How to Make Your Own Jellyfish

SOURCES Bowls: Target. Cardstock: WorldWin Papers. Ribbon: Heidi Grace Designs (sheer, small rickrack, medium rickrack), Making Memories (large rickrack), Offray (wired, yellow). Watercolors: Crayola.

Did you see these super cute jellyfish on page 122 in our August issue? Lisa Storms and her son Owen made them from paper plates. They are really easy to make! Here’s how:

  1. Paint the bottom of a paper bowl with watercolors.
  2. Trim eyes from cardstock using kid-friendly scissors. Don’t have cardstock on hand? Draw the eyes with markers.
  3. On the inside of the bowl, add liquid adhesive and place the ends of some ribbon in it. Place another bowl on top (with the ribbon sticking out) and let it dry.
  4. Have an adult poke two small holes in the center of the bowl. Thread fishing line through the bowl so it creates a loop under the bowl.
  5. Tie ribbon and trim to the loop, then tighten the loop to secure the ribbon.

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17 Responses to “How to Make Your Own Jellyfish”

  1. These are adorable. Lisa’s so talented!

  2. Love, love, love!

  3. Such a cute craft. Thanks for the inspiration for my summer bucket list. I added a link to your post here:

  4. Your Kids Corner crafts are just wonderful. I love doing them with my grandkids. The artsy aquarium is just precious. Thanks so much for these cute crafts!

  5. My sister brought me this page to make with my daughter, and i seen there was a side note to come online, i was really hoping there would be a list of items needed (like with recipes) and a how-to video. I however am disappointed that the only thing here is what i read in the magazine. Whats the point of putting a side note to check this out online if its the same thing?

  6. Saw this and had to make them with my son. We have NUMEROUS jellyfish now hanging over the house, and it was such a gret craft we are doing it for a craft table at a party this weekend.

  7. I must say, these look adorable. But I read the instructions 3 times and I have no idea what steps 3-5 mean. I mean, I can figure out the basic gist from the picture, but I really don’t know what “place another bowl on top” means, or the part about the loop under the bowl. ??? Maybe you should include some pictures to go with each step.

  8. I love these! I just did this while we were on vacation. Perfect rainy day project. The children had so much fun! I posted them on my FB page!

    Thank you for such a great project. I love your magazine!!

  9. Kathleen, We’re so excited you had fun making the jellyfish. We checked out the photos on your Facebook page. They turned out so cute! Great job by you and your little crafters.

  10. Lolly, I’ve looked at the instructions in the magazine, and I can see why there might be a little confusion in the blog instructions. As you said, steps 1 and 2 are pretty straightforward.

    In step 3, flip over the bowl that’s been painted, dab some adhesive on the unpainted side, and lay the end of some ribbons in the adhesive. (These ribbons will look like they’re “spilling” over the sides.) While the adhesive is still wet, sandwich these ribbons in between the painted bowl and a second bowl. Let it dry.

    One that’s done, that’s when you punch two holes in the middle of the bowl, create a loop with the fishing line, tie it on the top of the jellyfish, and run the pretty ribbons through the loop underneath. When you’ve added all the ribbons, tighten up the loop, and put your jellyfish on display.

    We hope this helps! Let us know if you have more questions. We want you to have fun with this project, and never be confused by our instructions. Thanks!

  11. A fantastic idea for kids craft. Can’t wait for my grandkids to try…I’m sure they will love it also. Thanks for posting.

  12. I was a little confused by steps 3-5 as well…

    so will the loop go through both bowls? and then tie more ribbon on the loop?

    So you’re doing the ribbon two different times? Once in the glue around the bowl and then a second time on the loop? Am I understanding that correctly?


  13. We will be making these tonight to theme up my middle daughters room in our new house! So adorable!

  14. Just wanted to let you know that this was in the top 5 projects on Fun Family Crafts for August! Congratulations!

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