This was our first time trying out this styrofoam crab craft and we are thrilled with how it turned out!  It's such a fun summer craft to make with your kids and makes a great decoration for a summer party.  This craft has lots of steps that require bending and cutting and waiting for paint to dry so we consider this an older child's craft.  Enjoy!

What you'll need:

  • 5 inch styrofoam ball
  • 2, 1 inch styrofoam balls
  • 2 googly eyes
  • 3 red pipe cleaners
  • 1 black pipe cleaner
  • 2 tooth picks
  • Red paint
  • Foam paint brush
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Serrated knife (adults only!)
How to make your Styrofoam Crab Craft
  • Use the serrated knife and slice the styrofoam ball in half.  This is harder than it sounds so it's the perfect job for an adult - please use caution!  You'll only need one half for this project.
  • Paint half the styrofoam ball red.
  • Glue a googly eye onto each of the small styrofoam balls.
  • When the paint is dry, insert two toothpicks into the top of the styrofoam so that there is only a half an inch left sticking out.  Push small styrofoam balls (the eyes) onto the toothpicks.
  • Cut two of the pipe cleaners in half.  Bend the halves in half.  Insert two of the bent pipe cleaners into each side of the body as legs.
  • Cut the last pipe cleaner in quarters.  Bend two of the quarters into a "v" shape.  Use the two remaining quarters and wrap a small part of each one around the bottom of each "v" to create the crab's pinchers.  Insert the two pinchers on the front of the crab's body. 
  • Cut the black pipe cleaner into thirds.  Use one of the pieces and bend it into a "u" shape.  Bend just the very tops of the "u" back and use these to insert the piece into the body of the crab as his smile. 
kids crab craft