This cute paper stingray craft was perfect for my ocean obsessed son, making them is a great way to kill an hour and then they provide many more hours of fun as a cute handmade toy. The best part is these little stingrays are so simple to make and only requires cheap basic materials too!
Here’s what we used
Clean Toilet roll tube
How to make this paper stingray craft
Take your stingray coloured paper and cut out a circular shape with a slightly narrower curve on one side to make the nose.
Add some double sided tape to the top part of the toilet roll and stick the paper onto the toilet roll so that the roll is beneath the nose and stretching down the body
Cut out a long thin point to make the stingrays tail and then stick it in place on the underside of the stingray’s body.
Add two eyes and a cute smiley mouth to the nose of your stingray.
And then finally add any optional decorations; we cut out several spots and glued them onto ours! Once totally dry the stingrays are finished and are ready to be played with or displayed!
How cute are these little rocking paper plate ships? We made these yesterday ahead of our coastal walk that we went on today and both of my two kids are still totally fascinated by them. Every time they walk past they give them a tap and watch them rock for a bit before carrying on. I have to admit they’re probably my favourite craft that we have made recently too! They’re so sweet and easy to make and they only require basic resources too which makes them perfect for crafting at home or in groups. Unfortunately we didn’t get to see any pirate ships today or any boats with yellow and purple sails but we did see some pretty cool other ones!
Heres what we used
How to mAKE OUR ROCKING PAPER PLATE SHIP
First take your paper plate and fold it in half. Then, take your blue paper and cut it into wavy strips to create your ocean waves. Glue your paper strips across the front half of your paper plate and put it aside to dry.
Whilst your ocean is drying it’s time to make your ship! Cut out a trapezium shape for the base of your boat and then glue your lollipop to back of it to make the mast. Then cut out two curved triangles to make the ship’s sails and glue them onto the front of your stick.
Finish decorating your ship by adding any decoration such as circle portholes or patterns/designs on the sail. Pop your ship to one side.
Hopefully by now your paper plate ocean is nearly dry. Take it up again and trim off the loose ends of your paper strips to round off your plate again.
Glue your ship onto the back of your paper plate and leave to dry. Once it’s dry your awesome paper plate ship is finished! Don’t they look great?!
My little guy is a huge fan of all things under the sea. He loves to learn about the ocean environment and the creatures that live within it. Whales are his absolute favourite and it’s easy to see why, they’re pretty impressive. Right now he’s really interested in Narwhals. Hence today’s craft; this cute paper plate Narwhal! Isn’t he cute?
You will need
Black and white card
First you’ll need to draw your whale shape on to your paper plate as you can see above (once I have a functioning scanner I will scan in my template so watch this space!). Cut out your whale shape and paint it in your chosen colour. Put your narwhal aside to dry.
Once dry, it’s time to give your Narwhal an eye! Cut out a black circle for the base of the eye, then cut out a white circle and a another smaller white circle to make the light spots. Glue the pieces together to make the eye and then glue it down in place on your narwhal.
Cut out a white cone shape to make the tusk and then use your black marker to draw on the lines. Glue the tusk down in place on the back of your paper plate.
Finish off your super cute Narwhal by using your black marker to draw on a smiley mouth and a flipper. Doesn’t he look sweet!?
If you hadn’t already realised, we absolutely love to make ocean themed crafts in this house. Learning about sea creatures is something we all find enjoyable. Right now my son is obsessed with Orcas so this little paper plate whale was the perfect afternoon craft for us. We even looked up some whale facts whilst crafting to make it a bit more educational! Did you know, killer whales have around 45 teeth! (if you want to learn more, check out the national geographic kids site – that’s what we were looking at and its great!)
You will need
A Paper plate Black paint Googly eye Pink paper White tissue paper Scissors Glue
Take your paper plate and fold it in half. Draw your whale shape on to your folded plate. You can see that I have left a portion of the fold at the whales head and tail untouched, you don’t want to cut all of the fold line as your whale needs two sides attached to be able to rock!
Now to paint your Orca Whale! Use your black paint to paint his body but leave a white space near the centre of his head and on his belly. (if you’re crafting with really young children you may find it easier to paint the whale totally black and then add the parts in using cut out white paper)
Using your scissors; cut out a small triangle for the mouth, add a thin pink strip to either side of the mouth to make some lips. To finish your whale’s face add a googly eye!
To add a water spout to your whale, take a square of white tissue paper and twist it to a point on one side. Use your scissors to make multiple snips on the other side.
Finally, make a small snip at the top of your whale’s head and pull the twisted end of your paper down through.
Your Rockin’ paper plate whale is finished, How great does he look!
How Cute are these little wavy paper jellyfish? The idea for these actually came about when I was making my Halloween paper ghosts and my son said how they looked like Jellyfish. He absolutely loves all things under the sea so I tweaked about with the original craft and came up with these. i’m pretty pleased with them too!
You will need
2 pieces of Coloured paper White paper Black paper or marker Scissors glue
To make the body of your jellyfish; take your two pieces of coloured paper and glue them together in the portrait position.
Use your scissors to Round off the top corners of your paper. This will make the dome shape of your jellyfish.
Take your scissors and cut strips into the bottom of your jellyfish. Stretch them up to about half way up your top piece of paper.
Now, take your first strip and begin folding it using accordion folds (like a fan) by following a pattern of folding one way and then back the other.
Repeat this step with the rest of your strips.
Now to finish your wavy paper jellyfish! cut and stick two white circles for the eyes and then using your marker or black paper; add two pupils and a smiley mouth.