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Paper plate ocean animals - make sea creatures out of paper plates - fun kids craft

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Paper Plate Ocean Animals

These beautiful ocean animals can all be made from a simple paper plate. With a lick of paint and some colourful accessories it’s easy to make some wonderful sea creatures.

Here you can find a paper plate clownfish, jellyfish, puffer fish and crab. Afterwards you can have a go at making your own other sea creatures too.

Summary:

Time: 10 minutes
Ages: Toddlers and Little kids
Difficulty: Easy peasy

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Paper plate ocean animals - make sea creatures out of paper plates - fun kids craft
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You will need:

  • Paper plates
  • Pens
  • Scissors
  • Paint (we always prefer acrylics but any paint will do)
  • Paint brushes
  • Fork
  • Googly eyes
  • Card or foam sheet
  • Bun cases
  • Glue

Clown Fish

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Paper plate ocean animals - make sea creatures out of paper plates - fun kids craft
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Clown fish: Step 1

Cut a paper plate in half.

Cut around the curve on the plate but at the end cut a tail shape, as shown in the photo above.

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Paper plate ocean animals - make sea creatures out of paper plates - fun kids craftPaper plate ocean animals - make sea creatures out of paper plates - fun kids craft
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Clown fish: Step 2

Draw lines on your fish shape with a black pen.

These will be the white lines on your clown fish. You can make some lines straight and others wavy.

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Paper plate ocean animals - make sea creatures out of paper plates - fun kids craft
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Clown fish: Step 3

Paint the fish with orange paint, leaving the space between the lines you drew white.

To finish off your clown fish cut a fin shape from one of the spare off-cuts of paper plate and paint it orange.

Glue it in place. Then you can stick on a googly eye.

You can use the same technique to make lots of different fish, with many colours and patterns.

Paper Plate Jelly Fish

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Paper plate ocean animals - make sea creatures out of paper plates - fun kids craft
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Jellyfish: Step 1

Cut a paper plate in half.

Then cut a thin oval shape out of the plate, as shown in the photo above.

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Paper plate ocean animals - make sea creatures out of paper plates - fun kids craft
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Jellyfish: Step 2

Paint your paper plate shape. We chose a bright pink colour and used acrylic paint to give it a thick covering.

Take some patterned paper bun cases. Cut around the edges of them to make 2 cm strips.

You will need about 5 or 6 bun case strips for the jellyfish tentacles.

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Paper plate ocean animals - make sea creatures out of paper plates - fun kids craft
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Jellyfish: Step 3

Glue the bun case tentacles to the back of your jellyfish body.

Now all you need to do is add some googly eyes.

Paper Plate Puffer Fish

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Paper plate ocean animals - make sea creatures out of paper plates - fun kids craft
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Puffer fish: Step 1

Start with a paper plate. Cut around the inner circle on the plate.

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Paper plate ocean animals - make sea creatures out of paper plates - fun kids craft
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Puffer fish: Step 2

Take your round paper plate shape and cut zig zags all the way round the edges.

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Paper plate ocean animals - make sea creatures out of paper plates - fun kids craft
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Puffer fish: Step 3

Dip a plastic fork into yellow paint and print lots of jaggy spiky shapes all over your circle.

Dip it into white paint to cover a small area at the bottom of your circle (the white belly of your puffer fish).

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Paper plate ocean animals - make sea creatures out of paper plates - fun kids craft
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Puffer fish: Step 4

Cut out two fin shapes from the off cuts of your paper plate and paint them yellow. Cut a mouth shape from orange card or foam.

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Paper plate ocean animals - make sea creatures out of paper plates - fun kids craft
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Puffer fish: Step 5

To complete your puffer fish, glue on the fins, mouth and googly eyes.

Paper Plate Crab

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Paper plate ocean animals - make sea creatures out of paper plates - fun kids craft
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Crab: Step 1

Cut a paper plate in half. Cut the sides on a diagonal, as shown in the photo.

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Paper plate ocean animals - make sea creatures out of paper plates - fun kids craft
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Crab: Step 2

Paint your paper plate with orange paint. Then cut out shapes for 6 crab legs and 2 crab pincers from orange card or a foam sheet.

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Paper plate ocean animals - make sea creatures out of paper plates - fun kids craft
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Crab: Step 3

Glue the legs and pincers in place on the underside of your plate and add some googly eyes to finish.

You can put all your ocean animals on a large piece of blue background and decorate it like an ocean scene.

Or you could make other ocean animals from paper plates. It could be a turtle? Or a shark? Or even a seahorse?

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