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Make a paper plate jellyfish

Paper jellyfish

Get creative and have a go at making your own paper plate jellyfish with this fun and easy guide.

What you will need:

  • Paper plate or a circle of card
  • Washable paint or felt pens
  • Glitter or other small items for decorating
  • Ribbon, strips of coloured paper or strips of a plastic bag
  • Felt (optional)
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Stapler or tape
  • If you don't have these items, be creative with what you do have, for example, cut up a cereal box instead of using a paper plate.


  1. Start by painting the paper plate. Let your child choose which colours they use and encourage them to notice how the colours change as they overlap and mix together.
  2. Add some glitter to create a glimmering effect. Or stick on other shiny items you have at home, such as sequins, sweet wrappers or kitchen foil.
  3. Wait for the paint and glue to dry.
  4. With a grown up's help, cut the bottom of the plate into a 'jellyfish shape' to make the body. Then turn the paper plate over.
  5. Cut strands of ribbon/strips of coloured paper or plastic bag to different lengths to make the jellyfish tentacles.
  6. Help your child to stick the tentacles on the back of the paper plate, along the cut edge.
  7. Cut out a pair of white and black circles to create eyes and add them to the jellyfish. Alternatively, your child might choose to paint or draw the eyes.
  8. Finish off by making a hanging hook using a small piece of ribbon or string and secure it to the top of the plate.
  9. Find somewhere to hang your jellyfish!

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Top tips for creative activities!

  • Let your child take the lead, and make decisions about colours, materials and how to join items together, this will help develop their creativity and problem solving skills.
  • Encourage your child to do as much as they can independently, but be on hand to help them with tricky cutting, and the tidying up!
  • Give lots of constructive praise as they work, for example, good idea, I think you're right, tape will work better OR you've really chosen those colours carefully, they look good.
  • Chat and introduce new words as they're making, for example, tentacles, light green, dark blue.

Big thanks to Arty Crafty Kids for this idea!