Search Term

Enter a search term (optional)


Select One (optional)

Difficulty Level

Select One (optional)

Estimated Cost

Select One (optional)


Select as many as you like (optional)

  • Fabric Crafts
  • Paper Crafts
  • Craft Foam
  • Pipe Cleaner Crafts
  • Clay & Sculpting
  • Nature Crafts
  • Wood Crafts
  • Beads & Jewelry
  • Recycled Crafts
  • Painting & Coloring
  • Food Crafts
  • Plastic
  • Mixed Media/Miscellaneous
Time to complete

Select One (optional)

Primary Technique

Select One (optional)


Select One (optional)


Select as many as you like (optional)

  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Fall
  • Winter
Age Group

Select as many as you like (optional)

  • Toddlers
  • Preschool & Kindergarten
  • Elementary School
  • Pre-Teens
  • Teens


Free Offer
11 Teacher-Approved Crafts for School

Excite your students with these clever, teacher-approved crafts from this FREE eBook! Get ready for the school year and start planning some school crafts for kids to make over the summer.

Bonus: Get our newsletter & special offers for free. We will not share or sell your email address. View our Privacy Policy

Magic Molded Fish

By: STYROFOAMâ„¢ Brand Foam

By wrapping air-dry molding compound around foam eggs, you and your kids can create all their favorite under the sea stars!  These fun fish craft projects are a great opportunity to teach your kids about undersea life or just have a good time.

Clay magic Fish Craft for Kids


  • STYROFOAM Brand Foam:
    • Egg, size of choice (2 1/2", 3" and 4" shown here)
  • Air-dry modeling compound, two or more colors (your choice)
  • Two wiggle eyes, 10mm
  • Pony beads, color of choice, two (for larger fish)
  • Plastic-coated paper clip
  • Scissors
  • Rolling pin
  • Pencil
  • Wire cutters
  • Ruler
  • White, thick craft glue
  • Fishing line, Nylon


Note: Read all instructions before beginning project. Adult supervision required.

  1. For small fish, use rolling pin to roll two 2" balls of modeling compound ("clay") into 1/8" thick, 5" diameter circles. For larger fish, use two 3" balls rolled to 1/8" thick, 6" diameter circles. One circle will cover each half of fish. Turn circles over several times while rolling to prevent sticking. Use one color (fish shown at bottom, accented with second color) or several colors depending upon desired effect:
  2. Marbled Fish (shown at top)
    For each circle, roll equal amounts of two colors into long ropes. Twist ropes together, fold in half, and roll to 1/8" thickness. Repeat.
  3. Striped Fish (shown at left)
    Roll two large circles of different colors to 1/4" thickness. Cut each circle into 1"-wide strips. Re-form circles, alternating colors. Press seams together and roll again to 1/8" thickness.
  4. Multicolored Fish (shown at right)
    Place thin strips of additional colors on top of main color while rolling out circles.
  5. Drape one circle over one lengthwise half of foam egg, with wide end of egg 1/4" from circle edge. Matching seams at center and aligning stripes/colors, cover remaining egg half with second circle. Press circles together around egg, pressing out air bubbles.
  6. Using photo as guide, gently mark nose, fins, and tail with pencil. Use scissors to cut away excess clay. Press seams together. If desired, use clay scraps to create side fins; press to body.
  7. For small fish, glue and press wiggle eyes directly into clay. For large fish, glue wiggle eyes to pony bead before gluing into clay.
  8. Add very thin strips of contrasting color to separate stripes or accent fins. Use pencil to imprint clay surface with gill, mouth, and fin lines. Use fingernail to imprint scales, working from gills to tail.
  9. Use wire cutters to cut coordinating paper clip in half. Insert cut clip ends into top of fish to mark placement, then remove. Glue clip ends into holes. Let fish dry completely.
  10. Cut 12" length from fishing line for hanger. Insert line into clip; knot ends to secure

®™ Trademark of The Dow Chemical Company ("Dow") or an affiliated company of Dow.
For more project ideas, please see

Your Recently Viewed Projects

Free projects, giveaways, exclusive, partner offers, and more straight to your inbox!

Include a Photo Include a Photo

Click the button above or drag and drop images onto the button. You can upload two images.

Cancel Reply to Comment

Thanks for your comment. Don't forget to share!



Report Inappropriate Comment

Are you sure you would like to report this comment? It will be flagged for our moderators to take action.

Thank you for taking the time to improve the content on our site.

Project of the Day

Crochet Heart Sachets

With this easy crochet pattern, you can crochet a heart-shaped sachet to fill with potpourri. These crochet heart sachets would make a… See more

Something worth saving?

Register now for FREE to:

  • SAVE all your favorite crafts
  • ADD personal notes
  • QUICKLY reference your crafts


Connect With Us

Facebook Google Plus Instagram Twitter Pinterest
Twitter Blog Email RSS

About Us Advertise Contact Us FAQ Keyword Index Privacy Policy Share Your Project Subscribe Terms of Service Unsubscribe

---- 1 ----


Images from other crafters

There are currently no images from other crafters.