How to Make Whale Crafts Out of Paper

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My family is pretty obsessed with Hawaii! We love the beaches, the culture, the attractions, and all the things that live there!

Winter is when people can go whale watching in Hawaii. That’s when the whale migration takes place.

Since we can’t be in Hawaii this winter, I thought we’d bring a little Hawaii home with this super cute whale craft for kids.

All you need is some colorful paper, a sharpie, a pencil, a glue stick, and scissors. It’s just 5 steps and the final result is pretty adorable.

Keep scrolling to find out how to make a whale out of paper! Plus, get my free whale template!

Paper Whale Craft Tutorial

Materials

These are the craft supplies you'll need to make a whale out of paper. Image of scissors, glue stick, sharpie, pencil, and colorful papers.

How to Make a Whale Paper Craft

STEP 1:

Print the whale template and select blue, brown (or pink) and 2 different shades of grey colored craft papers.

Trace the water splash pattern on the blue paper, the lens-like pattern (bottom side of the whale) on the brown (or pink) paper.

Trace the body base on any one of the grey colored paper and the fin pattern on the other grey paper. Cut out the traced patterns nicely.  

Learn how to make a whale craft for kids. Image of a whale body cut out of paper.

STEP 2:

Stick the lens-like pattern along the bottom side of the whale body base to create the belly.

Step two of this whale craft tutorial. Image of a whale paper craft partially assembled.

STEP 3:

Attach the fin pattern over the bottom part of the paper whale. You can either glue it completely down or let it stick out a bit for a 3D effect.

Start gluing the paper in this whale kids craft. Image of a paper whale partially assembled.

STEP 4:

Attach the water splash pattern on the top side of the head part of the paper whale. 

Attach the water spray to the top of this whale craft for kids. Image of a whale paper craft missing the face.

STEP 5:

Use a black sharpie to draw the eyes, mouth and other details of the paper whale to complete the craft. 

Final step of the whale craft is to use a sharpie to draw on face and fins.

And that’s it! Such a simple craft for kids to make. Play around with different color combinations just for fun.

Add a craft stick to turn it into a puppet or glue it on a gift bag as decoration for an Under the Sea party!

Now you know how to make whale crafts! Image of two paper whales on blue paper.

Looking for more Hawaii craft ideas? Learn how to make an origami shark, a paper lei, paper palm tree, paper plumeria flower, and pineapple centerpieces!

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How to Make Whale Crafts Out of Paper

Now you know how to make whale crafts! Image of two paper whales on blue paper.

Learn how to make whale crafts using colored paper, a sharpie and clue. Super cute classroom activity or to do at home with kids.

Active Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $2

Materials

  • Colored craft papers
  • Craft glue
  • Sharpie

Tools

  • Pencil
  • Scissors

Instructions

  1. Print out the whale template and select blue, brown (or pink) and 2 different shades of grey colored craft papers. Trace the water splash pattern on the blue paper, the lens-like pattern (bottom side of the whale) on the brown (or pink) paper. Trace the body base on any one of the grey colored paper and the fin pattern on the other grey paper. Cut out the traced patterns nicely.  
  2. Stick the lens-like pattern along the bottom side of the whale body base.
  3. Attach the fin pattern over the bottom part of the paper whale.
  4. Attach the water splash pattern on the top side of the head part of the paper whale. 
  5. Use a black sharpie to draw the eyes, mouth and other details of the paper whale to complete the craft. 

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