- Step 1: Choose a Pattern and Print It
Choose which fish you want to make. Download and print the pattern.
Print black & white patterns on white paper and then color them in, or simply print
on colored paper. The double-sided patterns are for making double-thickness paper fish
with printed designs on both sides.
Patterns are Adobe PDF files. The
Adobe Reader is available for free.
All of Aunt Annie's project patterns are designed to be printed on standard letter-size paper (8.5"x11" or A4).
When printing from Adobe Reader, you may need to select Auto-Rotate and Center or Choose paper source by PDF page size to ensure the best fit.
- Step 2: Cut Pattern
Cut out one or all of the fish on the black outlines.
For the double-sided patterns, cut out the rectangles surrounding
each pair of fishes on the gray outline. Fold the paper in half
along the middle gray line, carefully matching corners. Glue the two
halves together. After the glue is dry, cut out the fish on the black
- Step 3: Decorate (optional)
If you like, decorate your paper fish with colored pencils,
crayons or markers on the front and back. Color the fish with
colored stripes going sideways across the body. Or, try swirls or
curlicues going across in various colors. The head can also be
colored either a solid color or with more stripes.
Tip: You can also cut strips of colored paper to
glue on both sides of the fish.
- Step 4: Cut Tail
Cut the fish tail into four strips by cutting into the body
lengthwise on the three solid lines.
- Step 5: Weave Tail
- Lay the fish with the strips pointing downward.
- Take strip number 3 (from the left) and bring it over strip
number 2 and under strip number 1. The body will poke
outward just at the top of the strips.
- Next, take strip number 4 and bring it under strip number 2
and up over strip number 1.
- Shift the strips slightly as necessary to make them lie
neatly beside one another.
- Using a toothpick, put a dab of glue in between strips 2 and 3, and in between strips
1 and 4. Press together and make sure all the strips
are still lined up nicely.
Your fish is now complete. Display your fish on a shelf or create a
mobile with multiple fish. For a cute package topper, trace the fish pattern onto wrapping paper and complete without coloring.
Step 6: Hang Fish (optional)
Join the fish together with thread and hang them in a window or from
the ceiling. The fish will move with the slightest breeze to the
delight of babies and small children, and will make any room cheerier.
To join the fish, thread a needle with a doubled strand of thread
at least three to four feet long. Knot the end of the thread.
Push the needle from back to front near the top and center of the
fish. Pull the thread through and secure the thread with a small piece
of tape or a dab of glue on the reverse side. Repeat for each fish,
leaving 2" or more between each pair of fish.