Paper Roll Fish

Surely there is an endless supply of toilet paper rolls in your household that can be used to spend time creating with the kids on these recent quarantine days! Here are two different ways to make colorful and crafty fish to entertain your keiki for an hour or two. Make a bunch to create a brilliant pennant banner by threading some string through each fish or construct just a couple and stage a fun play! You could also create one to represent each male in the family to celebrate the Japanese tradition of Boys' Day coming up on May 5th. Just insert a chopstick to the paper roll and secure with tape or glue to create a mini Koinobori flag to decorate your home. It is definitely a fun craft that may get you and your family hooked!


Carp or Koi Fish

Materials needed:

toilet paper roll

orange acrylic paint and paint brush

paint pens or markers

plastic googly eyes

orange felt fabric

glue

scissors


Instructions:

  1. Crease both ends of toilet paper roll (pressing it flat).

  2. Paint outside of roll orange (or whatever color you want) and let dry. If you do not have paint, color with an orange marker.

  3. Draw fish scales across the top with a paint pen or marker.

  4. Draw a fin and a tail shape similar to the picture above on thick or heavy paper and cut out to use as a template.

  5. Trace template onto felt fabric or any stiff material (you could use painted paper bags, left over fabric, cereal boxes, card-stock paper, etc.) and cut out 2 fins and 1 tail.

  6. Glue fins to the underneath of the paper roll according to picture and the tail to the inside end of the roll. Press the top of the roll to the bottom, flattening the tube and sandwiching the tail.

  7. Glue on googly eyes or draw in the fish's eyeballs at the top end of the paper roll.

  8. Let fish dry before playing and ENJOY!


Creative & Colorful Fish inspired by The Craft Train

Materials needed:

toilet paper roll

acrylic paint and paint brush

paint pens or markers

plastic googly eyes

glue

scissors


Instructions:

  1. Crease both ends of toilet paper roll (pressing it flat).

  2. Cut one end as a round shape for the head. For the tail, start approximately one-third in from the straight end of the roll cutting a similar round shape opposite of the head and stop with about an inch between (do not cut all the way).

  3. Press and tuck the ends into the roll creating the tail shape. For further illustration if you need more help, visit The Craft Train (Thank you for this awesome idea!)

  4. Paint the outside of roll any color and let dry. If you do not have paint, color with markers.

  5. Draw fish scales, decorations, patterns, etc. or add stickers to create your own unique fish!

  6. Draw in eyes and mouth or glue on googly eyes; be as creative as you want!


We hope you have as much fun as we did making these toilet paper roll crafts! Please share and tag @friendsandfaire on Instagram! We would love to see your one of a kind creations!


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