Yesterday, my daughter was begging for a craft. I asked her what she wanted to make, and immediately said that she wanted to make a jellyfish. After a quick inventory of my supply closet, and my recycling bin, we decided to make it out of a coke bottle. This craft is pretty simple, and only needs a handful of supplies that you probably already have. The hardest part of this craft for my 3 1/2 year old was waiting for the glue to try between steps. I recommend having snack time or some other distraction ready while you wait.
You will need:
2 Liter Plastic Bottle-washed with label removed
Bottle of Glue
1 Foot Long Pieces of Ribbon (I used around a dozen or so)
Googly Eyes (if you don't have googly eyes, construction paper eyes would be cute)
Step 1- cut the bottle bottom off using scissors. This will be the 'body' of your jellyfish. There is no correct height for this, but I did mine pretty long. As long as you have enough room to put your eyes on, and to tie the ribbons on it will be adorable. Use a hole punch to punch holes around the bottom (as few or as many as you like. I did 8 or so.
Step 2- Lay the newspaper page down on your work surface. Sit the bottle bottom on the paper, open end down. Using the bottle of glue, let your child make a design of glue on the bottle. My daughter did some pretty loopy type lines, but there is no wrong way here.
Step 3- Immediately help your child sprinkle glitter over the bottle, making sure to get all of the glue lines. Shake off excess, and try not to smudge the glue lines. Allow to dry. This was when we ate our snack and went outside to play.
Step 4- Once dry, help your child tie 2 or 3 ribbon pieces to each hole. Lay the jellyfish on it's side and glue the googly eyes on. If you leave it standing up, the eyes will slide down. Except for drying, the jellyfish is done. We had nap time right after this part, so she wouldn't be tempted to play with it before it was dried.
I would probably recommend this craft for ages 3 and up. It would also be perfect for preschool or kindergarten classes! Just have everyone bring their own coke bottle!
I have some ideas for a few more Coke bottle crafts, so be on the lookout for more of them to be put on the blog this week. If you don't want to miss them, you can subscribe to Frugal Mommy Christine using the Widget on the right side bar of this page.
Who would you do this craft with, and what, if any, changes might you make to yours?