Paper Plate Sydney Opera House craft

Paper Plate Sydney Opera House - great Aussie kids craft idea

Being a Sydneysider, I thought it was high time I had a few Sydney craft ideas on Danya Banya. For the first one, I’m tacking the Sydney Opera House; a late modern architectural masterpiece, a world-renowned centre for performing arts, and one of Sydney’s most famous icons. And here I’m replicating this amazing building with paper plates. 🙂

This is a super easy Sydney Opera House craft that you can do in just a few minutes…

How to make a standing Sydney Opera House craft

    All you need is:

  • 3 paper plates
  • scissors
  • stapler
  • place card holder

The first step is to cut the plates in half. You only need five halves for this particular craft, so you can put one aside for another project.

Next cut along the flat side of the halves, so that they are really a slight crescent shape. Then arrange the five crescents in your hand in a rough Sydney Opera House shape, like this.

Using paper plates to make a Sydney Opera House craft

There should be three crescents facing towards the left, and two facing towards the right. The middle one on top of the two either side, with the two outer ones on the bottom.
Making a paper plate Sydney Opera House craft

Cut along the bottom edge, trim away any overlap, and secure in place with a couple of staples. (The staples are more subtle if they ‘face’ the back.)

Insert into a place card holder. I have twelve of these little bell ones and I think they are really sweet. Because this craft is thicker and heavier than a normal place card, I found I had to separate the wire heart a little bit, insert the Opera House craft, and then squeeze the wire closed again.

Sydney Opera House craft

An easy Aussie craft idea, or with Australia Day coming up on 26th January, perhaps an Australia Day party decoration? (Because it is self standing, it could work as part of your table display.) For us, it’s a craft to celebrate this wonderful city that we are so lucky to live in. My kids are really familiar with the Opera House – they’ve been with their Granny to see performances there on a number of occasions, and it is always awesome in the literal sense of the word. (If you get a chance, the Baby Prom performances are especially good for toddler and preschooler aged kids.)

And if you are going to make one Sydney iconic landmark, you may as well make both. Pop over to see how we also made a paper plate Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Easy Sydney Harbour Bridge Craft for Kids

Or, if you’ll be watching the fireworks this Australia Day, you might want to make a fireworks painting beforehand. (This is great way to open a dialogue about fireworks with little ones that may not have seen them before.)
Fireworks Painting for toddlers and preschoolers

You might also like this Australian flag for preschoolers that we made last year.
Proud Aussie waiting for the glue on her Australian flag to dry

​For more Aussie inspiration, I’m super excited to be teaming up with some of my fellow Aussie kid bloggers to bring you a few new & fun Australian themed ideas for kids! Pop over and check them out…

I also have a Pinterest board where I pin all my favourite Australia for Kids ideas from around the web:

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xx Danya

Paper Plate Sydney Opera House, Australian kids craft idea

How to make an easy Sydney Opera House from paper plates


  1. How clever! I love that it is so simple to make.
    My recent post Cardboard tube Frilled Neck Lizard

    • Danya Banya

      Thanks Kate!


  2. happywhimsicalhearts

    Such a clever idea!

    • Danya Banya

      Thank you!

  3. gillian

    hi Kate,
    I work in a retirement home and I'm organising our Australia Day Afternoon Tea Party. I'm making Opera House fascinators from your design.
    thanks Kate

    • Danya Banya

      Awesome! Hope they turned out well!


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