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How to Make a Fish Craft Using an Egg Carton
Find out how to create this fun fish using egg carton cups and a few other supplies.
- Age Guideline: 4 Years and Up
- Time Required: 20 minutes
The above age and time guidelines are estimates. This project can be modified to suit other ages and may take more or less time depending on your circumstances. For best results, read through all of these steps before you start making this craft.
Let's begin!Continue to 2 of 10 below.
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Gathering The Supplies To Make an Egg Carton Fish
Before you start any project it is easiest to gather together all of the supplies. For this project you will need:
- Egg Carton
- Acrylic Paint
- Craft Glue
- Craft Foam
- Chenille Stems
- Wiggle Eyes
- Monofilament or String (optional)
- Utility Knife
- Paint Brush
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Cutting the Egg Carton
Use the scissors or utility knife to cut two cup sections from the egg carton. Trim to create even edges around the cups. Adults should help kids with this step.Continue to 4 of 10 below.
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Painting the Egg Carton Cups
To create the fish body, paint the bottom sides of both egg carton cups. I used a bright orange paint, but you can use whatever color you like. Let the paint dry.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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Making the Fish's Body
Put a bead of glue around the edges of the egg carton cups. Place the two glued edges together as shown in the photo. Smooth out the extra glue with your finger and let the glue dry.Continue to 6 of 10 below.
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Cutting out the Fish's Fins
Cut fins for your fish out of craft foam. You can cut out simple triangles and trim them to fit, or cut out fancy, flowing fins.Continue to 7 of 10 below.
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Gluing on the Fins
Use craft glue to attach the fins to the fish body. If you want the glue on the fins to dry faster, consider using a hot glue gun.Continue to 8 of 10 below.
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Making the Fish's Lips
Cut two pieces of chenille stem, about 1-inch long. Fold both pieces of chenille stem in half.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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Gluing on the Fish Lips
Glue the lips onto your fish as shown in the picture above.Continue to 10 of 10 below.
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Adding EyesFinally, glue a couple of wiggle eyes onto your fish.
If you want to be able to hang your fish, glue a piece of monofilament or string to the top. Let the glue dry comletely before you attempt to hang it up.