Looking for a fun and easy craft project to do with your little ones? We got you covered! This charming Paper Oyster Craft with bonus paper starfish is made with construction paper is a perfect way to keep the kids busy with a colorful hands-on activity! Grab our free printable template to get started!
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Paper Starfish & Oyster 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 oyster and starfish, all you will need is some construction/craft paper, scissors, glue, and our free printable template.
Once assembled, you can use the Oyster & Starfish 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 Oysters & Starfish
- True oysters include edible oysters which are a delicacy around the world.
- Pearl oysters are not closely related to true oysters.
- Oysters can be found in freshwater and saltwater environments.
- Pearls are formed when a small irritant such as a grain of sand gets inside the oyster shell and is then covered with mother-of-pearl which is the inner lining of the oyster.
- The type, color, and shape of a pearl depend on the pigment in the mother-of-pearl and the shape of the original irritant.
- It can take 3-7 years of a pearl to form.
- Natural forming pearls are more valuable than farmed pearls.
- Pearl farmers can create a pearl by adding a piece of polished shell inside the oyster.
- Starfish are also known as Sea Stars.
- They do not have brains or blood, and can live for up to 35 years!
- Starfish can regenerate their arms, but it can take months or even years to fully regenerate.
- There are over 2000 species of starfish in all the world’s oceans, from the tropics to polar waters. But they cannot survive in freshwater.
- Many species are brightly coloured in various shades of red or orange, while others are blue, grey, or brown.
- Starfish existed as far back as 450 million years ago!
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: Purple, Light Purple, Pink, White, Yellow
- Glue Stick
- Oyster & Starfish 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!
More Under The Sea Crafts
This Clam & Starfish 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:
- Blue Whale
- Clam & Starfish
- Blue Crab
- Blue Tang Fish
- Pelican – by the sea rather than under it!
- Puffer Fish
- Scuba Boy
- Scuba Girl
- Seagull – by the sea rather than under it!
- Sea Turtle
- Sperm Whale
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!
Oyster & Starfish 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 aquatic creatures?
- 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 Oyster & Starfish 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 Oyster & Starfish 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 Oyster & Starfish 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!
Download the Oyster & Starfish Template
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How Do I Make a Paper Oyster & Starfish?
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!).
- Construction Paper in the following suggested colors: Dark Purple, Light Purple, Pink, White, Yellow
- Free Printable Template (link in blog post)
- Glue Stick
- Download the oyster and starfish template and print it onto the suggested color construction paper. Additional bubble template is included to use as you wish.
- Cut the pieces out.
- Lay the pieces in the correct order before sticking them down with a glue stick.
- Leave to dry before using (mounting, using role-play, or hanging up).
- Optional - paint a blue ocean background onto a larger piece of paper to mount the starfish and oyster onto!