Crafts & activities

Make a jellyfish mobile out of a recycled plastic bottle

If you've got some empty plastic bottles lying around at home, why not turn them into a colourful jellyfish mobile, inspired by Ben Rothery's beautiful drawings in Water World? Just follow our easy step-by-step tutorial.

Suzie Attaway
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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