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Cardboard Angler Fish

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Once again I have to give credit to an amazing site called Krokotak.com. This Angler fish project is just too clever with its underbite, spike teeth and pipe cleaner antennae.


  • 16″ square of cardboard cut in half
  • Paper cutter, old school style with arm that can chop (recommended)
  • Utility scissors
  • Black Sharpie marker, chisel tip
  • Tempera cake paints
  • Pipe cleaner
  • Food skewers


  1. PREP: Use a paper cutter to cut rectangles that are 8″ x 16″. For young students, cut the notched tail and mouth.
  2. Students draw a design on their fish with a pencil.
  3. The design is traced with a thick black Sharpie marker.
  4. Students use tempera paint to fill in the designs. Let dry.
  5. Students retrace the lines to cover any paint that got on them.
  6. The skewers are used to poke holes in the mouth where students want their teeth to be. The end of the skewer is broken off and stuck in the hole.
  7. A skewer is also used to poke a hole where the pipe cleaner is to be placed. The pipe cleaner is curled and placed in the hole.