How to Make a Fish Out of Paper

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How to Make a Fish Out of Paper
Make a fish out of paper for an enjoyable kids' craft. (fish image by pearlguy from

Enhance an ocean unit for students or have some rainy-day fun with kids at home with a fish art project based on card stock fish shapes. Make your fish as colourful as possible by decorating them with bright tissue paper. Aluminium foil will add some shimmer to your fishy creations. The finished results will be beautiful and eye-catching. Hang the fish from the ceiling with lengths of string for a suitable display.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Card stock paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Markers
  • Newspaper
  • Stapler
  • Tissue paper
  • Aluminium foil
  • White glue
  • Hole punch
  • String

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  1. 1

    Draw the outline of a fish onto a piece of card stock paper. A typical fish shape has an oval body, a triangular fin on the top and a triangular tail on one end of the oval. Make the fish's mouth by drawing a notch on the other end of the oval.

  2. 2

    Stack two pieces of card stock paper. Cut out the fish shape on both pieces of paper at once so you have two identical card stock fish shapes.

  3. 3

    Draw details onto the fish shapes, including eyes, fins and gills, with markers. Make the same details on both fish shapes.

  4. 4

    Place the fish shapes together so the edges match up. Staple the shapes together around the head, the underside of the fish and the tail. Leave the top of the fish open.

  5. 5

    Tear a sheet of newspaper into three or four pieces and crumple each piece into a small wad. Stuff the fish with the crumpled paper. When the fish is as plump as you wish, staple the top edge of the fish closed.

  6. 6

    Cut 1-inch squares of tissue paper in various colours and aluminium foil.

  7. 7

    Crumple each tissue paper piece or aluminium foil piece into a loose wad and glue it to the side of the fish. Add wads of tissue paper and aluminium foil until you have covered both sides of the fish. Allow the glue to dry completely.

  8. 8

    Punch a hole in the top of the stuffed fish and attach a length of string through the hole to hang the fish.

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