Paper mache is a classic craft that feels like a childhood right of passage! Today we are making a paper fish for all future ocean explorers and undersea loving kids! This cute little fish craft is messy, but so easy for kids of all ages to do with adults and they can be creative and paint it however they want!
Read on for the easy tutorial on how to make this paper fish using just a few household supplies.
- Old newspapers and/or magazines
- Masking tape
- Big bowl
- Paint in desired colours
- paint brush
Paper fish tutorial
You can expand this tutorial to make your fish the size you want! Before you start, make sure you cover your work surface because paper mache can get very messy, especially with little ones around!
We recommend covering your work surface with newspaper or a disposable tablecloth, and consider using a foil tray or cookie sheet underneath your project to catch any extra paste! Let’s get started.
- Make an egg-shaped object by crumpling up newspaper and covering it completely with tape.
- Add fins and a tail made from an old cereal box. Just stick it on with more tape!
- Tear a stack of magazine or newspaper pages into narrow strips and set them aside.
- Mix two parts water with one part flour to make a paper paste.
- Microwave in 30 second increments until thickened if needed/desired. Dip one of the torn strips into the paste and wipe off the excess (back in the bowl).
- Lie in the fish shape you made. Repeat until it is completely covered.
- Let it dry completely (it can take 6 to 24 hours depending on the size and how thick the papier-mache layer is).
- Paint as desired to look like your favorite fish!
How to draw your own paper fish
We painted our fish to look like everyone’s favorite clownfish, Nemo from Finding Nemo, because we’re big Disney fans. But you can change the size and shape of the paper fish to make all kinds of fish and undersea creatures!
More under marine crafts
We have a whole range of undersea crafts you can make with your child, from fish to whales to shell themes, and you’re sure to find more crafts to love for any child who loves the water, or just the little mermaid!