How to Make a Plant Cell Diagram

By Kathryn Hatter; Updated April 24, 2017
A plant cell diagram can be helpful in teaching science to students.

A plant cell is similar to an animal cell in some ways, but there are also some basic differences. Plant cells have rigid outer cell walls outside cell membranes, while animal cells have only cell membranes around the outer perimeter. A plant cell diagram can be helpful in teaching science to students. Create a simple and colorful diagram with bold labels to show students all the important parts of a plant cell.

A large green outline represents the cell wall.

Draw a large oblong green outline to represent the cell wall of the plant cell. This outline should be somewhat thick.

A second outline represents the cell membrane.

Draw a second outline inside the first to represent the cell membrane. This line should be more narrow.

Illustrate cytoplasm and the vacuole.

Illustrate the cytoplasm by coloring the inner area of the cell light green, and draw the large central vacuole as a large oblong shape in the center area of the plant cell.

Add the nucleus and nucleolus.

Add the nucleus as a circular shape at one side and the nucleolus as a smaller circle within the nucleus.

Add chloroplasts.

Draw several small dark-green oval shapes to add chloroplasts to the plant cell.

Ilustrate the mitochondria.

Add three or four pink oval shapes as mitochondria found in the plant cell. Draw a zigzag line through the mitochondria and space them around the inside of the cell.

Add golgi vesicles.

Draw long, thin, orange shapes to represent any golgi apparatuses. Off to the side of each golgi apparatus, add several orange circles to represent the golgi vesicles.

Illustrate the endoplasmic reticulum and ribosomes.

Place the smooth endoplasmic reticulum above the nucleus and the rough endoplasmic reticulum below it. These parts are long and thin, and wind back and forth. They are very similar in appearance. Add some black dots around these parts to represent ribosomes.

A gray oval represents an amyloplast.

Draw a gray oval to represent an amyloplast. Add a darker swirl inside the oval.

Label all the parts.

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Kathryn Hatter is a veteran home-school educator, as well as an accomplished gardener, quilter, crocheter, cook, decorator and digital graphics creator. As a regular contributor to Natural News, many of Hatter's Internet publications focus on natural health and parenting. Hatter has also had publication on home improvement websites such as Redbeacon.