Tippytoe Crafts: Eric Carle: A House For Hermit Crab Cut part of a paper plate off where the crab would go draw a swirl to make it look like a shell. Paint plate with watercolors. Crab is a handprint with red or pink paint, small pieces of pipe cleaners for the eye stalks attached to the handprints with masking tape wiggle eyes attached to the eye stalks with glue dots. Draw underwater scene on light blue paper using oil pastels. Glue hermit crab to the underwater scene.