Sea Creature Crafts

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Sea Creature Crafts
Starfish are interesting sea creatures. (Jupiterimages/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

Sea creatures are animals that live in the water. These creatures include fish, shark, octopus, lobster, crabs, eel, sea horse and many more. Everyday items found around your home can be used to create sea creature crafts. Children of all ages will enjoy spending time creating their very own sea creature.

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Puffer Fish

A blown up balloon is ideal for making a puffer fish. Blow up a 12-inch balloon and set on a teacup to keep it from rolling as you work. Create a tail, fins, mouth and eyes by folding aluminium foil and taping them onto the balloon. In a large shallow dish, combine flour with an equal amount of water to create a papier mache mixture. Tear newspaper into strips and saturate in the papier mache mixture. Cover the balloon and aluminium foil with the newspaper, overlapping pieces as you work. When the balloon is completely covered, allow it to dry. Use acrylic paint to paint the fish and sprinkle with glitter.

Octopus

Easily turn a small terra cotta pot into an octopus. Select a pot with a hole in the bottom. Spray paint both the outside and inside of the pot and allow it to dry. Cut a piece of felt into eight 8-inch by 1/2-inch pieces and slightly round the ends. While holding the pot upside down, hot glue one end of each felt piece inside the pot so that at least 6 inches is left hanging. On the underside of each felt piece, glue four to six beads to look like suction cups. Glue two googly eyes to the pot. String a piece of rope through the hole in the bottom of the pot and tie a large knot on the inside. Hang the octopus from the rope.

Fish

Recycle an unwanted CD by turning it into a fish. Place the CD on a flat work surface with the label side facing up. Cut fins, tail and a mouth out of craft foam and glue them onto the CD. Glue a magnetic strip to the CD to hang on a metal surface. Turn the CD over and glue one large googly eye onto the CD. Glue colourful sequins or beads over the entire CD surface.

Dolphin or Shark

An empty clear plastic 2-liter bottle can be turned into a dolphin or a shark. Wash and dry the bottle removing all the labels. Spray paint the cap blue or silver and allow it to dry. Crumple blue or silver tissue paper and use a long wooden skewer to push it into the bottle. When the bottle is completely full, replace the cap. Cut two fins out of blue or silver craft foam. Lay the bottle on its side and hot glue the craft foam fins near the bottom of the bottle. Cut a large fin to glue on the top of the bottle. Glue a large googly eye on either side of the bottle cap.

Starfish

You can create a wearable starfish with white glue, sand, yarn and a paper clip. Lay a piece of waxed paper on a flat work surface and use a permanent marker to draw a starfish shape on the paper. Fill in the star shape with white glue. Twist a small paper clip into a "V" shape and put the open end into the glue on one of the points, be sure to leave the curved end of the paper clip above the glue. Sprinkle sand or glitter on to the wet glue and allow it to dry at least 24 hours. Carefully peel the glue off the waxed paper and string a piece of yarn through the paper clip and tie the ends together.

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