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After a few days off crafting we’re back again with yet another ocean themed craft! How adorable are these cake liner handprint hermit crabs? We’ve been watching a lot of national geographic documentaries lately and my little guy’s fascination with all things under the sea has grown even more than before. Which is exactly why you may have noticed a sudden influx of ocean themed crafts! We like to use these little crafts as a fun expansion when learning about new creatures. This craft was particularly great as my little guy was able to make his almost all by myself and it was simple enough for me to help my 1yo make!

Here’s what we used

  • Coloured paper
  • Cupcake cases
  • Sticker eyes
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Coloured paints
  • Pencil

How to make our cake liner handprint crabs

To make our seaweed background. My little one painted her fingers and the top half of her palm and then we printed all across the bottom. We also added a couple of coloured hand prints to make the coral.

To make the crabs body, draw around little ones hands and cut out the handprints.

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cupcake liner handprint hermit craft for kids

Flatten your cupcake cases to make your shells. Then, position your handprints and cases on your paper before gluing them down.

cupcake liner handprint hermit craft for kids

Finish off by giving each of your crab two eyes. For the crabs facing forward we just stuck the eyes flat and for the ones facing to the side we cut out two red rectangle stalks to stick the eyes on. Don’t these little cake liner handprint hermit crabs just look adorable?!

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