How To Draw Kelp: Step 9

How to Draw Kelp

Kids will love learning how to draw kelp with 9 simple steps.

Included are 9 easy steps to follow, children will enjoy drawing their own kelp on paper. Also included is a printable version of this kelp drawing tutorial.

Ideal for art teachers and homeschoolers looking to instruct kids how to draw a kelp.

Get a thrill out of learning how to draw kelp. Go beyond the lesson…don’t forget to add some personal details. Remember there is a PDF guide at the end of the lesson.


  • Pencil
  • Drawing Paper
  • Crayons or Colored Pencils
  • Black Marker (optional)
  • How to Draw Kelp Printable PDF (see bottom of lesson)
How To Draw Kelp: All Steps

In today’s lesson, we will learn how to draw kelp on paper. The shape and proportion of each part will be highlighted in each step of the how-to article here. Take notice that the blue pencil lines are used to show the current elements being drawn in each step.

Time Needed: 30 minutes

  1. Draw The Stipe

    How To Draw Kelp: Step 1

    Draw the kelp’s stipe by creating a long thin wavy shape.

  2. Attach The Gas Bladder

    How To Draw Kelp: Step 2

    Attach the kelp’s gas bladder by drawing elongated curved lines connected to the stipe.

  3. Outline The Central Rib

    How To Draw Kelp: Step 3

    Outline the central rib of the kelp’s blades by making wavy lines attached to the gas bladder.

  4. Form The Blades

    How To Draw Kelp: Step 4

    Using the central rib as our reference, draw wavy lines as shown to form the shape of the blade.

  5. Add More Kelp

    How To Draw Kelp: Step 5

    Let’s add more kelp to our drawing! First, draw long thin wavy shapes like in the first step.

  6. Draw The Central Rib

    How To Draw Kelp: Step 6

    Now, let’s draw the central rib of each blade by making wavy lines attached to the stipe.

  7. Next Form The Blades

    How To Draw Kelp: Step 7

    Next, form the kelp’s blades by drawing wavy lines touching the ends of the central rib.

  8. Draw The Seafloor

    How To Draw Kelp: Step 8

    Draw the seafloor by creating a horizontal line. Don’t forget to draw a very short horizontal line at the bottom of the middle kelp’s stipe.

  9. Complete The Kelp Drawing

    How To Draw Kelp: Step 9

    Finally, let’s add some color to our kelp drawing! Grab a light green crayon and shade the stipe and blades of the kelp in the middle. Next, using a yellow green crayon, fill in the kelp’s gas bladder. Now, use a darker shade of green to color the kelp on both sides and add some depth to the drawing. Then, let’s color the seafloor with a light brown crayon and the body of water with different shades of blue.

How to Draw Kelp PDF Download

Click the link below to view or download this drawing lesson. The PDF is a printable drawing lesson for How to Draw Kelp. The last page of the downloadable PDF includes a coloring book page with just the outlines and an extension exercise for prompting kids to get creative!

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