Kid’s Craft Idea: How to make a circus seal

Summer can be a three-ring circus, or that’s how it feels around here some days. To help you keep all those balls in the air, I will have a new craft idea for kids everyday this week. I thought I’d start with this adorable Circus Seal. We try to visit the zoo every summer, and the seals are one of our favorite exhibits. This tutorial is one you might also want to file away for the school year — it might come in handy should you need a DIY for a unit on marine mammals.

Such a cute idea for a kid's craft!

Kids can handle a lot of this project on their own, but they may need some assistance with cutting and assembling.

To make a Circus Seal, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
    • One each 5” and 4” eggs
    • One each 4” and 1” balls
    • ½” thick sheet, about 6” x 8” (or you can substitute a black foamie)
  • Acrylic craft paint: Black, yellow, red, and green
  • Wiggle eyes, two 18mm
  • Chenille stem in black
  • Thick white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; plastic knife; toothpicks; stiff paintbrush

To make a Circus Seal:

  1. Cut a small slice from the wide end of the 4” egg, and cut a small slice at an angle from the wide end of the 5” egg. (Please carefully supervise your child while they cut the foam with the plastic knife.)
  2. Rub the two cut ends together, creating a snug fit between the pieces. Place a dab of glue on the end of a toothpick and insert it into the flat end of the 5” egg. Pick and glue the 4” egg onto the 5” egg, creating the seal body.
  3. Nose: Pick and glue the 1” ball onto the narrow end of the 4” egg.
  4. Fin and tail: Following the patterns, cut the fin and tail from the ½” foam sheet or black foamie. Pick and glue the fins and tail onto the 5” egg, referring to the photo for placement. (If using a foamie sheet, use glue and no toothpicks.)
  5. Paint the seal black and let dry.
  6. Insert a toothpick into the 4” ball to use as a handle while painting. Paint the 4” ball in red, green and yellow to look like a beach ball. Let paint dry.
  7. Pick and glue the ball onto the seal’s nose.
  8. Glue on wiggle eyes.
  9. Cut the chenille stem into eight, 1” lengths, and insert four pieces above each eye.
Such a cute idea for a kid's craft!

This seal is both a summer fun craft, and it’s suitable for a school unit on marine mammals.

Isn’t he cute as can be? I’ll see you tomorrow with a new tutorial.

Happy crafting.


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4 Responses to Kid’s Craft Idea: How to make a circus seal

  1. OMG!! This is so sweet!! I am building a miniature circus and think I might just attempt to make some of these adorable seals on a smaller scale to add to the circus!! Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Sharon says:

      That’s an ambitious project, and a lot of fun, too. Have you been to the Shelburne Museum in your state, Barb? I understand that they have a wonderful circus exhibit. I hope you’ll share a photo of your circus when you’re finished. I’d love to see it! Sharon

  2. LisaM6 says:

    He is adorable. What a fun cneter piece he would make.

    • Sharon says:

      Thanks for the suggestion — you are so right. He would be cute for kid’s party or baby shower centerpiece. Love the idea. Sharon

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