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School of Cardboard Tube Fish

Cardboard Tube School of Fish by @amandaformaro of Crafts by Amanda

I have a lot of cardboard tubes. Seriously, it’s become a standing joke around here that no one is allowed to throw out the cardboard tubes from the toilet paper or paper towels because I need them for craft projects! And see, if they were throwing them away I wouldn’t be showing you these cute cardboard tube fish you can make with the kids!

This is a quick post today, because I actually wrote this on Saturday night after dinner and scheduled it for today. Why? Because today I am flying from Milwaukee to Salt Lake City to attend SNAP Conference with several of my blogging friends. I’ll be posting updates on Instagram, so if you want to follow along and chat with me there, you can search for me as @amandaformaro on Instagram.

I’ll also be sharing things on my two Facebook pages, Crafts by Amanda on Facebook and on Amanda’s Cookin’ on Facebook

Now back to the fishies :)

And remember, there’s always a printable version at the end of the post, complete with supply list and instructions.

flatten the cardboard tubes

Flatten each cardboard tube. Line the inside with some glue and press them tight together with your hands. Place a heavy object on top of each one to help them stay closed while the glue takes hold.

paint the cardboard tubes

Paint each flattened tube, one blue, one green and one purple.

cut tubes as shown

Cut on a diagonal on each side (see photo) to create the head. Save the pieces you cut off for the tail.

Add the fish tail

Carefully open the back end of the fish and insert the two cut pieces creating the tail. Press back together.

Use scissors to trim out a mouth. Glue on eyes and decorate with self stick gems.

Cardboard Tube School of Fish by @amandaformaro of Crafts by Amanda

P.S. I use Craft Smart paint for most of my kid’s crafts. You can find it at Micheals, it goes on nicely but costs a lot less than other paints.

More cardboard tube crafts

Looking for more? I’ve provided a few of my favorites below, but you can also find all my cardboard tube crafts here.


Cardboard Tube School of Fish

Rating: 51

Craft Time: 15 minutes

Drying Times: 2 hours

Total Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes

Cardboard Tube School of Fish

What you need:

  • 3 (4-inch) cardboard tubes
  • White craft glue
  • Paint: green, light blue, purple
  • Scissors
  • Self adhesive gems
  • 3 large googly eyes

What you do:

  1. Flatten each cardboard tube. Line the inside with some glue and press them tight together with your hands. Place a heavy object on top of each one to help them stay closed while the glue takes hold.
  2. Paint each flattened tube, one blue, one green and one purple.
  3. Cut on a diagonal on each side (see photo) to create the head. Save the pieces you cut off for the tail.
  4. Carefully open the back end of the fish and insert the two cut pieces creating the tail. Press back together.
  5. Use scissors to trim out a mouth. Glue on eyes and decorate with self stick gems.
http://craftsbyamanda.com/2014/04/school-of-cardboard-tube-fish.html

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5 Responses to School of Cardboard Tube Fish

  1. 1
    jet says:

    Hi Amanda
    i have made of your xmas tube trees in the xmas time.
    i used 3d paint for the snow effect and added some fake rihnstones.
    and hanged them on a garland which i had origamied folded, my sis was flabber gasthed.
    so i told her it was from you!;-D
    thank you for those funny tube tute of yours and the sharing.
    i love them;-D

  2. 2
    Dan R Morris says:

    Hey hey,

    Love Snap! When you get back to Milwaukee we’d love to see you at our Blogging Concentrated event in August. It’s our 2nd one there and will be awesome.

  3. 3

    […] Grab a handful of toilet paper rolls, your family, and a few basic craft supplies and make your own school of cardboard tube fish. […]

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