Summer Soirée: Meet the Jellyfish Family kids can make (and a giveaway announcement!)

Today, Jennifer & Kitty O’Neil, the creative duo who blog at Running With Sisters, are sharing this cute Jellyfish Family kids’ craft. If you made a trip to the beach this summer, this jellyfish craft will be especially fun. Crafting with boys? You can easily change the colors of your Jellyfish Family to make it a pink-free craft for boys. Jennifer & Kitty have a giveaway for you, too, so read on! (This giveaway is closed.)

Here's a fun, beach-theme crafts for kids -- a Jellyfish Family. Super easy, and colors can be changed to make it a boy craft. Tute on

The Jellyfish Family by Jennifer & Kitty O’Neil.

To make the Jellyfish Family, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 5” and 4” balls
  • Acrylic craft paint in hot pink
  • Cellophane wrap in magenta
  • Iridescent curling ribbon in purple and white
  • Rubber bands, three small
  • Googly eyes, six 25mm
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; serrated knife or plastic knife*; wood skewer or chopstick; foam paintbrush; double-stick tape; clear tape; ruler

*Note: Children should never use a serrated knife. Have children use the plastic knife under close supervision of an adult.

To make the Jellyfish Family:

1. Cut in half the balls of STYROFOAM Brand Foam. (Please have an adult closely supervise this step, and have children use the plastic knife for cutting.) Save one 4” half ball for a future project.

2. Insert a wood skewer or chopstick into the flat side of each half ball to use as a handle. Paint the half balls hot pink and let dry.

3. Cut six, 18” lengths each of purple and white curling ribbon. Gather together and wrap a rubber band around one end. Repeat, making two more jellyfish tails. Trim the ribbons for the baby’s tail so it’s shorter.

4. Remove the handle from each ball, fill the holes with glue, and poke the rubber band end of each tail into the holes. If needed, use the handle to enlarge the hole first. Let glue dry.

5. Wrap each half-ball in an 18″ x 18″ cellophane square. Gather the cellophane around the ribbon tail, and secure with a piece of curling ribbon. Trim the cellophane so it’s about 4” long at the bottom of the ball.

How to make a fun Jellyfish with the kids.

Mama Jellyfish.

6. Attach the googly eyes with double-stick tape.

7. Make mama’s hair bow. Curl with scissors two, 12” lengths of purple ribbon and two, 12” lengths of white ribbon. Pinch the ribbons in the center and tape to the mama’s head.

8. Knot the ends of a 14” length of purple ribbon. Poke a hole in the top of each jellyfish, carefully cutting through the cellophane with tip of the scissors. Fill the hole with glue, and poke the knot into the hole. Let dry.

If you’re looking for even more summertime fun, Jennifer and Kitty are giving away a downloadable pdf of their newest book, Big Blast of Kid Crafts, to three Crafts ‘n Coffee readers. I had a sneak peek, and it’s a fun – and big book. As in 55 pages and 20 projects big! As a crafty kid many years ago, I know I would have loved this book.

You can win the book Big Blast of Kid Crafts by Jennifer & Kitty O'Neil. They're giving away three copies on of Bi

Tell me about your best summer vacation and you might win this book!

I’m going to add in a little something for each of the three winners, too. You’ll get your choice of one of our craft kits and one of our craft aprons. Woot!

Giveaway on

The three winners will also receive one of our craft kits.

Here’s how you can win. Tell me about your favorite summertime vacation. Was it this year? Or is it still coming up later this month? Or, maybe it was a favorite summer vacation from years ago. Please share by next Thursday, August 8, and I’ll announce the winner on Friday, August 9.

**Please Note: This Giveaway is Closed.**

In the meantime, our Summer Soirée continues next week and I’ll have a full week of summertime, beach theme craft ideas.

Happy summer crafting!


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21 Responses to Summer Soirée: Meet the Jellyfish Family kids can make (and a giveaway announcement!)

  1. Jenni says:

    Every year with my kids seems better than the year before. My most memorable summer vacation was this year, just a few weekends ago. We took the kids to Stinson Beach, CA to hunt for sea shells. We found HUNDREDS! We couldn’t stop collecting, but before we knew it we couldn’t carry one more, we had to start being really picky “which ones do we keep?”. We also played in the tide pools and poked “sea enemies”. We found a star fish. We fished for shark and caught 7 (we released them), we caught a skate (looked like a sting ray to me), and some other cool fishes. We climbed sand “mountains” and built forts and sand people. It was the best vacation yet!

  2. Ana Marcela Herrera says:

    Our most memorable family vacation was 16 years ago. We went to the each in Costa Rica, it was a blast, we were so happy.

  3. Theresa Olds says:

    Our most memorable family vacation was 2 years ago. My husband’s father, mother and aunt went with us to Castle Rock, Colorado. All 3 were in their 80’s insisted on driving in my mother-in-laws Cadillac and lead the way. We got them a walkie talkie so we could in touch instead of the phone. Long story short, took us 3 days to get there. Dad decided when we got there, it was time to go back home. He ran away ( went looking for ice cream). Locked us out the hotel room. But we wouldn’t have it any other way. He passed this June after a year of health problems. He had a photo book with picture’s of us in the hotel, restaurant and picking the hotel room lock.
    But the best part was, them using the walkie talkie…..priceless.

    • Sharon says:

      Thank you for sharing these precious memories, Theresa. I’m glad you have your memories and the photos to remember the laughs you shared. I’m sure the trip still makes you smile! Sharon

  4. Diane Whitmarshby says:

    Last summer my husband and I took his daughter on a 6 day rafting trip through the Grand Canyon. It was such a wonderful time with beautiful scenery. It was so special for us because his daughter has always been so busy with work, that she hasn’t had time for a trip since our last trip when she graduated from high school (14 years ago). So a wonderful time with lots of memories was had by all.

    • Sharon says:

      That sounds wonderful, Diane. I would love to do this sometime — any advice for a novice rafter? Did you use guides? I hope you get to take another family trip before 14 years go by again. Sharon

  5. Amy PInion says:

    My favorite summer vacation memory was 2 years ago. We took a day trip to Myrtle Beach, SC for our oldest daughter’s 17th birthday. We went to an outdoor concert to see her favorite band, Petra. She was able to meet the band, and it was an awesome night!

  6. Elizabeth Bee says:

    Favorite summer vacation was long time ago — 1976, the bicentennial year, when I was thirteen. Our family drove cross-country in a station wagon with five kids plus the dog, stopping at silly tourist attractions and legitimate historical sites.

    • Sharon says:

      What great fun! I’d love to make a roadtrip like that — how long did it take your family? I bet everyone still talks about it. Thanks for sharing. Sharon

  7. Talmage Dunn says:

    My favorite summer vacation was the year my son learned to surf, he is now 34, he was 15 then. We were at Cape Hatteras along the northeastern coast of North Carolina. We had a great time. I have hust completed my 2nd year of retirement after 31 yrs of teaching math. I hope to be able to take my wife on a cruise this year.

    • Sharon says:

      Thank you for sharing your memories. I bet your son remembers every minute of that vacation, too. Congratulations on your retirement — I hope you’re enjoying every minute of it, and may the upcoming cruise work out for you, too. Sharon

  8. Cherise Kennedy says:

    Our family is pretty big with 6 kids. This year we took it easy and did a camp session in our backyard-simple but we all just played together and had fun!

    • Sharon says:

      What a great idea, Cherise. I bet your kids will remember the year they camped out in the backyard! They’ll probably want to do it again next year. Sharon

  9. LisaM says:

    My favorite vacation was when my hubby graduated college and his Mom and niece came to visit and we took them to BC and then to the little town my dad grew up in. I am not sure who the biggest kid was that trip. The kids were litte but they had a blast on the ferry, the train and stage. A time for family and fun. That was my favorite vacation.

    • Sharon says:

      Hi Lisa, Your travel mode sounds similar to “planes, trains and automobiles.” What a fun adventure for everyone! Thanks for sharing. Sharon

  10. brittany green says:

    We rent a shore house with my husband family for a week. The girls get to spend a week with some cousins and family and we get to go to the beach and relax before the school year starts. We do crafts, go on the board walk and do rides and go to local attractions like the zoo and pirate adventure.

  11. Denise Royal says:

    Most of my vacations had always been with my family so about 5 years ago I got to go with a bunch of friends river rafting and it was a blast.

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