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.
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 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 each flattened tube, one blue, one green and one purple.
Cut on a diagonal on each side (see photo) to create the head. Save the pieces you cut off for the 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.
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.