We have a really fun way to turn a handprint into our Handprint Crab Craft! All it needs is just a few folds, add some bendy legs, and you have a crab ready to move across the beach!
This crab craft is really a whole lot of fun. You can customize it for the size of your child’s hand, too. Longer fingers? Bend the two front fingers that hold the eyes backwards, but if they’re smaller fingers you may want to leave them as is. Smaller eyes for smaller fingers, too.
Looking for another crab craft? Be sure to check out our Rock Crabs Craft. And we have lots more ocean craft friends, as well, like our Paper Bag Jellyfish, Cupcake Liner Seahorse, and Paper Loop Pufferfish Craft.
To make our Handprint Crab Craft you will need heavier weight red cardstock, medium or small googly eyes, a black marker, a glue stick, and scissors.
Handprint Crab Craft
- Red cardstock
- Googly eyes, medium or small
- Black marker
- Glue stick
Begin by tracing a child’s handprint.
Cut out the handprint.
Now, fold in the thumb. Glue down. Bend the 4 remaining fingers back like the image above. Then fold the two outside fingers down. And bend the two middle fingers back if needed.
Unfold just enough to draw a simple mouth with the black marker. Fold again.
Adhere googly eyes to the tops of the middle fingers.
Cut a circle from the red cardstock, as well. We used a 2” hole punch for our 11 year old handprint, but smaller handprints may need smaller circles.
Cut the circle in half and form a rounded V shape in each for pincers.
Glue to the tips of the bent down fingers.
Then cut 8 thin strips from the red cardstock, too.
Bend each in an accordion fashion.
And glue 4 on each side of the handprint.
Trim the strips if needed.
What cute, happy crabs!
Like this idea? Let us know! And be sure to check out all of our summer crafts for kids at Our Kid Things!