Have you visited an aquarium with your kids recently and now they’re obsessed with all things under the sea? Did they just see the movie Finding Nemo for the first time and now fish are all they can talk about? Any time a child takes a particular interest in something, it’s always a great opportunity for creativity and DIY activities!
Check out these 15 awesome fish themed craft ideas that will keep your little aquatic enthusiast occupied for hours.
1. Felt and button fish
For slightly older kids, markers and glue sticks can get tiring sometimes and they might want a little more of a DIY challenge. Why not help them start practicing hand sewing? Help them cut out and sew together pieces of felt to make a fish, then let them get creative with sewing on differently coloured and sized “scales” made of buttons. Check the idea out in more detail on
2. Flying carp toilet rolls
Toilet rolls are probably one of the cheapest and easiest crafting supplies you’ll get your hands on when it comes to crafting with your kids because, as long as you remember to save them at the end of each toilet paper roll, you’ll basically never run out of them! Use those, colourful tissue paper, string, and a wooden dowel to create these gorgeous “flying” carp, just like
3. Felt and magnet fishing game
Sometimes the best crafts are the ones that kids can play with again and again as toys when they’re finished! This little felt fishing game is the perfect example. Check out how
4. Flannel fishies
Did you really like the idea of sewing with your kids, but you think they can handle a project that’s a bit more challenging than the button fish? Try creating these adorable stuffed flannel fish by
5. DIY cardboard aquarium
Were dioramas your absolute favourite crafting project when you were a kid in school? Pass that love on your own kids now by helping them make an awesome cardboard “aquarium” with a whole underwater scene inside!
6. Plastic canvas fishing pond
Do you love the idea of helping your kids make their very own fishing game, but you’d rather a version where the fish are all contained just to make it easier on the littlest ones?
7. Rhinestoned felt fish plushie
8. Rainbow fishie photo frame
9. DIY fish print pillow
Have you stumbled across some fish themed print fabric at your local craft store that you just can’t resist? Sew (or help your kids sew) this basic throw pillow that will look adorable in a playroom, nursery, or kids’ bedroom. Get the simple pattern on
10. Goldfish paper plate
11. Celery stamped rainbow fish
Are you looking for a way to help your youngest kids create an accurate fish scale shape very easily?
12. Bubble wrap printed fish
Have your kids ever tried bubble wrap imprint painting? If not, they’re in for a real treat.
13. Paper baggy fish
Do your kids love making 3D crafts using unconventional things? Then they’ll probably be pretty excited about this puffy fish on a canvas “sea”.
14. Upcycled CD fish
Do you have some old or damaged CDs and DVDs you’ve been meaning to get rid of? Instead of throwing them away, why not let your kids upcycle them by turning them into fun, reflective little fish?
15. Paper plate and goldfish cracker fish bowl
You’ve already seen one fish themed craft that used a paper plate as a crafting tool, but here’s another one for you since making things with them is so much fun! Cut a section from one edge to look like the opening of the bowl, flip to spare piece, and glue it on across from the opening to make the bowl’s base. Have your kids paint all over it to look like a fish bowl, then glue Goldfish crackers all over the surface of the bowl so they look like they’re swimming around inside! If your kids are feeling very creative, they might paint the cracker fish different colours first (as long as no one eats them all first).
Have you made other awesome fish art before that your kids loved doing, but that you don’t see on our list? Tell us all about how you did it in the comments section!