A photo of a recycled jellyfish mobiles next to Ben Rothery's drawing of a jellyfish in his book Water World on a mint green background

© Suzie Attaway

You will need:

A photo of all the things you will need to make a recycled bottle jellyfish including, a plastic bottle, small paintbrush, scissors, clear string, paints, cellophane and bubblewrap

© Suzie Attaway

·   Plastic bottle

·   Plastic materials such as bags, bubble wrap, cellophane

·   Paint

·   Clear string

·   Paintbrush

·   Scissors

How to make your jellyfish mobile:

A photo of a piece of cellophane being painted in rainbow colours alongside a dish with paint and a paintbrush on a mint green background

© Suzie Attaway

1. First, lay your plastic bag flat on your work surface. Paint some rainbow stripes along the length of the bag in different colours, and then leave them to dry.

A photo of the bottom of a plastic bottle being painted in different colours alongside a dish of paints and a paintbrush on a mint green background

© Suzie Attaway

2. Next, ask an adult to carefully cut the bottom off the plastic bottle – this will be the body of the jellyfish. Put the rest of the bottle in your recycling bin. Paint some dots all over the surface of the body, using the different colours as before. Allow this to dry.

A photo of a pair of scissors alongside a painted plastic bag and cellophane that has been cut into long thin strips on a mint green background

© Suzie Attaway

3. Cut the dried painted plastic bag into thin strips, along with the bubble wrap and cellophane if using. These will be the jellyfish’s tentacles.

A photo of the plastic bag, cellophane and bubble wrap strips being tied together using clear string on a mint green background

© Suzie Attaway

4. Now take a length of clear string – again, let an adult help you – and tie a bunch of the 'tentacles' together.

A photo of the plastic bag, cellophane and bubble wrap strips being tied inside the plastic bottle bottom with clear string on a mint green background

© Suzie Attaway

5. Ask an adult to make a hole in the top of the plastic bottle body. Then thread the clear string through, pulling the 'tentacles' up into the body. Tie a knot at the top, and your jellyfish is ready to hang!

A photo of three recycled jellyfish mobiles hanging up against a blue background

© Suzie Attaway

Big thanks to Suzie Attaway for putting together this crafting activity! For more fun crafts and styling, check out Suzie's Instagram @craftpropstylist

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  • 'This is a thing of rare beauty' - David Walliams on Hidden Planet (shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2020)

    Water World is the stunning new book from Ben Rothery, author of Hidden Planet and Sensational Butterflies.

    Life on Earth is shaped by water, and only survives here because of it, but our ocean ecosystems are at the epicentre of global warming. Framed by the need to protect our oceans, Water World is natural-history illustrator Ben Rothery's rich exploration of the creatures from the coastal and offshore waters of the world - from penguins, seagulls, polar bears and seahorses, to plankton, sharks and deep-sea beings.

    Discover the longest migration and the loudest animal on Earth, and learn how our own actions affect the ocean, its inhabitants and our whole planet.

    Fun to read together or independently, this large-format, beautifully illustrated book is perfect for nature-lovers of all ages.

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