Under the Sea Graham Crackers

Under the Sea Graham Crackers - easy to make and perfect for an under the sea party! We’re back with another recipe for Under the Sea Week! If you’re getting ready to plan a birthday party, consider doing an under the sea theme – and make sure to invite me, because I love a good themed party :)

On Monday we shared a recipe for Octopus Cupcakes – all you need is vanilla cupcakes, blue buttercream, large marshmallows, orange candy melts and candy eyeballs! Get the recipe for those cute octopodes here. Isn’t is crazy that octopi, octopodes and octopuses are all plural forms of octopus? :)

Today we’re talking under the sea graham crackers, so get some graham crackers and frosting ready, because these are too cute!

Under the Sea Graham Crackers - easy to make and perfect for an under the sea party! I feel like I can’t even call today’s recipe a recipe. Maybe if I made my own homemade graham crackers from scratch it would feel more like a real recipe, but, let’s all be honest.. we’re not going to spend the time making our own graham crackers when we can purchase a box of perfect rectangles for under three bucks.

Also, there is no judgment you if you decide to use store bought blue frosting instead of making your own blue buttercream. If I was prepping other cute treats for an under the sea party, I would definitely save time where I could!

Under the Sea Graham Crackers - easy to make and perfect for an under the sea party! My favorite thing about these under the sea graham crackers is that they are incredibly easy to make. You’ll need graham crackers, graham cracker crumbs, goldfish, blue frosting, white ball sprinkles, red and green long sprinkles (also called jimmies) and red round sprinkles.

When you assemble them, you’ll start in the background, with the blue frosting and work your way to the foreground with all the little sea creatures.

Under the Sea Graham Crackers - easy to make and perfect for an under the sea party!The above photo shows the assembly and we also have step by step directions below.

Want to have even more fun? These ocean crackers would even be the perfect snack for kids to make themselves at an under the sea party!

Under the Sea Graham Crackers - easy to make and perfect for an under the sea party!

Under the Sea Graham Crackers

Total Time: 20 minutes


  • Graham crackers
  • Graham cracker crumbs, in bowl
  • Gold fish crackers
  • White ball sprinkles
  • Green and red long sprinkles, or jimmies
  • Round red sprinkles

Blue buttercream

  • 1 stick of butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
  • 2 to 2 & 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • teal or blue food coloring


Blue Buttercream

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine the room temperature butter and shortening, beat using an electric mixer for 2 minutes, until light and fluffy.
  2. Begin to add in the powdered sugar, about 1 cup at a time. Slowly beat the mixture until the powered sugar is incorporated. Continue this process, adding enough powdered sugar to make sure the frosting isn’t too wet.
  3. Add in your desired blue food coloring, mix by hand until the color is even.

To assemble the under the sea graham crackers

  1. Take one graham cracker and using a spreader or butter knife, spread blue frosting on almost all of the cracker, but leave the very top of the graham cracker frosting free.
  2. Place the bottom of the frosted graham cracker into the bowl with graham cracker crumbs, covering just the bottom of the cracker with crumbs or ‘sand’. You can sprinkle extra crumbs on if needed.
  3. Add two goldfish crackers. Then give each goldfish 2 air bubbles, using the white ball sprinkles.
  4. Optional decorations include seaweed and a crab. To make the seaweed use several long green sprinkles and arrange them to look like seaweed. To make the crab, use one red round sprinkle and several long red sprinkles as legs and arrange them to look like a crab.
Put all of the decorated graham crackers together and you have one super cool edible ocean scene!

Under the Sea Graham Crackers - easy to make and perfect for an under the sea party!

32 Responses to “Under the Sea Graham Crackers”

  1. Kacey @ The Cookie Writer — April 28, 2015 at 9:47 am

    OMG Beth, seriously, these are the cutest crackers ever! I am so glad my daughter is not looking over my shoulder right now or she would be all over me to make these! Ahhh!!

    • Beth @ The First Year — April 28, 2015 at 6:34 pm

      You’ll have to surprise her with them!!

  2. Christie — April 28, 2015 at 10:06 am

    These are absolutely amazing Beth! They would be fantastic for a birthday or school party.

    • Beth @ The First Year — April 28, 2015 at 6:35 pm

      I totally agree! Thanks Christie!

  3. Julianne @ Beyond Frosting — April 28, 2015 at 11:00 am

    These are beyond cute!! I love your under the sea theme!

    • Beth @ The First Year — April 28, 2015 at 6:35 pm

      I must be a kid at heart :) :)

  4. Cynthia/What A Girl Eats — April 28, 2015 at 1:39 pm

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen a cuter idea! This would be so fun for a birthday party! Genius!

    • Beth @ The First Year — April 28, 2015 at 6:35 pm

      Thank you Cynthia!

  5. Chloe Crabtree — April 28, 2015 at 2:05 pm

    I follow you over on G+ and saw these delightful little treats! How fun would these be for a summer pool party? I am pinning and sharing these! So fun! Hugs! Chloe

    • Beth @ The First Year — April 28, 2015 at 6:36 pm

      Thanks for sharing these Chloe, I really appreciate it!

  6. Joanie @ ZagLeft — April 28, 2015 at 5:53 pm

    These are the cutest!! I’m forwarding this recipe on to all my preschool teacher friends. Adorable!

    • Beth @ The First Year — April 28, 2015 at 6:37 pm

      :) :) Thank you Joanie!

  7. Kelley — April 28, 2015 at 7:14 pm

    Literally the cutest thing ever! I love a good themed party too!

    • Beth @ The First Year — April 29, 2015 at 7:25 am

      Thank you Kelley!

  8. Maegan @thebakermama — April 28, 2015 at 7:31 pm

    Super cute! My boys are looking at these with me right now and begging me to make them with them. So fun! Can’t wait!

    • Beth @ The First Year — April 29, 2015 at 7:24 am

      I bet your boys could make a whole ocean scene masterpiece!!

  9. Catherine — April 29, 2015 at 12:08 am

    Dear Beth, I just love this idea…you are so creative. Kids would love this…adults too! I can’t wait to see what else you have up your sleeve with this week’s theme. xo, Catherine

    • Beth @ The First Year — April 29, 2015 at 7:23 am

      We have one more cute idea coming!

  10. Jessica @ Sweetest Menu — April 29, 2015 at 12:36 am

    Tee-hee cutest treat ever! And those gold fish – man I wish we had those in Australia! Seriously cool idea.

    • Beth @ The First Year — April 29, 2015 at 7:25 am

      Goldfish are the best ever! Can you order them from Amazon!? :)

  11. Party or not, I would devour these! I always use to eat icing and graham crackers as a kid over at my Nana’s while we made her sugar cookies! It was a snack before the cookies :)

    • Beth @ The First Year — April 29, 2015 at 7:22 am

      Aww, that’s such a sweet memory! I remember spreading chocolate frosting on graham crackers when I was little!

  12. Amy @ A Healthy Life For Me — April 30, 2015 at 3:01 am

    So cute and creative!

  13. Breanna — June 2, 2015 at 9:19 pm

    Omg the are the most cutest treat ever!! Im so trying making this for my son. He is going to go crazy over the Goldfish. =-]

    • Beth @ The First Year — June 3, 2015 at 7:33 am

      I bet he’ll love them!

  14. Aliza @ Home Crafts by Ali — July 20, 2015 at 10:28 am

    I love these cute graham crackers.  My 7 year old loves anything to do with the ocean and will love making these.

    I included these in a roundup of fun food for kids on my blog last week, with a link back to your post.  From the comments I have gotten, everyone loves this idea!  Hope some of my readers find their way over to  your blog to see all of your yummy recipes!

    • Beth @ The First Year — July 21, 2015 at 6:39 am

      Thanks Aliza, I hope everything enjoys this edible craft :)

  15. Emily — March 3, 2016 at 12:37 pm

    These are so cute! My son would love them! 

  16. Crearegiocandoblog — April 2, 2016 at 6:05 pm


  17. Jeri — May 12, 2016 at 12:48 pm

    These are too cute…and perfect for my Under the Sea storytime session! Thanks for sharing!

  18. Kellie — June 1, 2016 at 7:22 pm

    So excited to make these to bring to daycare for birthday treats- should I wait to make them in the morning or will they be fine to sit overnight?

  19. Amar — June 22, 2016 at 7:40 pm

    looks great! How many crackers does this recipe account for?

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