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Kids will love crafting this super cute and easy nature paper tube fish craft! All you need are two main materials to make these paper roll fish!
Do you have paper roll tubes laying around your house? Paper toilet rolls can often be used for crafts and recycled activities with the kids and are one of our favorite materials to save! Here’s one super simple and fun summer craft idea: a nature paper tube fish craft! It’s easy to make, uses things you probably already have in your home, and helps teach kids about recycling. Plus the nature element is a great way to get the kid outdoors too. Let’s get started!
Watch the video in this post to see this cute fish craft swim and come alive!
Why is this paper tube fish a fun summer craft for kids?
This kids fish craft is a fun summer activity that you can enjoy with your kids. It takes just a few minutes to create, and the whole family will love how “real” it looks! The kids will love collecting leaves or foliage outdoors to make their paper tube fish come to life. They can play with it and create all sorts of fish stories. Wouldn’t it be fun to change the paper tube fish’s colors to match a specific season or holiday? Fish crafts don’t just have to happen over the summer holidays!
What do you need to make this recycled fish craft?
The beauty of this easy craft is that the materials are free and plentiful! Take empty toilet paper rolls (or cut paper towel tubes in half) to make the fish body. Then embellish the fins and tail with flowers, leaves, or foliage from outside! We just grabbed a few from our backyard! We added googly eyes to make the fish more realistic but you can easily just draw in with a black marker.
empty paper tubes
flowers, leaves, foliage
Hot glue gun or caft glue
Plastic googley eyes
- Empty paper tubes
- Flowers, leaves, foliage
- Hot glue gun or craft glue
- Plastic googley eyes
- Cut down the paper tube to the size of fish you'd like. Cut a triangle on one end for the mouth.
- Lay out your leaves and nature foliage to design your fish. Then glue on paper roll with a hot glue gun or strong craft glue.
- Glue on your google eye or use a black marker to draw an eye in.
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