Making a Paper Fish

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August 4, 2016

flexible paper fishA great project for home, camp, Scouts, and babysitting. The fish has a spine that bends. You can make a whole school of them!


Total Time: If you help a child, it will take about a half hour. If you have a group of children who need help, it will take a bit longer.

Yield: 1 fish

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  • one piece of construction paper in main color
  • one piece of construction paper in a different color
  • white paper for the eyes
  • scissors
  • glue or tape
  • marker


  1. Using the main piece of construction paper, fold the edge to make a square.
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  3. Cut off the excess.
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  5. Open the square. Fold the sides in, meeting the center crease.
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    Moving Paper Fish Craft

  7. Open the square and fold it in half.
  8. Make 1/4 inch cuts in the paper, starting about an inch from the end. Make sure you cut up to the crease.
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  10. Keep cutting until you get to about an inch from the other edge. In the picture my finger points to where to stop.
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  12. Open the paper. Put tape or glue on one side.
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  14. Bring the other side over it to fasten.
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    Moving Paper Fish Craft

  16. Cut off the point on top and round it out to make the fish head.
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  18. Using the scrap of the main color, cut out the mouth of the fish.
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    Moving Paper Fish Craft
  20. Put glue on the edge and fasten it to the body.
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  22. Use the contrasting color to cut out the fins and the tail.
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    Moving Paper Fish Craft

  24. Decorate the fins and tail with the marker.
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  26. Use the white paper for the eyes. I used a measuring spoon to get a good circle.
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  28. Use the marker to draw the eyes.
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  30. Tape or glue the eyes.
  31. Tape or glue the fins.
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  33. Tape or glue the tail.
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  35. Have fun with it!
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October 6, 2019

When there's pure boredom and you have nothing but colored paper, turn it into something that will make you smile. Here's one idea that came to my mind that satisfied my boring day. This craft is also good to try out with your kids.

Paper Fish - montage of three views of the paper fish

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