Jellyfish are pretty to look at but not so fun to be around in the ocean. So we’ve thought of a way to bring their neon glow into your home without the sting. Check it out!

Jellyfish Main

Supplies you’ll need:

  • Paper plates, the thin flimsy type
  • Poster paints
  • Glow paint, (Example)
  • Yarn, white works best
  • Disposable cup
  • Disposable utensil or chopstick
  • Clothes hanger (optional)
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch
  • Black light lamp (optional)


  1. First cut yarn according to how many tentacles you’d like.  Three feet is a good measurement to start with.  Then place your yarn in a cup and squirt a tablespoon or so of glow paint on top.  Mix it up using a disposable chopstick or plastic fork.  Allow to dry either in the cup or spread across a clothes hanger.
  2. Next prepare your jellyfish by painting a paper plate.  Allow to dry and paint the bottom of the plate too.  Depending on the type of glow paint you have, you can mix it into the paint or paint on after the poster paint is dry.
  3. Once dry, fold the paper plate in half.  Then fold it into thirds to make a triangle.  Make slightly rounded cuts starting on one end then stopping when you get about ¼” from the opposite margin.  After each cut, flip triangle over and make another cut about 3/8” apart.  You’ll have about 5 or 6 cuts in your piece like this Jellyfish Triangle Cuts
  4. Open the triangle carefully.  Punch two holes in the center so you can hang the jellyfish.  Then punch holes along the edge for the yarn.
  5. Cut the yarn about 6-8” long (or longer if you like) and thread a yarn piece through the holes.  This method seems to be the easiest since there’s no knotting involved Jellyfish Yarn
  6. Thread more yarn through the center and hang up your jellyfish.

These look really neat under some black light, don’t you think?

Jellyfish Play

They still look cool even without the black light.

Jellyfish Complete

Have fun!