Paper Plate Fish Bowl | A Cool Idea with Free a Printable!

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Paper Plate Fish Bowl | A Cool Idea with Free a Printable!

Introduction:

Teach your kids how to assemble with this paper plate fishbowl tutorial! This craft tutorial includes two printable cut-and-paste sheets in which they can color and practice their scissors skills. Once finished, they can play with this aquarium or use it as a decoration in the house.

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Tools

  • Stapler
  • Scissors
  • Coloring Materials (optional)

Supplies

  • 2 Paper Plates
  • Glue
  • Popsicles Sticks
  • Printables (Download below for printable)
How to Make a Paper Plate Aquarium - MaterialsA
How to Make a Paper Plate Aquarium - MaterialsA

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Download Template
Step 1

Cut The Printables

How to Make a Paper Plate Aquarium - Step 1a

Download then print the aquarium printable by clicking the green download button above. After printing it, cut along the dashed line of the printable with a pair of scissors.

*There’s a printable coloring sheet available for this aquarium craft if you click the green download button below. Feel free to download that if you and the kids would prefer to color the fish and the aquarium.

How to Make a Paper Plate Fish Bowl  - Step 2

Once cut, it should look like this!

You now have two fishes (A clownfish and a blue tang)!

How to Make a Paper Plate Fish Bowl - Step 3

Get a paper plate and paste the circular aquarium on the center of it.

How to Make a Paper Plate Fish Bowl  - Step 4

Your background should now look like this!

Step 2

Build the frame of the paper plate fish bowl

How to Make a Paper Plate Fish Bowl  - Step 5

To build the aquarium, get another paper plate. Flip the plate over.

How to Make a Paper Plate Fish Bowl  - Step 6

Fold the paper plate in half.

How to Make a Paper Plate Fish Bowl  - Step 7

Cut a half-moon shape on the center as illustrated above.

How to Make a Paper Plate Fish Bowl  - Step 8

Unfold the paper plate, and it should now look like this! The outer part will be the frame of the aquarium.

Step 3

Assemble the paper plate fish bowl

How to Make a Paper Plate Fish Bowl  - Step 9

Get the frame and the aquarium cut out. Place the frame on top, as shown in the picture above.

How to Make a Paper PlateFish Bowl  - Step 10

To secure the frame to the other paper plate, staple along the edges of the top part ONLY.

How to Make a Paper Plate Aquarium - Step 12

Do not staple the bottom part of your frame.Make sure to staple the only upper edges of the aquarium. This is because the two fish cut-outs will be inserted on the bottom edge of the aquarium.

How to Make a Paper PlateFish Bowl  - Step 11

Once assembled, your aquarium should look like this!

Step 4

Create the fish puppets

How to Make a Paper Plate Fish Bowl  - Step 13

Get your fish cut-outs, glue, and some popsicles sticks.

How to Make a Paper Plate Fish Bowl  - Step 14

Put some glue on one end of the popsicle stick. Then stick one of the fish cut-outs to it.

How to Make a Paper Plate Fish Bowl  - Step 15

Now repeat the previous step to the other fish cut-out.

How to Make a Paper Plate Fish Bowl  - Step 16

Your fish puppets are now done!

How to Make a Paper Plate Fish Bowl  - Step 17

Insert a fish puppet inside at the open flap on the bottom part of the aquarium.

How to Make a Paper PlateFish Bowl  - Step 18

Insert another fish puppet inside.

How to Make a Paper Plate Fish Bowl - Finish

Your paper plate aquarium is done! Let the fishes interact by moving the puppet and have a great time playing with this!

Step 5

Optional: Printable Fishbowl Cut and Paste Coloring Sheet

Looking for a fun craft activity that your kids can also color? There’s a coloring sheet that comes with the download template button that you could use for the paper plate aquarium instead

How to Make a Paper Plate Aquarium -Option 1a

Get them to be more creative by letting them color the fishes and the aquarium in any color or style they want it to be!

Extra Tips

  • The paper plate fishbowl kind of looks plain. If you want to personalize it and make it prettier, we suggest that you decorate the frame with your art materials.
  • If your kids are not into puppets, then they can use this craft as a decoration. Instead of sticking the fish into some popsicles, stick it directly to the aquarium cut out. Once finished, put some adhesive at the back and stick it to the wall. You may even punch a hole on the top middle part to hang it with a piece of string.
  • When using sharp objects like scissors and staplers, make sure you use them with adult supervision.
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5 COMMENTS

  1. Made a short story about fishes. And I made a play. It was an instant house hit!

  2. More printables pls

  3. The DIY bowl was alright and it was easy to make.
    Then I encouraged my kids to take roles and just wing it you know – it was sweet and funny

  4. I’m a graphic designer so I thought to myself I could make a new background and add different types of fish. But only if they wanted to. ofc, the kids was happy with the craft they made.

  5. love the design 😍

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