Holy Spirit Craft- Make a Dove from a Paper Plate

We’ve been working on these Holy Spirit doves, just in time for Pentecost! They’re really easy to make- my 6 year old loved this craft. You can stop at just a dove, or you can attach the gifts of the Holy Spirit to learn a little something extra. ๐Ÿ™‚ This craft would be perfect for Baptisms, Confirmation, or anything else to do with the Holy Spirit- not just Pentecost. You can find all of my Holy Spirit resources for kids here.

Holy Spirit Dove Craft

Supplies Needed:

  • White paper plate (the cheap kind)
  • Markers
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • String or ribbon
  • Yellow Paper

Updated to say: I now have a printable version of this craft available!

Paper drawings of Holy Spirit flames

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Start with a regular, cheap paper plate. First, cut it into thirds in big strips. The outside pieces become the wings, and the middle becomes the body of the dove. Cut the dove’s tail and body from the middle section after cutting the wings free. The dove’s body is easy to draw because it’s just shaped like a snowman. Draw the lines you need to cut on the back of the paper plate. That way, when you flip it over the marker lines won’t show. See picture below:

Dove template on paper plate

Cut on your lines, and then assemble like a dove with one of the big wings on each side. Secure the wings on the back of the dove with tape. I like tape for this because it does a good job, and then you don’t have to wait on any glue to dry. Draw on some simple feet, a beak, and 2 eyes with markers.

Drawing on dove paper plate cutout

You can stop here and have a perfectly lovely Holy Spirit dove.

Holy Spirit Dove Paper Plate Craft

If you want to take it a step further, you can add the gifts of the Holy Spirit. I cut one tear-drop shape out of a piece of paper and gave it to Lydia to trace and cut her own.  I told her she needed 7 of them.  Cut them out, and write the gifts of the Holy Spirit on them.

Gifts of the holy spirit cutouts

Tape string or ribbon to the back of each flame, and then to the back of the dove. Tape one more piece of string or ribbon on the back of each wing so you can hang your dove.

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Gifts of the Holy Spirit

Ta-da!!! Gifts of the Holy Spirit dove!

Gifts of the Holy Spirit Craft

I really like this craft, and it came out cuter than I thought it would. You can hang these anywhere!

Gifts of the Holy Spirit Craft

Here’s Lydia’s (age 6)

Gifts of the Holy Spirit Craft Kid Made

Lydia always insists on doing things her own way. She cut hers out so her dove was looking to the side (which I thought was cute). She just labeled her flames 1-7. She also wanted her wings upside-down from mine. Then, when I took a break to check on the baby, she decorated her dove by drawing spiders on it- lol. She’s so pleased!

Gifts of the Holy Spirit Craft

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  1. Oh, bless you for posting a craft I actually have materials on hand for….I am 5 days from my due date and this will be so nice and easy to pull out….
    Speaking of, your new little girl is just gorgeous…can’t wait! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Teresa Arsenault says

    Thanks so much for this, Lacy. I know what I will be doing with my pre-school students next week. Honestly, I didn’t think you would be posting anything so soon. You are amazing. How is that baby girl of yours doing?
    Blessings & hugs,

    • The baby is doing well! Finally got rid of our thrush and jaundice. Now we’re working on getting some sleep at night. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. Thank you for this wonderful idea! It was the perfect craft for my 7 year old and her 12 yr old cousin! It just happened to be Pentecost Sunday and they were “bored.” So I pulled this up on the computer, gathered the supplies, and printed out definitions of the 7 Gifts. I had them write a sentence on the back of each flame to describe each gift. They loved it!

  4. What a clever idea! We made this last night in Grade 3 & 4 faith formation class. I adapted it slightly, using stars for the gifts, and attaching the dove to a were coat hanger. Also, I cut the stars and doves out in advance, since time is very limited (only about 20 minutes for the craft portion) — so the kids decorated the doves and taped the mobile together. Finally, we used only two stars, and the kids chose which of the seven blessings to write on them, and for the string, we used leftover sparkly Christmas curling ribbon. They came out great!. Thank you.

  5. Very thankful, it’s an easy activity for our sunday school todler. smart ide, JBU always.

  6. Thank you for this brilliant yet simple idea that will be simple for my preschool kids to do ๐Ÿ™‚ God bless!

  7. Thank you so much I have been searching for a cute craft do to this Sunday and yours is by far the best looking one that I have found, AND I think it will be easy to reproduce with different skill levels.

  8. Carolina says

    Good Morning Lacy!!
    My First Grade class absolutely loved making this craft. They listened to the explanation of Pentecost and the definitions of the Gifts of the Holy Spirit. I would like to thank you for making things so easy and fun. You are blessed with the gift of sharing and creativity!! P/S you helped make my class super quiet and super happy!!
    Many Blessings to you and your family! I love this website and I share it with everyone I know.

  9. I made a .pdf of the 7 gifts to cut out. Can I upload it anywhere for others?

    • You can email it to me if you want. Lacy (at) catholicicing (dot) com. Or if you have a blog, you can upload it there. ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. I’m having trouble explaining what the gifts mean to my 5 year old. Any tips? They are big concepts!

  11. Patti Hartman says

    Hi Lacy,
    I teach 2nd & 3rd grade Sunday School at my Lutheran church and have used a lot of your ideas. Catholic Icing is always my first stop when I’m looking for crafts for the kids. Planning to use the paper plate dove as a craft for our department-wide last-day-of-Sunday School celebration, which happens to fall on Pentecost Sunday. Keep up the great work!