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Paper bowl jellyfish craft for kids to make this summer

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Meeting a jellyfish in real life may not end up being a pleasant experience (Both my husband, my oldest and myself have been stung by jellyfish) but a paper bowl jellyfish craft is a must summer craft for kids.

Paper bowl jellyfish craft for kids

We try not to run out of paper plates and paper bowls in our home as they make really great craft materials. Sturdy, easy to paint and you can turn them into an easy craft for kids.

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Our paper plate jellyfish has been receiving such great love from our readers that we decided to make another version. This time with paper bowls and paper tissue.

If your preschooler or kindergartner wants to practice scissors cutting, this is a fun craft for them. They will also get a chance to paint and create with googly eyes.

If you’re creating these jellyfish windsocks as part of an ocean or sea unit study and you want to explore more ocean animals, you could also check out this interactive paper plate ocean craft.

How to make a paper bowl jellyfish craft

Tissue paper and paper bowl jellyfish craft for kids

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We made three paper bowl jellyfishes using three colors: yellow, orange and red. We alternated the colors so each jellyfish had a bit of each.

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Supplies:

Painted paper bowls

Step 1: Start by painting  the outside of the paper bowls and let them dry completely.

Paint the inside of the paper bowl

Step 2: Paint the inside of the paper bowls. We alternated the colors so each bowl is painted in two different colors.

Googly eyes on paper bowl

Step 3: Glue on the googly eyes and use a black marker to draw a smile under the eyes.

Paper bowl with hole

Paper bowl with string

Step 4: Use a pencil to poke a small hole in the middle of the paper bowls. Push the string through the hole and secure the end with a knot. We used string to match the color of the outside paper bowl.

Tissue paper

Step 5: Make the jellyfish tentacles with tissue paper. Fold a tissue paper sheet till you get an about 4 inch multi layer strip.

Separate the layers by cutting the edges lengthwise.

Fold the tissue paper one more time and  cut slits on one side.  Stop your cuts half an inch from the folded edge.

Tissue paper tentacles

Step 6: Unfold the tissue paper and glue all the layers together at one of the ends. Attach the tissue paper tentacles to the inside of the paper bowl and secure them with tape.

Paper bowl jellyfish craft for kids

Paper bowl jellyfish craft for kids

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Adorable paper bowl jellyfish to make as summer windsocks. Make it part of an ocean or sea animals study or to decorate your backyard.

Materials

  • small paper bowls
  • craft paint: yellow, orange and red
  • string: yellow, orange and red
  • googly eyes
  • tissue paper: yellow, orange and red

Tools

  • paintbrush
  • pencil
  • glue
  • black marker
  • tape

Instructions

  1. Start by painting the outside of the paper bowls and let them dry completely.
  2. Paint the inside of the paper bowls. We alternated the colors so each bowl is painted in two different colors.
  3. Glue on the googly eyes and use a black marker to draw a smile under the eyes.
  4. Use a pencil to poke a small hole in the middle of the paper bowls. Push the string through the hole and secure the end with a knot. We used string to match the color of the outside paper bowl.
  5. Make the jellyfish tentacles with tissue paper. Fold a tissue paper sheet till you get an about 4 inch multi layer strip. Separate the layers by cutting the edges lengthwise. Fold the tissue paper one more time and cut slits on one side.  Stop your cuts half an inch from the folded edge.
  6. Unfold the tissue paper and glue all the layers together at one of the ends. Attach the tissue paper tentacles to the inside of the paper bowl and secure them with tape.

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