Glow-in-the-Dark Jellyfish Craft

My girls have been fascinated with jellyfish since seeing hundreds of them washed up onto New Smyrna Beach last summer.  Together we crafted a sting-free variety out of paper bowls, yarn and glow-in-the-dark acrylic paint. Would you like to learn how?


  • heavy-weight paper bowls
  • white yarn
  • glow-in-the-dark acrylic paint (we used FolkArt and Martha Stewart brands)
  • paint brushes and painting supplies
  • scissors
  • zipper sandwich bags
  • skewer or sharp pencil

Directions Paint the bowl inside and out.  Use two or more coats of paint for a brighter “glow”. jellyfish4-2474450 For the tentacles, cut 10 – 12 pieces of yarn approximately 36 inches in length. Place them in a zipper sandwich bag with several squirts of glow paint and seal the bag. jellyfish2-7826780

Squish! Squish! Squish! until the yarn is completely covered, adding more paint if necessary. If the paint is too thick, add a little water to the bag.

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