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Easy Paper Crafts: Construction Paper Fish


This fun and easy construction paper fish project can make several different fishes with minor changes in the measurements.

Here's a yellow and blue fish swimming along:

Construction Paper Fish yellow and blue finished on display

Or, what about a green one:

Construction Paper Fish green finished on display

Take a look at the simple steps below to make the construction paper fish.

Easy Paper Crafts: Construction Paper Fish Materials and Tools:

  • Construction paper - colors of your choice
  • Yarn or thread
  • Ruler 
  • Glue
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Something round and narrow (I used a wooden skewer.) to make the paper curls

Construction Paper Fish materials and tools

The Steps for How to Make the Easy Paper Crafts: Construction Paper Fish:

The first fish is similar to the green one above.

Cut two pieces of construction paper.

The first is 3/4 inch wide by 9 inches long (the width of a piece of construction paper).

The second piece is 3/4 inch wide by six inches long.

Construction Paper Fish gold step 1 cut paper

On the longer piece of paper, make a small mark 1.5 inches from each end.

The marks should be on opposite edges. 

Construction Paper Fish gold step 2 mark cut areas

At each mark, cut across the paper halfway. 

Construction Paper Fish gold step 3 cut halfway

Join the two ends of the paper at the cut marks by overlapping the cut edges. 

Construction Paper Fish gold step 4 connect cut areas

Make small "V" cuts in the ends of the paper for the fish's tail. 

Construction Paper Fish gold step 5 cut tail

Gently fold the shape to form the fish's nose or mouth. 

Construction Paper Fish gold step 6 fold nose

Wrap the 6-inch piece of paper around a narrow round object. I used a wooden skewer.

A pencil is okay, but it's not quite narrow enough for the curl. 

Construction Paper Fish gold step 7 curl paper

Add glue to the end of the curl for 1/2 to 3/4 inches. 

Construction Paper Fish gold step 8 add glue to curl

Glue the curl inside the shape. 

Construction Paper Fish gold step 9 glue curl inside shape

Cut a 12-inch length of yarn (or thread). 

Construction Paper Fish gold step 10 cut yarn

Insert the yarn through the top of the fish shape.

Bring the ends together and tie a knot to form the hanging loop. 

Construction Paper Fish gold step 11 make loop

The fun and easy Construction Paper Fish is ready to display.

Note: For a shorter tail like the green one above, the cuts for the overlapping tail were 1-inch from each end.

Construction Paper Fish gold step 12 hang to display

Next, let's make a blue fish with a rounded head and a smaller curl inside.

Cut two pieces of paper.

The first is 3/4 inch wide by 9 inches long (the width of the piece of construction paper).

The second is 3/4 inch wide by 3 inches long.

Construction Paper Fish blue step 1 cut paper

On the longer piece of paper, make small marks 1.5 inches from each end and on opposite edges. 

Construction Paper Fish blue step 2 mark cuts

Like for the earlier orange fish, cut halfway across the width of the paper at each of the marks.

Cut a "V" shape out of the ends of the paper strip for the fish's tail.

Connect the paper by overlapping the ends at the cut marks. 

Construction Paper Fish blue step 3 make cuts

Wrap the 3-inch piece of paper around a narrow round object (I used a wooden skewer) to make the curl.

Apply glue to the end of the curl and glue inside the shape. 

Construction Paper Fish blue step 4 add curl

Cut a 12-inch length of yarn.

Insert the yarn into the top of the fish shape.

Pull the ends of the yarn even and tie a knot to make a hanging loop. 

Construction Paper Fish blue step 5 make loop

The fun little blue fish with its yellow insides is finished and ready to display. 

Construction Paper Fish blue step 6 hang to display

The third fish uses the same technique with some slight variations.

Cut two pieces of paper.

Both pieces are 3/4 inch wide by 9 inches long (the width of a piece of construction paper). 

Construction Paper Fish yellow step 1 cut paper

For the outer shape, mark the edges.

On one edge, mark 1-inch from the end.

From the opposite end and on the opposite edge, mark at 1.5 inches. 

Construction Paper Fish yellow step 2 mark cuts

From the end with the 1-inch mark, make a gentle fold at the 3-inch measurement. 

Construction Paper Fish yellow step 3 fold at 3 inches

Like the earlier examples, cut at each of the marks halfway across the piece of paper.

Cut a "V" from the ends for the fish's tail. 

Overlap the ends of the paper at the cut marks.

Construction Paper Fish yellow step 4 make cuts

Wrap the second piece of paper around a narrow round object to make the curl. (I used a wooden skewer.) 

Construction Paper Fish yellow step 5 make curl

Apply glue to the end of the curled paper.

Glue the curl inside the shape. 

Construction Paper Fish yellow step 6 glue curl

Cut a 12-inch length of yarn.

Insert the yarn through the top of the fish shape.

Pull the ends even and tie a knot to make a hanging loop. 

Construction Paper Fish yellow step 7 make loop

 This fun little fish is finished and ready to display.

Construction Paper Fish yellow step 8 hang to display  

Simple paper and a few measurements become an interesting school of fishes.

Make other changes in the measurements and curls to make an even broader variety.

Have fun!

Inexpensive paper and a few tools make the Construction Paper Fish a great project for children and a great project for grandparents and grandkids.


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