Joyous jellyfish costume

Take the sting out of fancy dress with this simple costume idea

Joyous jellyfish costume
by Natalie Keeler

For dress-up days without the drama, this jellyfish costume is super simple to make, and is sure to be the talk of the town once you're done!

Bookmark this inventive costume if your child wants to dress up as something a bit more unique (or, terrifyingly, they insist on you making them a costume from scratch). It's perfect if you're on the last minute, too, as it uses simple materials that you should be able to get hold of easily.

You will need

  • Clear or white umbrella
  • Battery-powered fairy lights
  • White tissue paper
  • White card
  • Black card
  • Scissors
  • Tape

What to do

Step 1

Snip a few bits of tape and secure the fairy lights in a spiral inside the umbrella. It’s easiest to start at the top and work your way down. Tape the battery pack last at the base of the umbrella.

Step 2

To make the eyes, draw two circles on the white card, approx 12cm diameter (we drew around a kids’ bowl). Draw two smaller circles on the black card, approx 6cm diameter (we drew around a cup). Glue them together and glue them onto the umbrella.

Step 3

Cut strips from the tissue paper approx 3cm wide (it’s quicker if you fold it so you can cut a few at once.) Keep them about a metre long – you can trim them once your child is holding the costume if they trail on the floor.

Step 4

Turn the lights on and your light-up jellyfish costume is complete!

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Sensory Play

Learning guide

Getting your little one to help with the cutting and sticking will help develop their fine motor skills. They'll love all the different elements of this costume, from the floaty tentacles to the light-up body. Ask them if they can move like a jellyfish, then look up some cool facts about jellyfish together. Do you know why they're see-through? What are their tentacles for?