Make the supplies for this jellyfish craft for a group of kids, with step-by-step instructions and Free Printable Template!
Check out this simple and super cute paper jellyfish! Kids will love making it. It’s perfect as a preschool jellyfish craft, elementary craft, an Ocean School Lesson, or an Ocean Birthday Party!
Get the Free Jellyfish Printable below and you will be able to make enough of this ocean craft supplies for a group of 20 kids (or more!) with about 10 minutes of cutting.
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What You Need:
Here’s what you need for your easy Jellyfish Craft (This post contains affiliate links to the products mentioned. Read my disclosure policy for more information):
- Free Jellyfish Printable <— Get it Here!
- colored copy paper, colored cardstock, or construction paper
- scissors (good pair)
- glue sticks
Step 1: Download and Print the Free Jellyfish Template
Download the Free Jellyfish Printable. The PDF file contains everything you need to make enough jellyfish to fill an ocean.
Step 2: Cut Out the Jellyfish Template Shapes
Print the free templates. You will be stapling them to colored paper and cutting out as many shapes as you need.
If you want to make this craft with a group of kids, you can staple the template to up to 10 sheets of copy paper, 5 sheets of cardstock or 6-10 sheets of construction paper.
So, did you know, you can staple together 10 pieces of copy paper and cut out 10 shapes at a time?! That’s my SECRET to fast & easy crafting.
Stapling the paper is very important because it makes sure it doesn’t move as you cut. The more staples the better. Cardstock is the thickest so you may only be able to cut 5 sheets at a time.
Tip: While you’re cutting, if you cut off all parts of the pages that have staples, make sure to re-staple the sheets that are left.
Whenever you’re cutting multiple sheets at a time, make sure they are always stapled together!
Step 3: Make Jellyfish Tentacles
It’s super easy to make the jelly fish tentacles. You will just cut a piece of construction paper in half. Remember, you can cut multiple sheets at one time!
The kids will then cut strips in the paper and roll the tentacles with a pencil. Rolling the tentacles is best done as the last part of this craft.
Step 4: Cut Out the Jellyfish Eyes or Use Googly Eyes
I’ve included a template for the jellyfish eyes. I think they are sooo cute!! You can always choose to use googly eyes or have the kids draw their own. If you want to use the template, here’s how.
Cutting out the jellyfish eyes is a little bit more difficult because you want to keep the printed outline for the craft. You will need to print or copy the eye page for as many as you need. Again, you can cut the template in half to save paper.
Staple the pages together and cut out multiple pieces at once. Just make sure you line the paper up perfectly before stapling. Hold them up to the light and rotate the paper until they all line up. So, line up all those jellyfish eyeballs and get cutting!
Step 5: How to Assemble your Ocean Craft
The kids will have so much fun gluing this cute jellyfish together!
Each child should have two main pieces (a larger face and a smaller body), a half-sheet of paper for the tentacles, eyes and checks (optional). Follow the step-by-step instructions below.
- Glue the larger face piece of the jellyfish on top of the smaller body piece. Make sure some of the body still sticks out. It helps if they are different colors.
- Glue the top of the half sheet of paper (the tentacles) behind the smaller body.
- Glue on the eyes and cheeks (optional).
- Draw on a face.
- Cut strips to make the tentacles (see image above). Only cut until you reach the body part of the jellyfish. Tip: make the strips about 1 inch thick.
- Roll each tentacle onto a pencil to curl them. Kids can have fun rolling forwards and backwards (see image above).
- Don’t forget to write your name on the back!
And you’re finished!
It took me about 15 minutes to have the supplies for 20 kids. How amazing is that?! Now you’re ready to take your Easy Jellyfish craft to your event. This would be a great craft for an ocean lesson, preschool, elementary school, girl scouts, boy scouts or even a fun party craft.
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