Fun Paper Angelfish Craft with Free Printable Template!

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With this adorable Paper Angelfish Craft, you can dive into an amazing aquatic adventure and play with this charming angelfish in your own home! This cute angelfish is super easy to make, you just need some construction paper and few other simple craft supplies and you’re ready to go. It’s a fun under the sea craft project for kids of all ages!

Fun Paper Angelfish Craft with Free Printable Template!

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Paper Angelfish Craft

This cute under the sea craft is great for improving those cutting skills, learning how to follow instructions, and an opportunity to talk about different creatures that live in the ocean.

To make a paper angelfish, all you will need is some construction/craft paper, scissors, glue, and our free printable template.





Once assembled, you can use the Angelfish for roleplaying, learning about the creature (check our facts below to get you started!), building an aquarium or ocean scene, or hanging from the ceiling!

Facts About Angelfish

  • There are both freshwater and marine angelfish.
  • The most familiar-looking, like our angelfish craft, is the freshwater kind and are from the Amazon and various rivers in tropical South America.
  • With their distinctive striped markings and colors, you can’t help but love angelfish!
  • They are a much-loved fish in tropical aquariums at home and are one of the most popular too.
  • Angelfish are carnivores in the wild, but omnivores when kept in aquariums as pets. They can live up to 10 years in captivity.
  • Freshwater angelfish can grow to about 6″/15cm and have extra-long fins that look something like the wings on an angel.
  • Marine angelfish are much bigger, growing to 18″/46cm and their bodies are flat and rounded to help them navigate coral reefs easily.
  • Marine angelfish are found in coral reefs in the tropical Atlantic, Indian, and mostly western Pacific Oceans. There are about 86 different species, many with very brightly color striped patterns.
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Materials & Tools Used in This Craft

The full list of materials, tools, and instructions are found in the printable tutorial card at the end of this post. I highly recommend reading the blog post all the way through before starting this project to ensure that you have everything required and understand the steps and timings involved.

You may have several standard craft supplies at home already, but I’ve included links to Amazon below for your convenience.

  • Construction Paper in the following suggested colors: Black, White, Yellow
  • Scissors
  • Glue Stick
  • Angelfish Printable Template
  • You will find the template download links before the tutorial card and surrounded by a purple box. Tap the purple download buttons to save the file(s) to your device.
  • Printables are available in two paper sizes – A4 and US Letter (8.5″ x 11″). Download the size that is appropriate for your printer.

TOP TIP! Print my craft templates in advance and store them in a folder so that you can grab them at a moment’s notice.

Speaking of a moment’s notice, a box of basic craft supplies is also a good thing to have on hand so you can get started on projects without worrying if you have the right stuff!

I’ve compiled a list of craft basics that I think everyone should have – you’ll find them in tips section further down this page. You don’t have to get ALL the things all at once, but building your craft stash will make life a lot easier when the kids are stuck indoors or want to make something last minute!

Build-An-Angelfish - Fun Under the Sea Paper Craft

More Under The Sea Crafts

This Angelfish paper craft is just one of a collection of fun under the sea paper crafts! Here are the others for you to do after this one:

I’ve shared lots of great craft ideas on The Purple Pumpkin Blog over the years, in fact, there are 100+ crafts to make and do at home that you can try!

Paper Angelfish Craft Tips

  • Print the template onto the suggested colored construction paper and cut the pieces out. (But you could use any colors you want!)
  • Why not experiment with different color combinations and make an aquarium of colorful fish?
  • If construction paper won’t go through your printer, you could print onto regular paper and trace around the pieces onto the colored paper/card. You will have to add any detail with a black marker pen.
  • Another option is to print onto white paper and color the pieces in with crayons, pens, paints, or pencils.
  • Or what about making this Angelfish using craft foam? You will have to add any detail with a black marker pen.
  • Cut all the pieces out and lay them where they should go before sticking them down with glue.
  • An optional extra is adding glitter: apply white school glue to the parts you want to add some sparkle, sprinkle glitter on top, shake off the excess and leave to dry.
  • You could also use other embellishments like googly eyes, or sequins to bring this craft to life.
  • If you want to hang up your completed Angelfish you could use a piece of ribbon or string to form a hanging loop and stick to the back (or you could punch a hole at the top and thread the ribbon/string through).
  • Why not use a variety of blue paints to create a water background to mount the paper Angelfish onto?
  • If you plan on making more under-the-sea creatures from this series, you could even paint a large ocean background using a roll of plain/lining paper from the DIY store!
  • Included in the printable are bubbles of various sizes – use these in your artwork as you wish.

Handy Crafting Supplies from Amazon

Having a good basic stash of craft supplies means you can get crafty at a moment’s notice. A lifesaver on rainy days, on snow days, when stuck inside, or when the kids are complaining for the hundredth time that they are bored! I keep a box full of these products below so that when my niece and nephews come to visit we can have a fun creative time together.

If you are short on space to store stuff, why not invest in a craft tote to keep everything together and stash away when not in use? There are many different sizes and styles so buy one (or two) suit your needs. I have a couple of this style tote just for pens and pencils!

Build a Paper Angelfish - Fun Under the Sea Craft

Download the Angelfish Template

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How Do I Make a Paper Angelfish?

Just check out the how-to card below with full materials, tools, instructions, and demonstration photos. You can print the card out too (don’t worry, the pics don’t print to save your ink!).

Paper Angelfish Craft

Paper Angelfish Craft

Yield: 1
Active Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Difficulty: Beginner

This cute angelfish is super easy to make, you just need some construction paper and few other simple craft supplies and you’re ready to go!

Materials

  • Construction Paper in the following suggested colors: Black, White, Yellow
  • Free Printable Template (link in blog post)

Tools

  • Scissors
  • Glue Stick

Instructions

  1. Download the angelfish template and print it onto the suggested color construction paper. Additional bubble template is included to use as you wish.
  2. Cut the pieces out.

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  3. Lay the pieces in the correct order before sticking them down with a glue stick.

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  4. Leave to dry before using (mounting, using role-play, or hanging up).

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  5. Optional - paint a blue ocean background onto a larger piece of paper to mount the angelfish onto!

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