Soda Bottle Fish
Posted May 22, 2014 by Elmers
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    Soda Bottle Fish

    Make a tropical fish from an old plastic soda bottle!
    • Moderate
    • 2 hr
    • 6 - 10

    Supplies Needed

    • Elmer’s Glue-All™
    • Plastic Soda Bottle (Any Size)
    • Tissue Paper or Crepe Paper
    • Construction Paper
    • Jiggly Eyes
    • String
    • Bowl
    • Paper Clip


    • Talk about fish with your students. Have students brainstorm a list of many different kinds of fish. Ask students to list the characteristics that make fish unique, such as they use gills to breathe and they lay eggs. Have each student select a type of fish and find one or two interesting facts to share with the rest of the class.
    • Discuss food chains and food webs with your students. Have students draw an underwater food chain scene. Ask students to label the food chain to explain the different animals and their relationships with one another.
    • Have students write a tall tale about a giant fish that refused to be caught. Ask students to share their stories with one another and then post them around the classroom.


    1. Tear colored tissue paper or crepe paper into strips about 4 or 5 inches wide.
    2. Make a solution that is ½ Elmer’s Glue-All™ and ½ water in a small bowl.
    3. Dip the strips of paper into the mixture. Drape the strips of paper over the bottle length-wise. Cover the entire bottle. Let the glue dry completely.
    4. Dip small pieces of paper into the solution and wrap them around the top rim of the bottle. Tuck the paper inside the bottle. This will be the fish’s lips.
    5. Create scales by ripping tissue paper into small bits and dipping them in the glue-water solution. Apply them liberally all over the fish’s body. Let the glue dry completely.
    6. Cut out colorful fin shapes from the tissue paper. Dip them in the solution and attach them to the fish. Create a large fan-shaped tail and attach it to the base of the bottle. Let the glue dry completely.
    7. Attach a pair of Jiggly Eyes with glue. Let the glue dry completely.
    8. et the fish dry completely. Have an adult help you punch two small holes—about an inch apart—in the top side of the bottle. Unbend a paper clip into an “S” shape. Attach a piece of string to the paper clip. Thread the paper clip through one of the holes and out the other.
    9. Hang up your fish and enjoy!

    Time-Saving Hints:

    • You will be able to cover only about half of the fish with glue paper at a time. Drape half of the bottle with paper and let it dry. Then, finish the other half.


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