If you enjoy Finny the Shark, then you know Chloe the Crab. This craft makes a super cute activity when learning about the ocean and underwater themes in the classroom. Plus, it makes amazing DIY decor for a Finny the Shark-themed birthday party!
Things you’ll need
- 10 red pipe cleaners
- 2 paper bowls
- 4 foam balls
- Craft paint
- Paint brush
- Pen knife
- Hot glue
- Red marker
Paint the underside of one bowl red and the other orange. Set them aside to dry.
Once dry, paint the inner rims of the bowls. Set them aside to dry one more time.
To make Chloe’s legs, fold a red pipe cleaner in half.
Fold the pipe cleaner in half again, making sure to leave about half an inch at the end.
Twist the folded sections at either end to help hold it together.
Bend the tip. The leg section should resemble a banana-like shape. Continue to make seven more legs.
With the tip of a sharp pencil, pierce four holes on either side of the bottom of the orange bowl.
Insert the pipe cleaner tip of the legs through the holes. From the inside of the bowl, bend the tips. Repeat for the other legs.
Pierce the end of a pipe cleaner into the foam ball. Wrap the pipe cleaner around the ball.
Insert the end of the pipe cleaner through the end that is pierced in the ball, then pull to tighten. Fold and twist the remaining end.
Paint the pupil black with craft paint. Dip the eraser-end of a pencil into white craft paint to make a sparkle in Chloe’s eyes.
To make Chloe’s eyelashes, snip some small pieces of black pipe cleaner and poke them into the styrofoam ball. She has three eyelashes on each eye.
To make Chloe’s pincers, use a craft knife and cut a wedge out of a foam ball. Next, pierce the end of a foam ball with a pipe cleaner. Fold in half and twist together. Give the ball a couple of coats of red paint.
Now it’s time to assemble! We use our sharp pencil to pierce holes as needed. Make two holes on the top of the red bowl. Feed the two eyes through the holes and twist the extra pipe cleaners together on the inside of the bowl. Add a dab of hot glue to each pipe cleaner as you go, for extra security. Pierce holes in the bottom bowl for Chloe’s legs and two holes on the side for her claws. Secure with hot glue.
Glue the two bowls together. Use a red marker to draw a smiling mouth and red spots on the crab shell.
Now you can play under the sea with Chloe!
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