I shared some BIG NEWS with you all last week, and I teased that I was going to make a Jellyfish for one of my segments. Well, I did. But I decided not to wait to share it with you. You all get first peeks!
This is a fun project for a party, kids’ room…heck, I’d love a whole school of them in my studio. For real.
- 5” Styrofoam ball
- rubber band
- plastic knife
- acrylic craft paint/brush (optional)
- scrap of cellophane basket wrap, 18” square
- sparkly chenille stem
- scraps of curling ribbon, 12-18 inches
- small bubble wrap
- round coffee filters (3-4)
- knitting needle or chopstick
- white glass-head pins
I made you a little video… but the step-by-step instructions are right after it!
Step 1: wrap a rubber band around the diameter of the Styrofoam ball. Use this as a guide to cut the ball in half using the plastic knife.
Step 2: Using the flat edge of one half, “sand” the edges of the other half to make it smooth and rounded.
Step 3: (optional) Paint with acrylic paint and set aside to let dry.
Step 4: Using the knitting needle, pierce a hold through the middle of the Styrofoam in the middle of the dome This is where your hanging loop will be.
Step 5: Prepare the tentacles by cutting 3-5 long strips of bubble wrap about 1/4 inch wide, or the width of one “bubble.” Cut 3-5 pieces of curling ribbon. Gather all your strips and ribbons and hold at one end. Use one end of the chenille stem to wrap them tightly together.
Step 6: Lay the dome upside down on the cellophane draw it up and around the curved end and gather it with one hand. Using your other hand, thread the chenille stem up through the gathered cellophane and through the hole in the underside. Pierce the cellophane with the stem, and snug the tentacles up tightly.
Step 7: Using the rubber band, secure the gathered cellophane and tentacles at the base. Turn the stem coming from the top into a loop and twist for hanging.
Step 8: Starting at the outside edge, cut the coffee filters into a spiral. Fold the long trails of paper in half and secure with pins under the cellophane at the base, causing it to puff out a bit.
Hang and enjoy!
I also did this craft for Hands On…and the version that was on the show is right here:
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