Sponge Painting – Koi Fish


Posted by Merryn | Posted in Animal Crafts, Fish | Posted on 01-11-2016 | 10,075 views

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Koi painting

We did this sponge artwork with the elder brother back in 2012. Back then we did not have video tutorials. Today, we did this fun sponge painting with my 3 year old and we have the video to share.

Here is the koi fish template if you wish to do it with your little ones too:


Chinese New Year Ang Pow Fish


Posted by Merryn | Posted in Animal Crafts, Chinese New Year, Festive Crafts, Fish | Posted on 03-02-2016 | 9,972 views

Remember our Ang Pow Fish decor we made back in 2010? Well, we improved it recently by adding a tail to it and it is now so much nicer.

Ang Pow Fish

Draw as shown above.

Cut accordingly.

Cut out the tail from another ang pow packet.

Paste it onto the fish.

Add googly eyes and tie a string on it and it is ready to welcome the Lunar New Year πŸ™‚

Koi fish painting for kids


Posted by Merryn | Posted in Animal Crafts, Chinese New Year, Fish | Posted on 08-07-2012 | 18,338 views


The kids painted koi fish today in the Studio. It’s super easy even a toddler can do it! πŸ˜€

Koi fish (Japanese carp) painting

I drew and cut out two templates (as shown above) for each of the kids.

Get the kids to paint the entire drawing block blue using sponge. My kid insists to paint it green as he said the water in the pond is always green!

Place the first template and start dabbing white paint over the holes in the template. Let dry.

Place the second template over the white paint and dab orange paint.

Repeat the process if you wish to have more than one fish.

Gold Packet Gold Fish


Posted by Merryn | Posted in Animal Crafts, Chinese New Year, Festive Crafts, Fish, Paper Crafts | Posted on 17-01-2011 | 25,262 views

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This Chinese New Year, let’s have beautiful goldfish accompanying us πŸ˜€ We’ll need only 6 red packets, oops, in this case, gold packets.

Gold Packet Gold Fish

We’ll only need two folding methods. 3 packets for each fold.

Fold both edges, leaving a small gap in the middle.

On the opposite end, fold both edges, leaving no gap in the middle.

You’ll need to fold 3 packets according to the above folding method.

Pick the part with the gap and staple so all three are attached to each other.

It should look like this.

Turn them out

See the fold line? You’ll need to cut the triangle out but do not cut on the line. Leave a little space.

Cut only one side. Leave the other untouched. Do not throw away the small triangle as you’ll need it later for the fins.

Cut the second packet. Cut only on one side too.

Cut the third packet. This time, cut both sides. You’ll now have 4 little triangles.

Fold the remaining 3 packets into half

Fold as shown above

Fold again as shown above and repeat on the other side

Fold all three packets using the above folding method.

Staple them side by side together

Place the tail in between the two packets.

Staple on one side

Staple on the other side too

Take 2 triangles

And staple as the fin

Staple the body shut

Staple as shown above

Insert your finger to puff up the fish

Take another small triangle and staple

Repeat on the other side

Staple it totally shut

Open up the tail

Cut two eyes out of white paper and draw the black eye and paste

I like to use this glass stone purchased from IKEA for the ‘fish eye’ effect.

Simply glue the glass stone onto the eyes and you are done πŸ˜€

You may also use red packets (ang bao) if you do not have gold packets πŸ™‚

Still don’t get it? Watch this video πŸ˜€

Footprint Fish


Posted by Merryn | Posted in Animal Crafts, Art Crafts, Fingerprint Art, Fish, Hand and Footprint Art | Posted on 01-10-2010 | 29,941 views

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It’s time to get ticklish again πŸ˜€ Blurp, blurp.. FISH here we come πŸ˜›

Footprint Fish

Paint your feet red or any colour of your choice and stamp onto a drawing block

Paint your pointer white and stamp as the eyes. Paint some fins and the fish is done πŸ™‚

Egg Carton Fish


Posted by Merryn | Posted in Animal Crafts, Craft Foam, Craft from Recycled Materials, Crafts by Materials, Egg Carton, Fish, Pipe Cleaner | Posted on 21-06-2010 | 60,209 views

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Egg carton fish

The next time you think of throwing out your egg cartons, think again for they can be used to make beautiful fish!

Egg carton

Cut the egg carton into individual cups.
Glue them together to get the shape of a fish.

Paint the fish

The kids deep in concentration

Cut craft foams as the fins. Use pipe cleaner as the mouth

The kid’s finished product – The Egg Carton Fish. Simply beautiful!

The kids and their fish striking a pose πŸ˜›

Handprint Fish


Posted by Merryn | Posted in Animal Crafts, Art Crafts, Fish, Hand and Footprint Art | Posted on 10-05-2010 | 40,289 views

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Blurp Blurp… Let’s print out some fish today πŸ™‚

Handprint Fish

Paint your palm and print on a blue piece of paper.

Paint the other palm and print. You'll have two lovey-dovey fish πŸ™‚

Paint your fingers and print as the sea weeds.

Using a brush, draw the eye and mouth and some bubbles. You are done πŸ™‚

Dating fish πŸ˜›

Origami Goldfish


Posted by Merryn | Posted in Animal Crafts, Fish, Origami, Paper Crafts | Posted on 19-01-2010 | 19,412 views

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I love anything marine πŸ™‚ Let’s do an origami goldfish today.

Origami Goldfish

You'll need a square paper.

Fold half with the white side facing out.

Fold a flip down.

Fold the other side too.

Fold down a flap for the tail.

Make a small fold for the mouth.

Draw the eyes and your goldfish is done πŸ™‚

If you have any origami you want to share with us, submit it here and we’ll link it back to you πŸ™‚

Red Packet Fish Tree Ornament


Posted by Merryn | Posted in Animal Crafts, Chinese New Year, Craft from Recycled Materials, Festive Crafts, Fish, Paper Crafts, Party Craft | Posted on 12-01-2010 | 73,194 views

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This Chinese New Year, let’s hang up some fish on the bamboo tree πŸ˜€

Red packet fish ornament

Draw a line in the middle of the red packet.

Draw the tail and cut. Cut a small square as the mouth too.

Glue the tail together. Use a needle to put a thread through a fin and hang πŸ™‚

Red packet fish ornament

Check out the rest of our Chinese New Year decor collections:

1)Β Red packet Ball Lantern

2)Β Red Packet Ancient Coin Lantern

3)Β Ang Bao Gold Fish

4)Β Lucky Star Lantern

5)Β Red Packet Toilet Paper Roll Fire Cracker

6)Β Chinese Paper Cut – SPRING

7)Β Fortune Cookie Fridge Magnet

8 )Β Red Packet Sea Shell Tree Ornament

9)Β CNY Angpow Lantern

10)Β Red Packet Fan Tree Ornament

11)Β Red Packet Fish Tree Ornament

12)Β Fingerprint Cherry Blossom

13)Β Toilet Paper Roll Orange

14)Β Chinese New Year Fan

15) Angry Bird Ang Pow Wheel of Fortune

16) Ang Pow Koi Fish

17) Personalised Ang Pow Packet

18) Angpow Carousel Lantern

19) 12pcs Angpow Lantern

Fingerprint Goldfish


Posted by Merryn | Posted in Animal Crafts, Art Crafts, Fingerprint Art, Fish | Posted on 03-08-2009 | 12,633 views

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Let’s make a cute fingerprint goldfish for luck.
First, put your orange thumb print as the body of the fish.
Then use your fingertips as the fins (both upper and lower) and tail.
Use markers to draw the eyes and line the fins and tails. Your fingerprint goldfish is ready!

Origami Fish


Posted by Merryn | Posted in Animal Crafts, Fish, Origami | Posted on 18-06-2009 | 13,293 views

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Another easy origami to do.
You’ll need a square paper to start with.

Fold it into two.

Fold the bottom end up into the middle.

Repeat on the other side.

Fold a flip.

Fold another flip. Can you see Ethan’s little fingers joining in the ‘glamour‘? ^^

Turn it over and you’ll get this. Decorate it with eyes and mouth and you’re done!

Ethan admiring the origami fish. πŸ˜€


Paper Plate Fish


Posted by Merryn | Posted in Animal Crafts, Fish, Paper Plate Crafts | Posted on 06-06-2009 | 10,353 views

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This is the basic of all paper plate crafts. The simplest to do.
Use a craft scissors to cut out a small triangle. You may also use normal scissors if you do not have any craft scissors.
Stick the small triangle to form a tail.
Now here is the tedious part. I use a craft punch and punch out a thousand ‘hearts’ from old magazine pages and get Ethan to do the pasting.
Half an hour later, he is still pasting! LOL! You may opt to just color the fish instead.
Use a button, stone or anything you wish for the eye and it’s done!