When Mia came home from preschool with an orange construction paper jellyfish with colorful tentacles (which I think are strips of nylon windbreaker-type material), I decided we could make some of our own and use them as "Under the Sea" party decorations. Here is my take on a jellyfish craft using paper plates.
|Jellyfish by Mia (almost 4!)|
- paper plate
- curling ribbon
- masking tape
- crayons (or markers or colored pencils)
- 2 googly eyes
- Cut off about 1/3 of a paper plate.
- Color remaining 2/3 of the paper plate.
- Cut several lengths of curling ribbon. (We used around 8-12.)
- Holding scissors open, run one blade gently against the curling ribbon to curl it.
- Tape curled ribbons to the back of the paper plate to make the tentacles.
- Give your jellyfish a face. Glue on 2 googly eyes. Draw a mouth if desired.
- Once glue is dry, you can display your jellyfish.
- 2nd paper plate
- fishing line, embroidery floss, yarn, ribbon
|My Hanging Jellyfish|
- Cut a second paper plate to match the size of the first. (Or if you want, simply cut a plate in half and use the two halves if you want to have less waste.)
- Color the second plate to match the first.
- Crumple newspaper and insert to make jellyfish look fuller.
- I used rolls of masking tape to secure the two pieces together, but you could use a stapler if you want. (It would be faster, but I didn't want staples showing so I went with tape.)
- Attach a loop of embroidery floss, yarn, ribbon, fishing line, or similar for hanging your jellyfish.
- I matched the color of the jellyfish's body to the ribbon, but you could make it different colors (or even use several colors of ribbon for a rainbow jellyfish).
- If you don't have curling ribbon, you could substitute any ribbon, yarn, strips of fabric, construction paper, or crepe paper for the tentacles.