Paper Bowl Jellyfish

Make a fun jellyfish toy using a paper bowl and some colored crepe paper strips.
Paper Bowl Jellyfish craft


  • Paper bowl
  • Tissue paper or crepe paper
  • Poster paint or watercolor
  • Paint brush
  • Scissors
  • White glue
  • Thin string
  • Paper clip or button
  • Wiggle eyes (optional)

Safety Tips

  • Small craft materials such as wiggle eyes are choking hazards. These are not suitable for children below the age of three.
  • Watch out for this sign Ask for an adult's help.. It means adult help is needed for the particular step.


Step 1 Paper Bowl Jellyfish craft Ask for an adult's help.1. Punch a small hole at the center of a paper bowl using a pencil.
Step 2 Paper Bowl Jellyfish craft 2. Paint the outside of the paper bowl with poster paint or watercolor. Jellyfishes come in various colors. The most popular ones are pink, blue and purple but you can always paint your jellyfish the way you like.
Step 3 Paper Bowl Jellyfish craft 3. You can even paint on some jellyfish spots. Allow your painted bowl to dry completely.
Step 4 Paper Bowl Jellyfish craft 4. Cut string to a length of about 6 inches or more and insert the string through the hole on your paper bowl.
Step 5 Paper Bowl Jellyfish craft 5. Tape the lower end of the string from inside your paper bowl. It would be even better if you can tie the end of the string onto a small object such as a paper clip or button. Glue the paper clip or button onto the bowl.
Step 6 Paper Bowl Jellyfish craft 6. Cut at least 8 tissue paper or crepe paper strips to make the jellyfish tentacles.
Step 7 Paper Bowl Jellyfish craft 7. Glue the end of a tissue paper strip onto the center of your paper bowl.
Step 8 Paper Bowl Jellyfish craft 8. Continue gluing the tissue paper strips from the center of your bowl to form a radial pattern.
Step 9 Paper Bowl Jellyfish craft 9. Once the glue has dried, unveil your jellyfish by gently turning your paper bowl upside down and holding your jellyfish by the string.

You can make your jellyfish swim in the air by moving your arms from side-to-side.
Step 10 Paper Bowl Jellyfish craft 10. Oops and don't forget to draw a funny face using crayons, markers or paint. You may also glue on a pair of wiggle eyes if you like.

More Ideas

Jellyfishing craft Go jellyfishing by tying the string from the tip of a dowel. Instead of a dowel or stick, you can make a safer fishing pole from 2 drinking straws connected end-to-end.
Paper Bowl Jellyfish craft These paper bowl critters are really easy to make so make lots of them! Hang them from the ceiling or from a railing to give your little corner of the house a summer or under-the-sea feel. A soft breeze will make them turn round and round and their tentacles do dance around in the air.