DIY Elmo Party Plates – Easy, Affordable Dollar Store Party Idea!

This year has been a hard one for me. After one financial blow to another, I found myself grasping at straws as to what to do for Juliana’s first birthday party. I knew it wasn’t an option NOT to have a party. I started searching online and brainstorming my own ideas to come up with the best DIY Elmo birthday party ideas.

The first DIY Elmo birthday party project I’m going to share with y’all are these adorable Elmo party plates. They’re super cheap (think: Dollar Tree) and super easy to make. Even if you mess up, it’s okay because it’ll look like it came straight from Elmo’s World LOL. Some of the eyes are different sizes, some of the noses are more circular than others, etc. I’m hoping that the party guests will say “aww, that’s cute” instead of “what is this monstrosity”. If you don’t have a steady hand and you want it to look perfect, consider using stencils. I didn’t have the time to go searching for stencils, so I free-handed it. Am I rambling enough? Okay…let’s get started!

Here’s what you’ll need. Everything can be found at your local dollar store.

  • Red plastic plates
  • Orange, black and white construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue

You probably already have scissors and glue on hand, so this should only cost you $2-3 bucks max!

Cut out circular eyes using white construction paper, then glue onto the rim of the plastic plate.

Next, cut out a circle/oval-y shape using orange construction paper. It should be about the same size as the eyes. Glue the nose on top of the bottom portion of the eyes.

The final step is to cut out small circular shapes using black construction paper. Glue over the eyes and the nose like in the picture above.

Ta-da. Easy peasy.

Now repeat 8-16~ more times, and you’re done!

Stay tuned as I’ll continue to share affordable DIY Elmo ideas for your child’s birthday party! We’ve got banners, cups, cupcakes, party favors and more coming your way!

Juliana’s birthday party is this Saturday, and I can’t wait to document and film as much as I can. I want her to look back and know that I tried insanely hard to make this a “memorable” first birthday party for her.

What was your child’s first birthday party theme? Let me know in the comments below!


  1. says

    These plates are so simple to make, but that little bit of effort shows how much you care! I hope the party goes well! Can’t wait to see what else you come up with.

  2. says

    Such a cute and simple idea! My oldest had a hungry hungry caterpillar first birthday and my youngest had a monster party. This idea would have worked well for the monsters, making them different colors and a variety in the number of eyes!

  3. says

    That’s a wonderful idea. We don’t have to pay a lot of money for birthday decoration, little kids just want to have fun and usually they don’t understand if the decoration is expensive.

  4. says

    This is a genius idea! My boy’s first birthday party theme was Mickey Mouse. The party was at home and I made a Mickey cake and cupcakes, but use regular plates and glasses as we try to reduce our plastic and paper waste 😉 My girl’s first birthday theme was Hello Kitty, and I didn’t have special dishware either!

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