How to make paper plate jellyfish

Updated February 21, 2017

If you are looking for a quick craft activity to do with your child -- especially one who loves the seaside -- then making a paper plate jellyfish is the ideal project for you. With a few basic supplies, you and your child can make a paper plate jellyfish that is fun and easy to do.

Use the scissors to cut the paper plate in half. Place the plate on your workspace with the rounded section up.

Gather your decorating supplies and give your jellyfish some detail. Use the crayons or markers to add colour or use paints to cover the plate. Add some glitter or other adornments to create sparkle.

Cut strips of the streamers or ribbon -- you want enough to go across the bottom of your plate. Add glue to the back of your jellyfish, along the straight side. Place your strips on the glue and allow to dry. These strips will provide the tentacles for your jellyfish.

Take a long piece of string and secure it to the top back of the plate with glue or tape. Use the tape to attach the loose end of the string to your desired location. Enjoy your paper plate jellyfish.


In place of the streamers or ribbon, you could cut up strips of construction paper.

You could also add a face to the fish. Use the crayons or markers to draw on the features or glue on wiggly eyes.

If you would prefer to place the jellyfish on the wall, leave the string off and use tape to secure.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper plates
  • Scissors
  • Crayons or markers
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Glitter or other decorations
  • Streamers or ribbon
  • Glue
  • Tape
  • String
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