Jellyfish in a Bottle

Whoever first saw a jellyfish and thought to replicate it’s wonders using a simple plastic baggie must be a genius. I can only take credit for the best, most concise jellyfish in a bottle tutorial for this inexpensive craft, perfect for 3+ year olds. ūüėČ


  • Large Water bottle
  • Clear Plastic Bag-¬† small trash or produce bag from the grocery store (shhh…)¬†
  • Dental floss
  • Food coloring

Cut your plastic bag into a square.¬† Lay this over a glass and fill it with a tiny bit of water.¬† (Too much and you won‚Äôt be able to pull the head of the jellyfish through the top of your water bottle- we learned the hard way)¬† Secure with dental floss knots TWICE and leave ends hanging.¬†¬†Cut tentacles –¬† they do not have to be perfect. In fact, you want to cut off extra plastic and end up with only about 10-15 tentacles. Work those into the water bottle, add 2-3 drops of food coloring and screw the cap on tightly. Flip the bottle over to see the jellyfish swim.¬† Head into a dark closet and illuminate the jellyfish with a flashlight.¬† As a fun twist, color the head with a sharpie before¬†filling it with water.¬† You’ll never look at these guys at the aquarium the same way…¬†

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Elle Walker is a co-founder at What's Up Moms and the mom to three kids (10, 7, 5). In her spare time, she loves testing out kids activities (often muttering, "Pinterest, you lie"), to find the best activities that minimize set-up, reduce costs, and uses stuff up around the house. Follow her behind the scenes at Instagram @whatsupelle. {{Privy:Embed campaign=591322}}