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Cardboard Tube Jellyfish

Author: Amanda Formaro


  • 3- inch Styrofoam ball
  • Cardboard tube toilet paper roll or half of a paper towel roll
  • Acrylic craft paint: light blue ivory/cream, light green
  • 2 googly eyes
  • Pipe cleaner
  • scissors
  • Paintbrush
  • Craft knife
  • Styrofoam cutter or a sharp knife parents should handle
  • Craft glue


  • Start off by cutting the Styrofoam ball in half. You can save one of the halves for another project. You only need one of them for this craft. Paint one half of the ball with light blue paint and allow it to dry.
  • Paint the inside of the cardboard tube first. You can use any color for the inside, I chose ivory. when that is dry, paint stripes on the outside of the cardboard tube using all three colors.
  • When everything is dry, turn the foam ball upside down with the flat side facing up. Place the cardboard tube in the center of the flat side and "draw" around the tube with a craft knife. Remove the tube temporarily. Use the craft knife, or even a pencil, to widen the circle you just created. When it's wide enough, insert the cardboard tube into it, fitting it snugly.
  • Use scissors to cut slits up the length of the tube. Bend the tentacles of the jellyfish by pushing the ends of the tube into your palm. Cut a piece of chenille stem about 4-inches long. Bend it in half to create a loop and twist the open ends together. Insert those twisted ends into the top of the jellyfish's head to make a hanger. Glue the googly eyes on the front of the half-ball.