Plastic Tub Blue Crab Craft

Plastic Tub Blue Crab Craft

I know it has been awhile since I announced the margarine tub craft challenge, but I didn’t forget about it… I actually created this blue crab craft a couple of weeks ago but I haven’t had a lot of time to post.

I made this margarine tub blue crab craft using a couple of my favorite craft supplies — Mod Podge and fabric. One thing I should have done, that I will urge you all to do, is to paint your margarine tubs with a primer first. I actually ended up putting a couple of layers of fabric on it because you couple see the writing so clearly.

I think this little guy (or girl) turned out pretty cute, how about you?

Supplies Needed to Make a Plastic Tub Blue Crab:

  • Margarine Tub (or any bowl)
  • Fabric Scraps
  • Mod Podge
  • 2 Small Wooden Hearts
  • 5 Blue Chenille Stems
  • Hot Glue Sticks or Craft Glue
  • Large Google Eyes

Tools Needed:

  • Scissors
  • Foam Brush
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Utility Knife (optional)

The first thing you need to do is make sure your margarine tub is clean and dry. You want to make sure there is no slick, butter residue on it. Cut your blue fabric into small squares.

Cut fabric squares for blue crab craft

Start attaching the fabric squares to the margarine tub using the Mod Podge. Use the foam brush to spread a generous layer of Mod Podge onto the margarine tub. Work in a little area at a time.

paint some mod podge on the margarine tub

Stick a fabric square on the Mod Podge and spread a thin layer of Mod Podge over the fabric. Lay a second piece on, slightly overlapping the first. I started along the top edge of the margarine tub and made sure I had at least a half inch of fabric hanging over the top. I bent that extra fabric over the edge and attached to the inside of the bowl using Mod Podge.

Stick fabric squares to Mod Podge

Use this technique to completely cover the outside of the margarine tub with fabric.Let the Mod Podge dry completely and then add another thin layer of Mod Podge over the entire bowl. Let it dry.

finish mod podging the margarine tub

You also need to cover the wooden hearts with Mod Podge and fabric. For this, I cut fabric pieces that were only about a half inch square. Let the Mod Podge dry and then brush on a second layer. Let it dry.

mod podge the wood hearts

Now you need to cut your chenille stems. First of all, grab one of the chenille stems and cut it in half. These will each be about 6-inches long. Set this aside to use for the eyes. From the other chenille stems, cut 10 pieces that are each about 4-inches long.

Grab four of the 4-inch chenille stem pieces and bend over about a quarter of an inch on one end. Glue these four, across from each other, just inside the top edge of the bowl.

glue on chenille stem legs

Next, glue on the other six chenille stems the same way. Let the glue set/dry.

glue on the rest of the chenille stems

Flip the bowl over and bend up the chenille stems so they look like legs. Glue the wood hearts onto the end of two of the chenille stems so they can be the crab’s claws. Let the glue dry/set.

glue on the heart claws

Fold the two 6-inch chenille stem pieces in half. Use a utility knife to cut two small slits in the front of the margarine tub, about 3/4 of an inch from the bottom. Stick both ends of the chenille stems into each hole.

put in chenille stem for eyes

Push down the ends of the chenille stems and glue them to the inside (side) of the margarine tub. This should cause the bent end on the chenille stem to stick straight up when you flip it over. If it doesn’t, simply fold the chenille stems how you want them to be. Glue on the wiggle eyes.

glue on the crabs eyes

Your adorable crab is done. You certainly don’t have to stop here. You can make a red crab to go long with your blue one, or you can make a crab in every color of the rainbow.

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3 comments for “Plastic Tub Blue Crab Craft

  1. Jenny
    08/18/2014 at 6:38 pm

    What a cute idea! I would love for you to share a post on my Meet Up Monday Blog Party!

  2. 08/28/2014 at 9:28 am

    Super cute idea! I have a few of those tubs that we can use. Love it!

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