How to make fish tessellations

Updated April 17, 2017

A tessellation is a repeating motif that is used in puzzles, tile and artistic works. A tessellation stands out from other patterns because it features a single shape or collection of different shapes that can completely cover an area with no overlaps or gaps. You can make your own fish tessellation using a simple square of card stock, cutting out pieces to design and create your own fish template. Use the template to draw repeating fish shapes on a piece of paper or canvas.

Cut out a square piece of card stock that is at least 3 inches by 3 inches, using a ruler to measure the square and scissors to cut the card stock.

Measure and mark the halfway point of each side of the square. Use the markings to draw a cross through the square, marking the centre point.

Cut out a curve extending from the midway point of the top side of the square to the midway point of the right side of the square. Save the cut-out piece.

Cut out a curve from the midway point of the bottom side of the square to the midway point of the right side of the square. The tile is beginning to take its shape: the pointed right side of the tile is the nose of the fish.

Position both cut-out curves to the back of the square so they are extending from the square and creating a finlike shape. Tape them to the back of the square.

Cut out a triangle form the bottom of the square. Tape the triangle onto the top of the fish to create an upper fin.

Place the tile on a piece of drawing paper. Completely trace around the fish tile. Slide the tile over to the right, so that it is interlocking with the traced fish. Trace a second copy of the fish tile. Continue to trace the fish until you reach the edge of the paper. Always make sure that the fish pattern is interlocking with the traced fish around it. Continue to trace the fish until the paper is completely covered with interlocking fish.

Add features such as eyes and a fin to each fish.


Use crayons or coloured pencils to add colour to your tessellation.

Things You'll Need

  • Card stock
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Paper
Cite this Article A tool to create a citation to reference this article Cite this Article

About the Author

Missy Farage began her writing career in 2008 when her freelance articles were published in the Washington life-and-style journals "425 Magazine" and "South Sound Magazine." She has won awards for her poetry and writing. Farage holds a Bachelor of Arts in creative writing from the University of Puget Sound.