Styrofoam Cup Sea Crabs
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Styrofoam Cup Sea Crabs

The kids will love making some adorable styrofoam cup sea crabs this summer!


  • Styrofoam Cups
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Googly eyes
  • White craft glue
  • Scissors
  • Paintbrushes
  • Americana Craft Paint Colors: Bahama Blue, Green Tea, Tuscan Red, Desert Sand, Coral Blush


  • First, you'll want to cut the cups down a bit, take off about an inch and a half.¬†Paint the outside of each cup, add a second coat if you need it.
  • For the crabs' eyes, cut a beige colored pipe cleaner into 5 equal pieces. Repeat for another pipe cleaner giving you a total of 10 pieces. That's enough for 5 crabs.
  • Add a dab of white craft glue to the tip of each one and attach it to a googly eye and set them aside to dry.
  • For the crabs forearm claws, cut a pipe cleaner in half. Take one piece and bend it in half. Starting at the bend, twist the pipe cleaner together, leaving the last 3/4-inch open. Bend those two open pieces into a curve to create the claw. Repeat with the other pipe cleaner half. You will get two forearm claws from a single pipe cleaner.
  • For the legs, cut two more pipe cleaners into six equal pieces, you will get three pieces from each pipe cleaner.¬†
  • Bend the pieces in three places as pictures, kind of like an S shape. Use a toothpick to poke two holes in the front of the cup and insert the forearm claws. Secure with white glue.
  • Use the toothpick to make three holes on each side of the cup and insert the legs, one pointing forward, the other two pointing back. Secure with white glue.
  • At the top of the cup, directly above the front claw arms, poke two holes for the eyes. Add a dab of glue and insert the eyes you made earlier.
  • Let everything dry before displaying.