This is one of those really simple paper mache ideas which looks fabulous as ornaments.
This is one of those perfect paper mache projects which is fun to make for both adults and kids!
In fact it's so tempting you can either make these ornaments as a professional project.
Or you can go with the flow and let your kids have a great time making and painting their own fish.
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Just look how a couple of paper plates make these fantastic fish.
You'll also need our paper mache paste recipe!
You'll see we use a homeschool version for our projects which is just made from flour and water.
Annemarie did hers by making a glue with white PVA diluted 1 part glue to 2 parts water.
You can see here that paper plates are perfect for making lovely round, fat, fish ornaments!
You will need to use some thin cardboard to make the tail and fins and give your fish a bit of a nose!
Annemarie has drawn a picture to show you how to make your fish.
N.B. You will need two fins for the bottom so that your fish will stand.
An older child can obviously do this for themselves but otherwise you may need to help with this bit.
Now for the fun bit!
You can start doing the paper mache.
Using your strips of newspaper and your paste or glue add three to four layers of paper mache to your fish.
Annemarie left hers to dry between each layer, but if your kids are like mine I'm not sure they'll want to wait!
It should dry out fine even if you add two or three layers at once.
Test for strength once your fish is completely dry.
Depending on the thickness of your original plates and card, you may want to add another layer or two to be certain your ornaments are strong enough.
Here is where you can add some homeschool science into your kids crafts!
The best bit with many paper mache ideas is painting them.
Why not look up some exotic fish on the internet to give your kids ideas of what colors to use?
And if your kids are young you can easily add the paper mache fish your child makes into our homeschool unit studies ocean creatures project.
Because Annemarie is an adult (!) she made a nice base coat to decorate her fish ornaments using a couple of coats of white household emulsion.
Once this was completely dry she used artists' acrylic paints to decorate.
How about a zebra fish?
As you can see, this is one of those paper mache ideas for kids where there's plenty of room for imagination!
It's almost like having your own aquarium fish!
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