Adorable Jellyfish Paper Craft! With Free Printable Template!

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Learn how to make this stunning Jellyfish Paper Craft that your kids will love! This enchanting jellyfish can be made in a whole rainbow of colors and is a total lifesaver on rainy days where you’ve run out of fun activities to keep little ones busy!

Adorable Jellyfish Paper Craft! With Free Printable Template!

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Paper Jellyfish Craft

This adorable under the sea craft is great for improving those cutting skills, learning how to follow instructions, and an opportunity to talk about different creatures that live in the ocean.

To make a paper jellyfish, all you will need is some construction/craft paper, scissors, glue, and our free printable template.

Once assembled, you can use the Jellyfish for roleplaying, learning about the creature (check our facts below to get you started!), building an aquarium or ocean scene, or hanging from the ceiling!

Facts About Jellyfish

  • Jellyfish have been around for millions of years, even before dinosaurs lived on the Earth.
  • They are found all over the world from the surface to the deepest depths of the ocean.
  • Jellyfish have a smooth umbrella-shaped body and long, sprawling tentacles.
  • Some jellyfish are clear, but others are vibrant colours of pink, yellow, blue, and purple.
  • Some even produce their own light called bioluminescence.
  • Jellyfish have no brain, heart, bones, or eyes.
  • Jellyfish are between 85% and 98% water.
  • The tentacles have stinging cells which help them to stun their prey.
  • However, they can sting humans swimming in the water too. The pain ranges from mild to severe depending on the species of jellyfish.
  • The most dangerous is the box jellyfish which reportedly carries enough venom to kill more than 60 humans.
  • They eat fish, shrimp, crabs, and tiny plants and digest their food very quickly so that they can continue to float!
  • The biggest jellyfish in the world is the lion’s mane jellyfish can reach lengths of 6.5 feet (2m) and their tentacles can reach over 88 feet (27m)! The average size though is 1.5 feet (40cm).
  • A group of jellyfish is called a bloom, a smack, or a swarm. They can contain up to 300,00 jellies!
Paper Jellyfish Craft
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Materials & Tools Used in This Craft

The full list of materials, tools, and instructions are found in the printable tutorial card at the end of this post. I highly recommend reading the blog post all the way through before starting this project to ensure that you have everything required and understand the steps and timings involved.

You may have several standard craft supplies at home already, but I’ve included links to Amazon below for your convenience.

  • Construction Paper in the following suggested colors: Dark Pink, Light Pink, White
  • Scissors
  • Glue Stick
  • Jellyfish Printable Template
  • You will find the template download links before the tutorial card and surrounded by a purple box. Tap the purple download buttons to save the file(s) to your device.
  • Printables are available in two paper sizes – A4 and US Letter (8.5″ x 11″). Download the size that is appropriate for your printer.

TOP TIP! Print my craft templates in advance and store them in a folder so that you can grab them at a moment’s notice.

Speaking of a moment’s notice, a box of basic craft supplies is also a good thing to have on hand so you can get started on projects without worrying if you have the right stuff!

I’ve compiled a list of craft basics that I think everyone should have – you’ll find them in tips section further down this page. You don’t have to get ALL the things all at once, but building your craft stash will make life a lot easier when the kids are stuck indoors or want to make something last minute!

Build-A-Jellyfish - Fun Under the Sea Paper Craft

More Under The Sea Crafts

This Jellyfish paper craft is just one of a collection of fun under the sea paper crafts! Here are the others for you to do after this one:

I’ve shared lots of great craft ideas on The Purple Pumpkin Blog over the years, in fact, there are 100+ crafts to make and do at home that you can try!

Jellyfish Craft Tips

  • Print the template onto the suggested colored construction paper and cut the pieces out. (But you could use any colors you want!)
  • Why not experiment with different color combinations and make an aquarium full of colorful Jellyfish?
  • If construction paper won’t go through your printer, you could print onto regular paper and trace around the pieces onto the colored paper/card. You will have to add any detail with a black marker pen.
  • Another option is to print onto white paper and color the pieces in with crayons, pens, paints, or pencils.
  • Or what about making this Jellyfish using craft foam? You will have to add any detail with a black marker pen.
  • Cut all the pieces out and lay them where they should go before sticking them down with glue.
  • An optional extra is adding glitter: apply white school glue to the parts you want to add some sparkle, sprinkle glitter on top, shake off the excess and leave to dry.
  • You could also use other embellishments like googly eyes, or sequins to bring this craft to life.
  • If you want to hang up your completed Jellyfish you could use a piece of ribbon or string to form a hanging loop and stick to the back (or you could punch a hole at the top and thread the ribbon/string through).
  • Why not use a variety of blue paints to create a water background to mount the paper Jellyfish onto?
  • If you plan on making more under-the-sea creatures from this series, you could even paint a large ocean background using a roll of plain/lining paper from the DIY store!
  • Included in the printable are bubbles of various sizes – use these in your artwork as you wish.

Handy Crafting Supplies from Amazon

Having a good basic stash of craft supplies means you can get crafty at a moment’s notice. A lifesaver on rainy days, on snow days, when stuck inside, or when the kids are complaining for the hundredth time that they are bored! I keep a box full of these products below so that when my niece and nephews come to visit we can have a fun creative time together.

If you are short on space to store stuff, why not invest in a craft tote to keep everything together and stash away when not in use? There are many different sizes and styles so buy one (or two) suit your needs. I have a couple of this style tote just for pens and pencils!

Build A Paper Jellyfish - Fun Ocean Craft

Download the Jellyfish Template

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How Do I Make a Paper Jellyfish?

Just check out the how-to card below with full materials, tools, instructions, and demonstration photos. You can print the card out too (don’t worry, the pics don’t print to save your ink!).

Paper Jellyfish Craft

Paper Jellyfish Craft

Yield: 1
Active Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Difficulty: Beginner

This adorable jellyfish is super easy to make, you just need some construction paper and few other simple craft supplies and you’re ready to go!


  • Construction Paper in the following suggested colors: Dark Pink, Light Pink, White
  • Free Printable Template (link in blog post)


  • Scissors
  • Glue Stick


  1. Download the jellyfish template and print it onto the suggested color construction paper. Additional bubble template is included to use as you wish.
  2. Cut the pieces out.

    Cut Paper Jelly Fish Pieces
  3. Lay the pieces in the correct order before sticking them down with a glue stick.

    Glued Paper Jelly Fish Pieces
  4. Leave to dry before using (mounting, using role-play, or hanging up.)

    Assembled Paper Jelly Fish Pieces
  5. Optional - paint a blue ocean background onto a larger piece of paper to mount the jellyfish onto!


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