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DIY Paper Lantern Jellyfish

Photograph by Elba Valverde

I remember the day I visited an aquarium for the very first time. I was amazed by the colors and textures of the marine animals—especially the jellyfish. These guys are some of the coolest creatures of the sea world! They have mesmerizing tentacles and the most beautiful iridescent colors.

When my baby turned 5 months old, he started paying attention to colors and anything moving around him. I decided it was time to take him on his first trip to our local aquarium. I can't wait to show him these amazing creatures; I'm sure he will be delighted to see them swimming gracefully behind the glass.

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But looking at them through the glass just doesn't seem like enough. So, of course, I made two fun floating jellyfish out of paper lanterns and ribbon to hang in his nursery. The second he saw them he was mesmerized and wanted to touch them. They were most definitely a success. And when he starts talking, we can practice the different names for jellyfish in Spanish!

These floating jellyfish are a great to decorate a kid's room with an ocean theme, or even a playroom or birthday party! A couple of these hanging from a tree would lend a truly amazing, detailed touch to your decorations.

Note: If you do use these as a nursery decoration, you should hang them in an area away from the crib where a child can't reach and pull them down.

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DIY: Floating Jellyfish Paper Lanterns


  • 10-inch paper lanterns

  • 1 1/2-inch width fabric ribbon

  • 3/8-inch width fabric ribbon

  • 5/8-inch width transparent fabric ribbon

  • 3/16-inch width curling ribbon in 2 or 3 different colors; 1 should be irridescent

  • White thread or fishing line for hanging

  • Glue gun

  • Scissors


  1. Start by folding the wire structure that will open your paper lantern so when you build it, it would look more like an oval than a circle.

  2. Glue the 1 1/2-inch fabric ribbon around the lantern. I folded the ribbon a few times to give it an undulating effect.

  3. For the tentacles, cut a few strings of ribbon approximately 35 inches long. Use semi-transparent ribbon and two or three different shades of color to give them an iridescent effect.

  4. Glue the tentacles all around the jellyfish.

Hang them on the wall or ceiling using white thread or clear fishing line.

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Photograph by Elba Valverde
Photograph by Elba Valverde
Photograph by Elba Valverde

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