Paper Plate Swimming Jellyfish Craft

We combined our love for paper plate crafts and ocean animals to create this darling swimming jellyfish craft that will have your kids screaming with delight!

I’m a big fan of crafts that children get to interact with after making them and this fun jellyfish craft is just that! Kids move the craft stick behind the paper plate and watch as their colorful jellyfish swim around and around on the paper plate. So much fun, huh?!

How to Make a Paper Plate Swimming Jellyfish Craft

Supplies Needed to Make This Paper Plate Jellyfish Craft
paper plate
small piece of cardboard
blue paint
pink paint (or color you’d like to paint your jellyfish)
paintbrush (We love sponge brushes!)
colorful yarn
googly eyes stickers
Jumbo craft stick with sticky adhesive (We received these from our friends at All opinions expressed are my own. You can find them at your local Walmart on the crafts aisle.)
craft scissors
Elmer’s Tacky Glue
Instructions for Making this Paper Plate Swimming Jellyfish Craft

  1. Gather your materials. Draw the shape of a jellyfish body on your small piece of cardboard and cut it out. Paint the piece with your pink paint, or whatever color you want your jellyfish to be. Set it aside to dry.
  2. Paint the top of your paper plate (the side you eat on) with blue paint and paint your adhesive jumbo craft stick with blue paint. Set them aside to dry. (NOTE: If you don’t have adhesive craft sticks you can just use a regular jumbo craft stick and glue.)
  3. When your paper plate is dry, have used craft scissors to cut a slit in the paper plate about 2/3 down the plate. This is the slit for your jellyfish.
  4. Turn your jellyfish body over and add a line of tacky glue at the bottom. Cut several strands of colorful yarn and place them down on the tacky glue. These are your jellyfish tentacles. Turn your swimming jellyfish craft over and place two googly eye stickers on it. Let the jellyfish craft dry completely before playing with it.
  5. To make your jellyfish swim, place the craft down inside the slit on your paper plate. Hold the stick from behind the paper plate with one hand while stabilizing the paper plate with your other hand. When you move around the craft stick behind the paper plate your jellyfish swims around and around. Fun, right?!

My friend Helen has another fun way to use this swimming technique by making a paper plate goldfish bowl. Try making several different ocean animals to swim around in your ocean scene!

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