Friday, April 12, 2013

Glow-in-the-Dark Jellyfish Craft

Craftiments:  Kids Glow-in-the-Dark Jellyfish Craft

My girls have been fascinated with jellyfish since seeing hundreds of them washed up onto New Smyrna Beach last summer.  Together we crafted a sting-free variety out of paper bowls, yarn and glow-in-the-dark acrylic paint. Would you like to learn how?

  • heavy-weight paper bowls
  • white yarn
  • glow-in-the-dark acrylic paint (we used FolkArt and Martha Stewart brands)
  • paint brushes and painting supplies
  • scissors
  • zipper sandwich bags
  • skewer or sharp pencil


Paint the bowl inside and out.  Use two or more coats of paint for a brighter "glow".

painting the bowl

For the tentacles, cut 10 - 12 pieces of yarn approximately 36 inches in length. Place them in a zipper sandwich bag with several squirts of glow paint and seal the bag.

Yarn tentacles and paint in a zipper sandwich bag

Squish! Squish! Squish! until the yarn is completely covered, adding more paint if necessary. If the paint is too thick, add a little water to the bag.

Squishing the paint

Hang the yarn to dry.

Yarn drying

At the center of the bowl, punch two holes about 0.5 inch apart using a skewer or sharp pencil.

Holes at the center of the bowl

Cut a piece of yarn approximately 40 inches long.  Thread it through the two holes so that both ends come out the bottom of the bowl.

Yarn threaded through holes

From the inside of the bowl, pull the yarn up to form a small loop.  Thread the tentacles through and roughly center them under the loop.

Yarn tentacles threaded through loop

Flip the bowl, pull the yarn taut and tie a double knot.

Double knot

Back on the inside, grasp the tentacles as one bunch and tie a single knot.

Single knot

The frilly appendages flanking the mouths of some types of jellyfish are called oral arms.  To recreate these, unravel a few pieces of yarn that hang close to the center of the bunch.

Unraveled yarn
Craftiments:  Kids Glow-in-the-Dark Jellyfish Craft

Charge your jellyfish creation in bright light for at least 30 minutes.  Turn out the lights and enjoy its luminous glow!

Craftiments:  Kids Glow-in-the-Dark Jellyfish Craft


  1. What a cute craft! I love jellyfishes (from afar).


  2. How cute is this?! I love that you made them glow in the dark.

  3. How cute is this?! I love that you made them glow in the dark.

  4. Ooh la la! I love me some jellies, and the glow in the dark is so fun! I think I'll be adding this to our springtime things to make and do list.

    The Hot Toddies of Washington

  5. OMG these are absolutely the cutest ever! Love them to pieces.

  6. Those are fun! I'm a new follower on blog lovin. Found you at the blog hop!

    Craft E Magee

  7. Looks great and authentic, especially in the dark.

  8. I love this craft like whoa! Totally doing it with my kids thanks for sharing!

  9. This looks like so much fun! I'll have to get the materials and do this with my preschooler! He will love it!

  10. These are awesome! I've got to try it out!

  11. I want to make one right now!!!! for These are badass!

  12. This looks like so much fun. I think I might tweak your idea for an upcoming kids party. thanks for sharing.

  13. I just love these! I wish my daughter was still little so we could make one together! What the heck, I may make one anyway!

    Thank you for linking up to the In and Out of the Kitchen party! I look forward to seeing what you bring next week!

    Cynthia at

  14. Wow! That is a really cool idea. Your jelly fish look realistic when they are glowing. Thanks for sharing at Mom's Library.

  15. Thanks for linking to Take-A-Look Tuesday over at Sugar Bee Crafts - you were featured today!

  16. That's so fun! Love projects that kids can do with mom. Very creative how you did the strings too.

  17. Gorgeous in the light too and such a fabulous project, wow! thanks for sharing on Craft Schooling Sunday!

  18. These are too neat!!! And the glow in the dark paint makes them extra cool!!! Thanks for sharing this with us on Fancy This Fridays! We featured it today! ;)

  19. Cool craft project!! I love that it glows in the dark! Thanks for sharing @ Submarine Sunday!!!


  20. Too cute and looks like a fun craft for kids! Thank you for linking up at SHOW-licious Craft Showcase!


  21. This is fabulous!!! Featuring you tomorrow!