Continuing from last week’s craft, here is another kid-friendly activity, paired with age-appropriate books. These Easy Egg Carton Fish are super simple and inexpensive to make – I had all of the materials in my cupboards. My inspiration came from this craft on Pinterest; I’ve detailed my version of the project, below.
You will need:
Begin by protecting your worksurface. I threw down an old, vinyl tablecloth, but newsprint would work well, too. I cut out the egg cups from each carton – I used 6 egg cups per fish (for a total of 1-½ egg cartons, of the dozen variety). I noticed that my egg cups came out all different sizes. Which, really, this is supposed to replicate nature – so it seems appropriate!
Arrange your egg cups from little to big, 6 cups per fish.
Using a paper bowl (or your paint palette of choice), lay down your paint. Because I was using what I had on-hand, I worked with a limited color palette. If you are also with working with just a smattering of paint colors, be sure to mix and blend them.
I blended my colors, working from light-to-dark, and was able to achieve a really cool, gradient effect.
Paint all of your egg cups, inside and out. Allow them to dry about 3-4 hours (depending on the thickness of paint). I only applied 1 coat to each cup, and saw good coverage.
When your egg cups have dried, notch the largest cup for each fish to create 4 “fins.” Some of my egg cups already had notches, left from when I hacked … erm cut … them free from the carton. These notches work, too.
Slightly-squash (very technical term, I know!) the smallest cup for each fish, to create the fish’s “head.” Then, create the eyes. I simply painted the eyes on my fish, but this would be a fantastic application for googly-eyes, if you have them! Last, paint stripes on the “fins,” if your heart desires (and mine did).
When your egg cups are fully-dried, use your needle and yarn or thread to string them together, from large to small. I cut a length of about 12 inches of yarn and created a nice fat knot at the bottom.
After installing the “fin,” I created a big knot about every 1 to 1 1/2 inches, to hold the subsequent egg cups (or scales). Be sure to create a loop at the top of each fish for hanging purposes. And, voila! Fishes!
Here are a few books we love, that would be a great companion to this craft: