Introduction: Paper Plate Ibex

About: During the COVID-19 crisis, all of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship's religious services moved into an online-only format. I generally organize Sunday school activities for the children of the Fellowship …

In today's story, the Buddha in the shape of an ibex graciously saved the king even after the king tried to do him harm. Let's honor the ibex's kindness by making an ibex out of paper plates. Also, ibexes are really cool animals, so it's always worth doing an ibex-themed craft.

If you don't have paper plates, you can cut the same shapes out of cardstock or thin cardboard.


-a paper plate




Step 1: Sketch the Shape of the Head.

Turn your plate over and sketch the rough shape of an angled rectangle.

Step 2: Cut Off the Sides of the Plate.

You'll now have three pieces. Set the center piece aside. This is your ibex's head!

Step 3: Cut Out the Ears and Horns.

Cut around the natural curve made by the plate's edges for each half of the remaining plate. You'll end up with two ridged arcs and two flat wedges. These are your ibex's horns and ears!

Step 4: Decorate the Pieces.

I decided to make my ibex brown. What color will your ibex be? You can look at some pictures of ibexes online to get some ideas.

I used markers, but you could also use colored pencils or crayons.

Step 5: Cut Out the Details on the Head.

I fringed the ibex's beard and cut around the fuzz I drew on his head.

Step 6: Glue on the Ears.

Flip the head over and glue the ears on the back.

Step 7: Glue on the Horns.

Bend up the end of the horns to make it easier to glue them down. Then flip the head over again and glue the horns on above the ears. Position them how you like! Does your ibex have horns that stick up or horns that curl down?

Step 8: Now You Have an Ibex!