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Egg Carton Fish

Transforming a simple egg carton into a school of colorful fish is a fun and creative craft project that can be enjoyed by both kids and adults alike. By cutting out individual sections of the egg carton and painting them in vibrant hues, you can easily create a whimsical underwater scene that will brighten up any room. Adding googly eyes, sequins, or glitter to each fish can give them a playful and unique touch, making them even more eye-catching. This DIY project is not only a great way to repurpose materials that would otherwise be thrown away, but it also allows for endless customization and personalization. Whether you choose to make a few large fish or a whole shoal of smaller ones, the possibilities are endless. Display your egg carton fish on a shelf, in a shadow box, or even hang them from the ceiling to create a dynamic and visually appealing piece of art that is sure to spark joy and conversation.

To make our adorable, colorful egg carton fish you will need paper egg cartons, acrylic paint in your color of choice, pipe cleaners in the same, a white paint pen, small googly eyes, a hole punch, and scissors.

Egg Carton Fish Craft Supplies Needed

  • Egg carton
  • Acrylic paint – colors of choice
  • Pipe cleaners – colors of choice
  • White paint pen
  • Googly eyes, small
  • Single hole punch
  • Scissors

Summer Fish Craft Step by Step Directions

Begin with an empty and clean paper egg carton.

Carefully cut out the individual cups. An adult may be needed for this part.

Then, paint the cups in the paint color of your choice. Let the paint dry completely.

While the paint is drying, grab a pipe cleaner in the color of your choice. Mix and match with the paint color or go completely wild, it’s up to you. Bend the pipe cleaner into an MM type shape, so basically two Ms formed together, to form a tail fin.

Twist the ends of the pipe cleaner together to secure.

Next, when the paint on the egg carton cup is dry, punch a hole at the back of the cup.

Bend the twisted ends of the pipe cleaner over, so it’s more substantial and won’t move as much in the hole, then insert in the pipe cleaner tail fin in the hole.

Add googly eyes to the front of the fish. Self-adhesive googly eyes work great here.

Now, use a white paint pen to draw a small circle mouth.

Finally, draw some wavy scale lines on the sides of the fish, too.

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