Crafty Ghost Crabs

Crafty Ghost Crabs
Crafty Ghost Crabs

Make these fun little ghost crabs with plastic Pringles lids.

Ghost crabs can be found on warm beaches near the water’s edge. They like to burrow into the sand during the day and scurry out at night to look for food. Follow the directions below to make these adorable ghost crabs.

Supplies you will need for one yellow ghost crab (Ghost crabs are usually light tan or yellow, but you can use any color that you enjoy):

1 Plastic Pringles lid

2 Yellow wiggle eyes

3 Yellow pipe cleaners

Yellow construction paper

Ghost Crab Supplies
Ghost Crab Supplies






First, use the plastic Pringles lid to trace and cut out a circle from the yellow construction paper. Then, use the pencil to mark dots where the eyes and legs will be. There should be two dots at the top for the eyes and three dots on each side for the legs.

Next, insert the circle into the lid and use the dots as a guide to punch out holes with the hole-punch. Then remove the circle from inside the lid and place on top. This will become the top of the crab.

Next, cut a pipe cleaner in half and set aside. These will be the crab’s pincers.

Next, cut another pipe cleaner in half, and then cut each in half again so that you have four pieces. These will be the hind legs of the crab.

Next, cut a 3-inch length from the final pipe cleaner and bend over each end. This will be for the eyestalks of the crab.

Next, thread each pipe cleaner through the appropriate holes and twist into place. You can use the photo as a guide or watch the YouTube video below.

Finally, glue the wiggle eyes to the end of each eyestalk.

I hope you enjoy making these adorable Ghost Crabs with your kids!

Tools I Use

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