Foil Fish

Self-adhesive mount­ing board made this project a snap to prep and clean up!

Spe­cial thanks to Mabel Gid­cumb for shar­ing this fun les­son plan, which she adapted from a project in the Usborne Book of Art Projects. She made these col­or­ful fish with her Vaca­tion Bible School kids and reports that it was a huge suc­cess! They used self-adhesive mount­ing board, but you could also coat any stiff mount­ing board with a thick layer of glue stick instead.

  • Self-adhesive mount­ing board, cut to 6.5″ x 5″
  • Heavy duty alu­minum foil, cut to 7.5″ x 6″
  • Yarn, cut to 24″ (or less, as needed)
  • Plas­tic net­ting (from veg­etable bags or pur­chased at a craft store)
  • Adhe­sive backed wig­gly eyes
  • Per­ma­nent mark­ers — light, bright colors
  • Tape, 3/4“wide

1. Cut “fish-shaped ovals” from net­ting.
2. Next, peel the adhe­sive cover from the boards and (sticky side up!) posi­tion the fish-shaped net­ting where you want your fish to be.
3. Lay yarn around the edges of the net­ting to “draw” the out­line of your fish.
4. Add a top fin, if desired, and any other details.
5. Press yarn firmly onto adhe­sive.
6. Cen­ter alu­minum foil over pic­ture, leav­ing an equal mar­gin on each side.
7. Press firmly and rub well with fin­gers to pick up the tex­ture of the fish.
8. Fold edges of foil over the back of the board and fas­ten with tape.
9. Color with per­ma­nent mark­ers, begin­ning with the water first and then col­or­ing the fish with con­trast­ing col­ors. Use a black marker to cre­ate a “frame” around the out­side edge. Add a wig­gly eye!
10. Tape a loop of yarn to the back for hang­ing, if desired.

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2 Responses to Foil Fish

  1. Tisha Smith June 29, 2009 at 11:15 pm #

    Thanks, I’ve been look­ing for a fun way to use that plas­tic net­ting from fruits and veg­gies! Can’t wait to try it.

  2. carlylennox July 13, 2009 at 1:51 pm #

    Oh! This looks really effec­tive! Thanks for sharing :)

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