Papercraft Jellyfish

This super fun and easy Papercraft Jellyfish is a great way to make memories with your kids. Not to mention, the outcome is seriously adorable!  

Papercraft Jellyfish

When I tell my kids that we are going to the beach, they cannot contain their excitement. They especially love exploring and looking for crabs and seashells. We hunt down tidepools to look for starfish or snails. It is always so fun to see wildlife while we are there. Dolphins, fish, birds, and even sometimes jellyfish! 

This Papercraft Jellyfish is a great way to have the fun of the beach from home. It allows your kids to practice some great skills, express creativity, and engage their imagination once the craft is complete. Once you have your finished jellyfish, create a Papercraft Crab for even more playtime fun. 

How to Make a Papercraft Jellyfish


supplies to make a papercraft jellyfish
  • Colored paper
  • Craft glue
  • Sharpie
  • Pencil
  • Scissors


Step 1

papercraft jellyfish step one image

First you will want to choose three different shades of one color of colored paper. After you have chosen your colors, the next step will be to trace the bottom and the top layer of the body’s base pattern on two different shades of the colored paper you chose before. Next, trace the wider oral arm patterns on one shade of the colored paper. Then trace the tentacle patterns on another different shade. You can cut out the eyes directly from the template. Finally, cut out all of your traced items carefully.   

Step 2

green papercraft jellyfish step 2 directions

To start assembling your jellyfish, grab the body’s bottom layer cutout. Glue the two oral arm cutouts along the bottom edge of the base cutout.   

Step 3

papercraft jellyfish with tentacles attached

After the oral arms are attached, you can then glue the tentacles along the bottom layer of the body’s cutout as well. 

Step 4

papercraft jellyfish

Now, carefully align the cutout of the body’s top layer with the top edge of the body’s bottom layer. Make sure the edges on the top and sides match. The bottom end won’t match as the top base is slightly smaller than the bottom base cutout.  

Step 5

eyes on jellyfish papercraft

Glue the eyes onto the top base pattern. Grab your sharpie and draw the mouth of the Papercraft Jellyfish.

Step 6

completed pink and green papercraft jellyfish

Finally, add more details as desired to your jellyfish. As seen in the final image, you can use a sharpie that is the same color as the tentacles to trace lines along the oral arms.

Tips and Tricks

  • Let your kids get silly by veering slightly from the pattern and creating their own squiggly tentacles from the paper.
  • If you want to get even more creative, use pipe cleaners or small ribbons as the tentacles and googly eyes instead of paper. 
  • For added fun, turn your papercraft into a puppet by glueing a popsicle stick to the back. 

More Papercraft Jellyfish Ideas

Story time is my kids’ favorite part of the bedtime routine. Help your kids to learn more about jellyfish and other sea creatures by reading The Crowd in the Ocean with them. 

On the topic of the ocean, create a sea themed I Spy Jar with sand and other nautical trinkets to entertain the kids while simultaneously engaging their minds.

For another simple and fun craft, build this super cute Mixed Media Mermaid Art. What’s so fun about crafts is that they can be personalized to your child’s unique self. With the colors they choose as well as their individual method of approaching the craft, they create something that is uniquely theirs. 

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