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Sea anemones are the flowers of the sea. They are related to sea jellies, corals and many other cousins that have polyps with stinging cells. Anemones may live alone or in colonies. They have many colours. They feed by extending their tentacles into the water hoping to catch tiny animals passing by.

Many anemones in cooler southern (or northern) waters are harmless to people although when touched they feel sticky and cling to your finger.


Anemones #1


The anemones that were made are a stylised version using a round plastic bowl and the bottoms of PET drink bottles. You will see these on the next pages

What you need:

Round plastic soup/cereal/disposable bowl (alternatively you can use a paper bowl)

Plastic PET drink bottles
Paper (white)
Parchment paper (used in the kitchen for baking)
Iron & surface suitable to iron on
Pencils or pens
Craft glue
Acrylic paint


An adult should use the iron


Anemones #2


What to do:

  •  To change the way the tentacles look you can use acrylic paint to make them look more like Cut strips from the outside to the inner edge of the inside of the  bowl (you may like to make some curvy by repeatedly scrunching them up to add interest to the shape
  • Cut the bottoms off of a larger and smaller PET drink bottle
  • Put one of the PET bottoms (curved side down) on top of a piece of parchment paper on a soft safe ironing surface
  • Place a second piece of parchment paper over the top of the PET bottom
  • Keeping your hands well away from the iron, gently press the hot iron onto the parchment paper and swirl around gently, pulling the parchment paper off to check often to see that the sides have softened and bent downwards. (Be sure to replace the parchment paper back on top if you need to do more heating)
  • Let cool for a minute or two and repeat with the second PET bottom
  • If your PET drink bottles have a colour you might like to cut rings and soften the edges in the same way as you did with the bottoms  (See inner ring that is green in illustrationreal tentacles 

Link to more about red Waratah anemones:


Jack's alternative anemone


Jack emailed to KISS Art his alternative anemone. After finishing with a paper disposable cup he used a pair of scissors to make his anemone. He cut down the sides of the cup to make tentacles.

Thanks Jack, we do like your anemone and it would look great in an art coral reef.

Do you have a great art idea to add to a coral reef? Send in your example so we can post it. 


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