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Make Your Own Jellyfish -Tutorial

Last week my daughter had this assignment for school: she had to give class about jellyfish. She had to bring extra material, such as dough figures or a cardboard with pictures in it, but no, not my daughter. She had different plans. Using supplies we already had at home, she had this wonderful idea of making a real-like figure. I must tell you, the results were beautiful!
So, if you happen to have this assignment for homework (by you I mean your kids, of course ;), or if you just want a fun, unexpensive, and easy activity to do with them, this is for you. Making your own jellyfish with recycled materials is as easy as following my daughter’s tutorial (with a few little ideas of mine).
Plastic bags
Clear hair rubber bands
Wodden stick
Food coloring
How to:
If you want to try for colored jellyfish, use a few drops of food coloring on your bag.
Use your fingers to paint the bag.
Beware of blue fingers!
Turn the bag inside-out. Use the rubber band to mark the division between head and umbrella. The distance depends on the size of your bag, but it’s somewhere between 1/2 and 2/3 of the bag.
Once you put the rubber band, it should look like this.
Use another bag to cut out spirals. This is a step for you, since it’s a little tricky for kids.
Place the stick on the inside, and secure it with another rubber band. Use this same rubber band to place the spirals in place. (You should take the spirals by the center tip). The spirals are very important for they make pretty tentacles. Do as many as you need (the more, the merrier =).
If you leave the bags unpainted, they will make gorgeous white jellyfish.
These jellyfish are very easy to make and you’ll be sure to get great results. If you go up and down with the stick holding the jellyfish, it will move just like the real ones do. That makes them so perfect! My daughter liked them so much, she wanted to keep them in her room as part of her decoration. By the way, her teachers were delighted, for it was a very creative way of reusing materials.
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  • Reply Patti G 21 septiembre, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    aaaaah me encanto el proyecto!!! esta padrisimo, la vddes que me encantan las medusas y bueno creo que se deben de ver preciosas como decoracion colgando del techo, no??? creo que lo intentare con mi hijo este fin de semana y te cuento como nos fue 🙂
    El puente estuvo laaaargo y pesado jajaja pero bastante padre porque fui a un lugar donde hacen un show asi como de toros pero como en botargas jajaja super chistoso!!! a ver si subo las fotos al blog, y el tuyo?? un beso!!!!

  • Reply Jennifer Juniper 22 septiembre, 2010 at 9:31 am

    It really does resemble a jellyfish! Amazing 🙂

  • Reply Marta 22 septiembre, 2010 at 9:40 am

    thank you for inspiring me! now i know how will i spend time with my cousin's seven – year – old daughter 🙂

  • Reply Marie @ Sally Lee by the Sea 25 septiembre, 2010 at 9:53 am

    These are so cute! I'm a new blog follower – found you on Twitter. You have a wonderful blog.

    Enjoy the weekend.

    Sally Lee by the Sea

  • Reply Anji* 29 septiembre, 2010 at 9:57 am

    Those jellyfish are awesome! They really look the part. I know my kids would love to make those and run around the house with them!

  • Reply Ratty Hugs 2 octubre, 2010 at 9:51 am

    I love the jellyfish!! Please pass on my thanks to your daughter for such a great project. I don't have kids but will be making them for my crapht room as decoration.
    Thank you for sharing. ~C8>

  • Reply Saraccino 2 octubre, 2010 at 9:52 am

    Soooo cute! I simply love jelly fishes and these ones especially! They are great 🙂

  • Reply - Brittany 8 octubre, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    wow, that really does look easy. And so, so beautiful! Thanks for sharing.


  • Reply Christine 29 octubre, 2010 at 9:17 am

    Thanks so much for posting this great project (with photos & great instructions!). I just finished making one for a lesson I'm teaching on jellyfish tomorrow. Such a great visual for the kids!! Thank you 🙂

  • Reply Kevin 15 marzo, 2011 at 10:17 am

    Thank you so much for taking the time to post this. I can't wait to do it…plus as a touch of floral spray paint here 'n there. Oh, and shot the finished piece with a fixed 50mm to show of the depth. Yum!

  • Reply Rowena 8 abril, 2011 at 2:04 am

    Very cute. I've been making flower poofs and butterflies out of tissues and plastic bags, but this is a beautiful and amazing idea for my son. He already wants to make them and put them up in his room.

    And play with them, he says.

  • Reply Amaya 22 junio, 2012 at 10:44 am

    I must admit, I'm a little obsessed over jellyfish. <: They're just so magical, drifting along through the oceans wearing their frills. Like sea fairies in crystal dresses <3
    This tutorial is not only cheap cheap (I save my bags for different reasons already), but simple for the realistic look! I def have this saved for future crafting. <: I intend to take over my bedroom in a jellyfish & stars theme, and this will be great for window charms where the light comes in. 8D I can't wait! Thanks again for this tutorial!

  • Reply Anonymous 6 marzo, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    I have been trying to come up with a plan for jellyfish lights! I was making it way more difficult than necessary! This is brilliant and with a couple additions I'll have a light! Thank you!

  • Reply CastleofCostaMesa.Com 14 junio, 2013 at 9:55 am

    WOW! I LOVE IT! Thank you for sharing your ingenious tutorial! I plan to make a mermaid kingdom playscape. I would love to include a jellyfish like yours. Thank you so much for your inspiration! love, Jzin, Costa Mesa, California, USA.

  • Reply SM Tracy 10 julio, 2013 at 1:30 am

    This is beautiful! Your daughter is very creative, and your collaboration is fantastic.

  • Reply María Elena Lopez Ramirez 24 febrero, 2016 at 9:48 pm

    Hola, que linda idea! Una duda, qué se le hace a las agarraderas?

  • Reply tinflute 24 febrero, 2016 at 9:52 pm

    Hi, your jellyfish are really fun, and look easy to make too. I made a bigger jellyfish for a theatre show, you can see it here:

  • Reply zenmama 24 febrero, 2016 at 9:52 pm

    I just love these, thank you for the post!!

  • Reply Rocio @ Casa Haus 24 febrero, 2016 at 10:06 pm

    María Elena, usé bolsas sin agarraderas, así que no me tuve que preocupar por ellas. 😉 Saludos!!!

  • Reply Anonymous 7 abril, 2016 at 4:05 pm

    I was just wondering what kind of plastic bag you used. I tried using a small trash can liner but it was too thin and didn't have any body to it.

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