This week we made a Jesus fish craft using only cardboard tubes, glue, and glitter. The kids had so much fun with this one!
This was such a simple process. Take a cardboard tube (such as a toilet paper roll or a paper towel tube) and flatten it. Then cut it into strips. You’ll end up with football shaped rings. Cut the ring apart at one fold, cut 2 slits, and fit together in the shape of Jesus fish.
Once you have your basic Jesus fish shape, you can craft with it however you want. It would be fun to just paint them, but we decided to glitter ours. To do this, put some white glue in a cup and add a little water. (About 1 part glue to 1 part water). You can paint the glue onto the Jesus fish using an old paint brush.
Once it’s all covered in glue, it’s time to add the glitter! We placed our Jesus fish on a piece of paper and shook the glitter over the top of the fish.
Once there’s a lot of glitter on the paper, you can pinch it and sprinkle more over with your fingers. What a fun, crafty mess!
Keep rolling, pinching, and shaking the glitter on until the whole fish is covered.
Set them on another piece of paper and wait for the glue to dry.
We found that darker, more saturated, colors of glitter looked nicer than pastel glitters.
Check out some of our finished Jesus fish! We made a whole glitter rainbow of them!
These were so much fun to make and my children were so pleased with the results! I love crafts that allow children to succeed, and there’s really no way to mess these up. When kids are successful in their crafts, it builds artistic confidence.
I was trying to decide exactly what to do with these new creations and thought they would make a cute Jesus fish mobile.
To make your own mobile, just cut a strip from card-stock and staple it into a loop. Then punch some holes for hanging.
We used embroidery floss that matched the colors of our fish to hang them. Just tie the string around the fish- the glitter grips the string and holds it in place. Hang them from the holes in your card-stock at different heights.
You’ll need to punch 3 holes in the top as well and suspend it from more string so you can hang it up.
These would be a great craft to make for Vacation Bible School, CCD, Sunday School, or at home. Keep your eyes peeled for glitter at the Dollar Tree- it’s so cheap there and I often find a great variety of colors! Happy crafting!
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