This delightful Easy Woven Crab Craft is perfect for little hands. The weaving process is great for building on fine motor skills and the results are rather pretty too!
A tactile craft that can be personalised and adapted to suit varying abilities. Very young children may prefer to simply cut and stick paper scales onto their crab. Some could also paint their crabs as we have done so with a previous butterfly craft, which looks great against the paper weave and could add another dynamic to the crab.
Our Easy Woven Crab craft forms part of a growing series of weaving projects on Arty Crafty Kids and if you’re keen to remain within the under the sea theme, you may also like to take a look at our Woven Rainbow Fish and gorgeous Angel Fish!
Easy Woven Crab Craft: Materials
White Cardstock and a Colour of your Arty Crafty Kids Choice
Patterned or/and Coloured Paper
Blue & White Paint
Black Marker Pen
Scissors or Paper Cutter
Download the Template (found towards the end of this post)
Easy Woven Crab Craft: Tutorial
Step 1: Using one large piece of bubble wrap (cut to the size of the a4 White Cardstock), paint the bubble surface with blue and white paint.
There are two approaches to painting bubble wrap; each technique producing slightly different results…
Spreading the paint freely across the surface, filling the gaps between the bubbles will produce a slightly uneven print. The circles are likely to be smudged and less defined.
Painting each individual bubble will create a clearer print, however, you will have to be quick otherwise the paint will dry!
When Arty Crafty Kids are using a large bubble wrap surface area, I would recommend using the first method. When a smaller piece is involved, try the second.
Step 2: Turn the bubble wrap over onto the surface of the White Cardstock.
Press the bubble wrap down firmly and gently peel it away from the cardstock to reveal the print.
Step 3: Download the crab template (found towards the end of this post) and print.
Step 4: Cut out the crab template and trace the shape onto a coloured piece of cardstock.
Cut out two white circles and two smaller black circles – these will become the eyes!
Step 5: Fold the crab in half and cut slits into the middle of crab.
Leave at least half an inch all the way around to avoid tearing the crab base shape.
Step 6: Cut strips of coloured or patterned paper (ideally a different colour from the crab base shape).
Weave the coloured paper in and out of the crab until the body is filled.
Step 7: Secure the paper with glue and trim off the excess.
Step 8: Glue the eye element together and then glue them onto the crab.
Step 9: Complete the crab with a cute smiley face!
Easy Woven Crab Craft: Download the Template
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