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How to Make a Tropical Fish from Shells


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June 22, 2019

Make a Tropical Fish from Shells - finished fishI used a scallop shell and a couple of pistachio shells to make this tropical fish. You can add a magnet to the back and put it on your fridge to hold up your notes and drawings. Super cute!

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Total Time: 35 minutes plus dry time

Yield: 1 fish

Supplies:

  • 1 scallop shell
  • acrylic paint (2 colours and 1 black)
  • paintbrushes
  • 2 pistachio shells
  • hot glue gun with glue
  • crystal gem or googly eye
Make a Tropical Fish from Shells - supplies
 

Steps:

  1. Paint the main part of the scallop shell with your base colour. Allow to dry.
  2. Make a Tropical Fish from Shells - paint main part of the scallop shell and allow to dry
     
  3. The 2 little triangles will be the fish's tail. Paint that in your 2nd colour. Allow to dry.
  4. Make a Tropical Fish from Shells - paint the two triangle areas with a second color to create the tail, allow to dry
     
  5. Paint the outside of the pistachio shells the same colour as the tail. Allow to dry.
  6. Make a Tropical Fish from Shells - paint the outside of the pistachio shells the same color as the tail and allow to dry
     
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  7. Glue 1 pistachio shell to the side as a fin. Glue the other on top as as dorsal fin.
  8. Make a Tropical Fish from Shells - glue one pistachio shell to the side of the scallop shell as a fin and other on the top as a dorsal fin
     
  9. Glue the gem or googly eye to the front.
  10. Make a Tropical Fish from Shells - glue gem or googly eye to the front
     
  11. Use black paint to make eye details, a mouth, and some lines on the fins. Allow to dry.
  12. Make a Tropical Fish from Shells - use black paint to make the mouth, details on the eye, and lines on the fins
     
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