How to Make a Coral Sea Fan

Written by david shaw | 13/05/2017
How to Make a Coral Sea Fan
Make sea fans to tie into lessons about the ocean. (gorgonia gialla image by Fragarbo65 from

Sea fans, similar to coral, are often found in salt water habitats. You can make your own 3D sea fan from items you may already have in your home. Things like the vented plastic panel from a flyswatter and pipe cleaners can be used to create a sea fan. Sea fans make great school projects, and are useful in dioramas of underwater scenes.

Cut the shape of your sea fan from the plastic panel of a new flyswatter. Research pictures of sea fans to inspire your own unique sea fan design.

Lay out several sheets of newspaper on a table to prevent paint from getting on anything other than your project. Set the plastic cutout on the newspaper and paint your sea fan with a paint brush. Sea fans often display fluorescent colours, so you can get creative. Allow the paint to dry.

Cut the pipe cleaner to the desired size for the branches using scissors. Spread a strip of glue along the pipe cleaner and apply it to the plastic sea fan. Apply pressure to ensure the pipe cleaner sticks to the plastic canvas.

Things you need

  • New flyswatter
  • Scissors
  • Newspaper
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Pipe cleaner
  • Glue

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