Welcome to another Wacky Workshops project – colourful sea creatures to celebrate oceans day.

Last week’s project, How to Create and Educate for World Oceans Day showed you how to make a shimmering seahorse, crazy crab, cute clams and collages.

This week we have a cuddly octopus, foil fish, CD fish, CD crab and a smiling shark.

Sharks get a bad rap. I admit I’m absolutely terrified at the prospect of coming across one in the ocean, so am careful to swim between flags at patrolled beaches and avoid the danger times of dusk and dawn while swimming.

The project this week is a friendly, smiling shark.





  • Grey cardboard
  • Black cardboard
  • White paper
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • White pencil


  • Cut two large oval shapes out of the grey cardboard.
  • Cut one of these in half.
  • Next, cut a slightly smaller oval out of the white paper.
  • Cut an oval out of the black cardboard that is slightly smaller than the white oval.


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Cut oval shapes out of the cardboard and paper



  • Glue the top half of the white oval onto the half oval from the grey cardboard.
  • Glue the bottom half of the white oval to the bottom half of the full grey oval.


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You should have a 3D version of the shark’s face.



  • Glue the black cardboard oval onto the white paper oval.
  • This is the shark’s mouth. Use the white pencil to draw teeth all around the black oval.


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Draw the shark’s teeth with a white pencil.



  • Cut a thin triangle shape from the grey cardboard and glue behind the top of the grey oval for the shark’s fin.
  • Cut two small circles from the white paper and two smaller circles from the black cardboard
  • Glue the black circles to the white circles and glue them onto the face, above the open mouth, on the grey cardboard for eyes.





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  • Old CD
  • Colourful paper or you could use paint or markers to colour white paper.
  • Sparkly sequins/shapes
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Start by cutting some simple fin shapes from the paper. Colour them if your paper is white.
  • Cut out some lip shapes from the paper and glue them to the CD.
  • Glue the fins in place (see picture).
  • Cover the CD in glue and cover with sparkly shapes to represent fins.




  • Old CD
  • Paper – if using the white paper you can colour it orange with markers or paints.
  • 9 pipe cleaners
  • 2 small foam balls
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Black marker


  • Fold your paper in half and use the CD to trace a circle.
  • Cut out the circle with the paper still folded – you should have two paper circles.
  • Glue one circle onto the CD.
  • Turn the CD over and glue three pipe cleaners on each side of the CD, opposite each other – bend then at the centre to form the legs.
  • Cut another pipe cleaner in half, fold each half in half and glue one below each set of pipe cleaner legs previously attached – these are the back legs.
  • Make a large loop in the remaining two pipe cleaners and glue each one above the set of legs – these are the front claws.
  • Glue the second paper circle onto the CD, over the pipe cleaners.
  • Use a marker to make small solid circles on each foam ball for the eyes and glue into place.




  • Cardboard
  • Pencil
  • Foil
  • Sparkly shapes
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Draw a basic fish shape on the cardboard.
  • Cut the fish shape out
  • Cover with foil.
  • Cover with glue and sparkly shapes.


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Make a pretty sea scene by glueing your creatures onto cardboard


Why not paint a large piece of cardboard with blue and green paint – you can even add some blue and green sequins to represent bubbles – and glue your fish and crab onto it for a wonderful sea scene?


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You probably don’t think of cuddles when you think of an octopus, but we’re making our own so it can be cuddly, and just think of all those arms – perfect for hugs.


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A cuddly octopus


  • Wool
  • Cardboard or small book
  • Colourful ribbon
  • Googly eye


  • Wrap the wool around the cardboard until you are happy with the thickness and tie off.


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Wrap the wool around a book or cardboard


  • Cut a short length of wool and slip one end between the cardboard and the wrapped wool and tie to the other end.
  • Remove the cardboard.
  • Gather the wool together and tie another short length of wool about a quarter of the way from the top, to form the head.
  • Cut through the wool loop at the other end.



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Cut through the loop at the bottom of the wool octopus


  • Divide the wool under the head into eight equal parts to make the legs.
  • Use short pieces of the colourful ribbon to tie around the bottom of each leg.
  • Tie a ribbon around the neck
  • Glue on the googly eye.


I hope you enjoyed these crafts. Be sure to share if you did.

Did you know less than ten per cent of the ocean has been explored by humans?

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Happy crafting and have a gleeful week.





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