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Paper Roll Fish in a Bowl

Paper Roll Fish in a Bowl |

A couple of weeks ago, I made a cute pair of Paper Roll Love Birds.  While I was working on the love birds, my husband got intrigued at how a toilet paper roll could be transformed from something so basic and disposable to a piece of art.  This started a conversation on reusing and recycling household things into kids’ crafts.  Then, my husband got inspired and gave me some cool ideas for kids’ projects using toilet paper rolls, including this Paper Roll Fish in a Bowl.  (Thanks honey!)

Last week, in my latest trip to Dollar Tree, I found the glitter, glitter foam, and chenille I used in making this little fish project.  At the store, I did not know what to do with them but I knew they were going to be useful for some cool DIY. They all had the same bright blue and green colors, like they were all made to be together.  So I bought a package of each one.  After I got home, I remembered the conversation with my hubby and began to make this bowl full of aquatic fun.  Here it is with instructions and free bowl pattern for you to try it with your little ones.


  • 1 Toilet Paper Roll
  • Blue and green craft paints
  • Blue and green fine glitter
  • Blue and green chenille (1 of each color)
  • Blue and green glitter craft foam (1 of each color)
  • Blue and white construction paper
  • 2 googly eyes
  • White glue
  • Bowl Pattern


Paper Roll Fish in a Bowl |

Cut:  To make the little fish bodies, cut 2 rings of 1/2″ from the toilet paper roll.   (Check if the rings have any loose ends.  If any, glue them.)

Paint: As shown in the pictures, paint one of the ring in blue to make the blue fish and, for the green fish, paint the other ring in green.  (This step might be seen redundant but it will save you time in the next step.  The paint will cover any imperfections the rings might have and also will make the final product look brighter.)

Glitter:  Apply the glitter on.  (This is kind of obvious but just in case, apply the blue glitter on the blue ring and the green glitter on the green ring.)

Tails:  Take the blue and green chenille and cut a 3″ piece of each.  Bend each piece in half.  Then take a chenille piece and bring the left and right ends to the center to make a loop like you were doing a bow.  Twist each end at the center a little bit to secure the “bow” in place.  Do the same thing to the other chenille piece.

Fins:  Cut the fins from the glitter craft foams.  If you want to vary the project a little bit, try some shark fins or dorsal spikes.

Assemble:    Glue the tails, fins, and eyes on both fish.  Take the blue and white construction paper and cut out the bowl using this Bowl PatternGlue the fish on.  Finish your Paper Roll Fish in a Bowl with some bubbles and waves.

And here they are! Ready for an aquatic adventure.

Fish in a Bowl Coloring Page |

Click on the picture to get a Free Fish in a Bowl Coloring Page

Fish in a Bowl Coloring Page |

I love to make projects that are inexpensive and, use recycled and upcycled household products.   Do you have other craft ideas using toilet paper rolls or any other recycled product?  Did you like this Paper Roll Fish in a Bowl? Please comment below.  I would love to hear from you.

2 thoughts on “Paper Roll Fish in a Bowl

  1. Pingback: 30 Great Ways to Re-Use Empty Toilet Paper Tubes

  2. This is an adorable project… and thank you for including the coloring page!! I can hardly wait to make this with my grandchildren, aged 5 and 9. I am not very good with crafts, but this one I can manage 🙂 Most of the time, I provide materials and instructions and my daughter has the artistic flair and talent. Thanks again!

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