Recyclables are a cheap and wonderful crafting material, and water bottle crafts are one of our favorites when it comes to getting creative. (I love these Water Bottle Suncatchers!)
This recycled craft uses both recycled water bottles and tissue paper left over from birthday gifts to create colorful, one of a kind, water bottle fish!
Water Bottle Fish Craft
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- Clean, dry water bottles
- Colored tissue paper
- White craft glue
- Hot glue gun
- Wiggly eyes
- Craft foam
To begin crafting your fish, have the kids rip up squares of brightly colored tissue paper. This is a great activity for building hand strength for later writing skills!
The squares are great for giving the fish a multi-colored collage look. You can also cut 1 inch thick strips of tissue paper, which are great if you want a striped fish instead.
Once the tissue paper is ready, have your child use an old paint brush to paint white craft glue on the outside of their water bottle.
It helps to only use a little glue at a time, adding pieces of tissue paper as you go, instead of covering the whole bottle with glue at once. Also, you may want to have a damp paper towel handy for wiping excess glue off so the tissue paper doesn’t keep getting stuck to little fingers.
Once the water bottle is covered in tissue paper, let the whole thing dry. It took ours about one hour. While you’re waiting, check out these other adorable sea animal crafts.
Use craft foam to create your fish’s fins. For younger children you may want to cut out the pieces yourself. For older children, you could draw the design on the craft foam and have them cut it out, or let them design the fins completely on their own.
Use a hot glue gun to add wiggly eyes and the craft foam fins and tail to your fish. Please remember, hot glue can get extremely hot! This is a step best suited for an adult to do. Young children can easily point out where each piece should go while the adult works the hot glue gun.
The best part of using hot glue is that your one of a kind creation will be ready to play with, or display, as soon as the glue cools.
These brightly colored water bottle fish look beautiful hanging from the ceiling or in a window.
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This post was originally published August 10, 2012.