This activity can take as short or long as you like in time. You can even add paddle pop sticks to some fish and stage your own aquarium puppet theatre.


  • 1 cardboard box
  • or 2 paper plates
  • coloured paper
  • coloured cardboard
  • crepe paper
  • clear cellophane
  • shells
  • sand
  • string
  • scissors
  • glue


  1. Assemble box but leave or cut out a section at the front for viewing.
  2. Cut out ocean creatures and hang them from string from the top of the box (inside).
  3. Make seaweed out of green and brown crepe paper. You can fold in a zig zag pattern or crunch the crepe for added effect. Hang from top of box and place some at the bottom of the box to represent the sea floor.
  4. You may wish to sprinkle with some sand on the bottom of the box(inside) or if this is to messy just place shells.
  5. You may like to paint or draw bubbles. Place a sunken boat or deep sea diver into your aquarium.
  6. Most of all have fun and be inventive.
  7. To make with paper plates. Cut the middle out of one paper plate. Use the second paper plate as the backing for the aquarium, this is the paper plate that you stick your fish and sea creatures onto. Now cover with second plate. You may wish to cover the entire paper plate with clear cellophane the choice is yours.


Children can have hours upon hours of fun with this simple craft idea.

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  • cherz
    • 17 May 2014
      6:18 pm

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  • My kids would love making this


  • Love this! Cool and creative way to have a fish tank without having to worry about feeding and cleaning


  • This is so cool! What a great idea!


  • Watch Nemo then the kids could reinact it like a play (after making the aquarium of course). Thanks.


  • looks like lots of fun to make


  • Very cute and fun! Thanks for sharing.


  • this is a great project for the holidays thanks


  • This is so cute. My children will love it.


  • This looks like fun! You could even put sand with glue on the star fish.


  • Oh that is just too cute


  • Awesome! Love this!


  • Lovely creative idea, fun for all the family.

    • We have had so much fun with these type of craft projects – don’t need big $ for fun.


  • i have made one of these before but i cut out the front of a box and put blue cellophane in the “window” it was fun to make with the kids and they loved it! tape green streamers from the roof and you have seaweed

    • That’s a neat suggestion to make seaweed.

      • cool thanks for saying that. it was my children’s idea lol


  • Simple yet lots of fun for the kids.


  • These look fantastic, I know my daughters preschool would love to make these.


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