Paper Plate Fish Bowl Craft

  • 01 of 09

    How to Make a Paper Plate Fish Bowl

    How to Make a Paper Plate Fish Bowl
    How to Make a Paper Plate Fish Bowl. Sherri Osborn

    All you need to create this cute fish bowl craft is a paper plate, some craft foam, and some paint. You can create simple goldfish to fill your bowl or even fill your bowl with more exotic looking fish.


    • Age Guideline: 3 Years and Up
    • Time Required: 30 minutes (Does not include drying time)

    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.


    Before you start any project it is easiest to...MORE gather together all of the supplies. For this project you will need:



    Now, let's begin! 


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  • 02 of 09

    Cut the Paper Plate

    Cut the Paper Plate
    Cut the Paper Plate.

    Cut a small piece off of one edge of the paper plate as shown in the photo.


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  • 03 of 09

    Paint the Paper Plate

    Paint the Paper Plate
    Paint the Paper Plate.

    Start out by painting the top side of the paper plate blue. This will be the fish bowl full of water. Paint the back side of the small piece of the paper plate a different color. This will be the bottom 'stand' of the fish bowl.


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  • 04 of 09

    Glue the Stand onto the Fish Bowl

    Glue the Stand onto the Fish Bowl
    Glue the Stand onto the Fish Bowl.

    Glue the stand to the bottom of the fish bowl as shown.


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  • 05 of 09

    Cut Out Fish to Put in the Bowl

    Cut Out Fish to Put in the Bowl
    Cut Out Fish to Put in the Bowl.

    Cut a few fish shapes out of craft foam. Make them whatever size and color you like, just make sure they will fit inside the fish bowl!


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  • 06 of 09

    Add Eyes to the Fish

    Add Eyes to the Fish
    Add Eyes to the Fish.

    Glue a wiggle eye onto each fish you cut out.


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  • 07 of 09

    Paint Your Fish

    Paint Your Fish
    Paint Your Fish.

    This step is optional but recommended if you'd like to add some extra flair to your project. Use dimensional paint to add detail to your fish.


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  • 08 of 09

    Prepare Your Fish Bowl

    Prepare Your Fish Bowl
    Prepare Your Fish Bowl.

    When you glue your fish to your fish bowl, you want them to look like they are swimming freely. To accomplish this, cut 3 small scraps from your craft foam for each fish you have. Decide where you want the fish to be in the fish bowl, and glue a stack of 3 craft foam pieces on top of each other.


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  • 09 of 09

    Finishing Your Fish Bowl Craft

    Finishing Your Fish Bowl Craft
    Finishing Your Fish Bowl Craft.

    Finally, glue your fish onto the craft foam stacks on your fish bowl. Let the glue dry!