How to Make a Fish Out of a Plastic Bottle

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How to Make a Fish Out of a Plastic Bottle
Old soda pop bottles work well for this project. (water bottle image by Radu Razvan from Fotolia.com)

Instead of throwing away an old soda pop or water bottle, make a fish out of it. Make this craft with kids of almost any age. As long as they can use a paintbrush, they can make fish from bottles. Because you only use a thin layer of paint, light will show through the colours. Set the fish on a windowsill for a flashy decoration. Any size plastic bottle works for this project.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Empty, clean water bottle
  • Acrylic, poster or tempura paints
  • Paper plates
  • Paint brushes
  • Water
  • Paper towels
  • Decorative foil
  • Scissors

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Remove the label from the water bottle.

  2. 2

    Pour quarter-sized drops of paint onto a paper plate.

  3. 3

    Dip the paint brush into the paint. Paint the water bottle with the paint brush. Paint curved lines for fins and a mouth around the cap. Add designs like strips or polka dots. Use a clean brush or wash the brush each time you switch colours. Use water and paper towels to wash and dry the brush. Do not use heavy globs of paint.

    How to Make a Fish Out of a Plastic Bottle
    Fish come in many colours and styles. (Tropical fish image by Buchan from Fotolia.com)
  4. 4

    Set the water bottle aside to dry. Set it upright, if desired.

  5. 5

    Apply a thin layer of glue to the back of a googly eye. Press the googly eye on the water bottle around the end by the cap. Hold in place for about 20 seconds to allow the glue to set. Place another googly eye opposite of that one. Hold it in place for about 20 seconds.

    How to Make a Fish Out of a Plastic Bottle
    Fish have large, round eyes, like googly eyes. (fish head image by Undy from Fotolia.com)
  6. 6

    Cut a fin shape out of decorative foil. Glue the fin to the bottle. Add one fin on each side and one on top, if desired. If you want it to look 3D, apply glue to the bottom edge of the fin.

    How to Make a Fish Out of a Plastic Bottle
    The tail fin on this fish is flat with a round back. Use that shape for your fin. (fish image by cherie from Fotolia.com)

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