Plant Cell Project Ideas

Instructor: Leah Salyer
Science projects can be overwhelming for parents and students alike. Read on for a list of potential plant cell projects that allow you to choose a model that will best fit your needs and available supplies.

Plant Cell Cake


  • 9x13 baking dish
  • Cake batter
  • Cutting utensil
  • White frosting
  • Fondant icing
  • Food coloring


1. Bake the cake.

2. Use your cutting utensil to shape the cake like a plant cell.

3. Add the white frosting to the cake.

4. Use the fondant and food coloring to make the different cell parts.

5. Place the various cell parts on top of the cake.

Styrofoam 3D Model


  • Styrofoam ball
  • Yarn
  • Buttons
  • Construction paper
  • Beads


1. Cut the Styrofoam ball into a rectangular shape to resemble a plant cell.

2. Use craft objects of your choice to recreate the parts of the cell.

3. Use toothpicks and sticky tabs to label.

Household Items Cell


  • Rectangular container with lid
  • Tape
  • Paper
  • Uncooked pasta noodles
  • String
  • Beads
  • Toothpicks
  • Sticky tabs


1. Cover sides of container with paper or tape.

2. Use household items as cell parts and place on lid of container.

3. Label the parts of the cell by creating a legend to go along with your model.

Play Dough Plant Cell


  • Play dough (homemade or store-bought)
  • Plastic wrap
  • Toothpicks
  • Sticky tabs


1. Lay out a piece of plastic wrap.

2. Place play dough on the plastic wrap and flatten to plant cell shape.

3. Use different play dough colors to design the parts of the cell.

4. Press parts into flattened play dough section.

5. Use toothpicks and sticky tabs to label cell parts.

Plant Cell Diorama


  • Foam cut into a rectangular shape
  • Smaller cardboard cut into a rectangular shape
  • Foam ball
  • Clay
  • Ribbon
  • Pipe cleaner
  • Toothpicks
  • Labels
  • Cotton ball


1. Cut foam and smaller piece of cardboard into rectangular shapes.

2. Fold foam and cardboard in half to create an angle. The foam will serve as the cell wall.

3. Make sure the foam and cardboard are able to stand up by themselves.

4. Cut a small side out of the foam ball to create a nucleus.

5. Use cotton ball in the nucleus to represent the nucleolus.

6. Use the remaining materials to represent the other parts of the cell.

7. When all cell parts are created, use the toothpicks and labels to identify your cell parts and briefly explain their function.

Supporting Resources

When preparing for your plant cell projects, you may benefit from taking a look at the resources below. These resources offer further insight into plant cells, their functions and their individual parts which may help you when designing and labeling your projects.

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