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These cute clay school of fish are a friendly reminder of the end of summer. As we get ready for back to school, they make a fun art project for kids to DIY as backpack tags or keychains for friends! (just make them smaller).

Or make them larger as we did and hang them up for a friendly sea decoration in the home!

Read more below for the full tutorial.

DIY Painted Clay Fish:

Air Clay
Construction paper
– Cutter (like an exacto knife)
– Scissors
– Pencil
Paint & paintbrushes
– String

How to:

Step 1. Draw fish shapes on your construction paper and then cut them out.

Step 2. Roll your clay and use your cut paper fish as a template. Put your fish on top of your clay and with your cutter cut all around your fish. To make the hole for the eye you can use the edge of your pencil or paintbrush.

Step 3. Repeat as much as you want. You can use your cutter or toothpick to draw on your clay fishes (optional). Allow to dry (at least 24 hours).

Step 4. Paint your fish.

Step 5. Cut a small string and put it thought your fish hole. Make a knot. You are done. Decorate your wall with these artsy fish or turn into cute tags or keychains for kids.

Aren’t these clay fish pretty? Check out more adorable fish crafts like these rock fish!

What are your favorite ocean crafts for kids?

Marie-Laure, is an Architect first, a mom of two, but also a Do It Yourself kind of girl. She LOVES CRAFTING. Her blog La Maison de Loulou is a piece of her with simple and fun crafts, ideas, projects, and activities to do with your kids at anytime. Her children Louise and Roman are her inspiration and all the DIY’s are made for them to have fun. Toys, games, costumes..she loves exploring the kids world with her own twist.

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