Paper Plate Fish Aquarium

Paper Plate Fish Aquarium

Discover how easy it is to take care of fish when they are made using craft foam and they swim in an aquarium made form a paper plate. You can make simple gold fish in a plain bowl or create tropical fish in an underwater paradise. The details are all up to you!

Supplies Needed to Make a Paper Plate Fish Aquarium:

  • Paper Plate
  • Paint
  • Craft Foam
  • Craft Glue or Hot Glue Sticks
  • Puffy Dimensional Paint
  • Google Eyes

Tools Needed:

  • Scissors
  • Paint Brush
  • Hot Glue Gun (optional)

The first thing you need to do is cut off a piece of the paper plate. Draw a straight line through the plate, about an inch and a half from the edge. Cut along that line.

cut a piece off the paper plate

Paint the inside of the larger piece of paper plate light blue. You can use watercolors or a watered down acrylic paint.  Let the paint dry. Construct the aquarium by gluing the rounded edge of the green plate piece to the blue plate, opposite of where you cut it off.

Paint both piece of paper plate

Cut your fish shapes out of craft foam. You can make them any size and shape you like. You can also make them a rainbow of colors! How about making one fish, two fish – a red fish and a blue fish! Have fun experimenting. Make sure you save the scraps of craft foam for the next step…

Cut out your craft foam fish

Set your fish aside for a moment.

Cut the scrap craft foam you have into small pieces…  Pieces that are way smaller than your fish.  Glue three pieces on top of each other and then glue the stack onto the plate where you want a fish.  You will glue the fish to these stacks so it looks like they are floating, or swimming, in the aquarium.

use scrap foam in aquarium

Finally, you can glue your fish into the aquarium. Dab a generous amount of glue onto each craft foam stack you made and carefully set the fish on top of them.

 glue fish to the aquarium

Glue a google eye onto each fish. The last thing you will want to do is decorate each fish. You can draw on fins and any other details you want using puffy dimensional paint.  Let the paint dry (this can take quite awhile) and then you paper plate fish aquarium is done!


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