below: