Kids Art Project- Plastic Jug Jellyfish

Plastic Jug Jellyfish

JDaniel has decided that gelatinous creatures are his favorite animal. We have both poured over pictures of them in library books. I think it is the ones that are found in the deep sea that he loves best. They have bioluminescence which he think is the coolest thing.

When I told him we were going to the Tennessee Aquarium during our Spring Break, he was excited. When we visited the aquarium’s website and found out that they had a special jellyfish exhibit, he was over the moon. I don’t know how many times we looked over the pictures of some of the jellyfish that were going to be in  the exhibit. 

While we were at the aquarium, we got to go behind the scenes to to moon jellies in incubation tanks. (The aquarium lets kids pick two special activities to attend during your visit. )When I saw baby jelly fish on the activity board, I knew we had to select it. He loved it.

Moon Jellyfish
Moon Jellyfish in a Holding Tank

We searched from the top to the bottom of the first building in the aquarium for more jellyfish and didn’t find any.  Then we searched from top to the bottom of the second building for them. Finally we entered the final exhibit in the building and found them.

Glowing Jellyfish
There were several wonderful tanks filled with jellyfish. Some glowed like the ones above. Others just looked cool like the upside down jellyfish below. 
Upside Jellyfish
It wasn’t until the very last tank that we saw the comb jellies. They are JDaniel’s absolute favorite. I didn’t end up with a clear picture of them or I would have shared it with you. They display a colored thread inside them that changes color. They really are cool.

On the way out of the museum we stopped in the gift shop and looked over the jellyfish items they had on sale. There weren’t many and one jellyfish that caught JDaniel’s eye was a plush jellyfish with tentacles made of ribbon. I told him that I thought I could make him a jellyfish mobile for his room when we got home. He decided that I probably could.

When we got home I dug through our recycling bin and pulled out a few items we could use for the body of the jellyfish. They was a plastic jug that used to hold green tea and a plastic berry container.

While JDaniel was at school, I put it together. I think he could have done made a plastic jug jellyfish on his own, but I really wanted to surprise him by having it done when he got home.  

Berry Container with Ribbons Woven in it.

It is really just a berry container with two types of ribbon (One was wide with colored stripes and the other was bright blue with sequins.) and bright green rick rack woven through the air holes. One of the types of ribbon has a wire in it that allows the ribbon to be bent and twirled into place.

The berry container was placed inside a cut down plastic jug. I used fishing line to connect the two plastic items to together. I wove the fishing line through a hole in the jug and down into a whole in the berry container. Then I wove it back out through the berry container and up through  another hole in the jug.

The berry container was attached upside down so I could adjust the ribbons it I needed to and so I could put a light stick into the container from time to time. JDaniel would love to watch it glow.

Plastic Jug Jellyfish

JDaniel was thrilled with it. It is now hanging from the ceiling fan in his room.  I don’t mean to brag, but I think this plastic jug jellyfish is cuter than the plush jellyfish from the museum.

Earth Day is coming up. I hope you will dig through your recycling bin to find items you can craft with. Maybe you could even make a tissue box creation. The Tissue Box Challenge starts next week on the 16th. I hope many of you will enter the contest.

This post is linked to Mrs. Matlock’s Alphabe Thursday. It is U week and this mobile is really unique.


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  1. says

    Oh, this is so cute! I need to make one, especially with a glow stick! We went to the Jellies exhibit at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, and my girls loved it!

  2. says

    Wow! That came out awesome! What a great idea! My children want a aquarium but this might hold them off for awhile. Thanks for sharing this project.

  3. says

    That looks pretty cool!! I love jellyfish too; not my favorite animal, but I do like their colors and the tentacles move so swiftly, they are cool to photograph.

    From PDX with Love

  4. says

    Jellyfish are such interesting creatures…My grandkids have had some painful experiences with them at the beach, though.


  5. says

    You are a clever rabbit..what a great idea…I’ll bet J Daniel enjoyed seeing this one.. Jelly fish are very painful if they sting you.. Be careful when going to the beach..
    Have a blessed day~! ta ta for now from Iowa:)

  6. says

    So cute! I love contained jelly-fish. We saw them at the beach last summer and Nathan had a great time catching them with a net and putting them into his plastic bucket.

  7. says

    Very daughter is a jelly fish freak. I’ll show it to her. I hope you’ll consider sharing this at Look What We Did, a month long link up hosted by HammockTracks. -Savannah @ HammockTracks

  8. says

    I think jellyfish were Monkey’s favorite animal last time we went to the aquarium! We already have some bottle fish hanging in the play room, we may need to add some jellyfish!

  9. Kelly says

    This is such a cute craft! We love watching the jellyfish at the aquarium too. Thanks for linking to the After School Link Up!
    Kelly at Little Wonders’ Days

  10. says

    You are unbelievably brilliant!

    I love that you didn’t fall prey to the junk at the store and made something so much more memorable.

    Not a big fan of the jellies…but the ribbon one is super cute!

    Squish. Squish.

    thanks for linking.


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