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Door Dec: Aquarium (Paper Plate)

In Door Decs on February 8, 2012 at 2:49 AM

Aquarium Door Dec

This is an easy door dec idea, but it does take a while to complete all of the parts and it does have drying time. A fairly long project, best suited for a small number of residents.

Materiel Needed:*
Fish/Sea Horse Templates
1 Paper Plate
Green Construction Paper
2 More Colors of Construction Paper  (for fish and seahorse)
Computer Paper
Blue Paint
Glitter Glue
Paint Brush
*For 1 door dec, increase materiel per number of residents.

Step 1: Place your paper plate upside down and paint the back of it blue. Don’t worry about the color being even or perfect, imperfections help it look like water. Set aside to dry

Step 2: Using the templates, trace and cut out a sea horse and a fish. Add an eye, a smile, and decorate with glitter glue. Set aside to dry.

So many fish….

Step 3: Cut out strips of green construction paper in a wavy pattern. Trim your strips so that each one is around 2-3 inches long. Set aside.

Step 4: Using your scissors, carefully cut out the center of your paper plate. You will not use the center of the plate for this project, so you should be more concerned with getting a smooth cut on the “ring” of the paper plate.

Step 5: Lay the paper plate ring over a piece of computer paper so that the ring is hanging over the edge of the paper. Adjust so that the edge of paper is where you want the “sand/rocks” to be in your final door dec. Trace the bottom of the ring onto the paper and cut out. Add seaweed to the aquarium floor.

Step 6: Put it all together. Using your tape, attach your aquarium floor to the back of the ring.  Then, lay your aquarium face down to add the fishies. Place the fish and sea horse where you would like them and connect them to the top of the aquarium with a piece of thread. Flip your aquarium right side up, add the name, and decorate! 🙂

Source: Christine Albain, Valparaiso University


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