Water Bottle Fish Mobile

My son had been asking for a mobile for his room after seeing a picture of one Alexander Calder had created. We grabbed some plastic water bottles from the recycling bin and created a cool and colorful fish mobile.

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Step-by-step tutorial

  • Step 1

    We scoured the backyard for the perfect branch.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 1

  • Step 2

    I then spray painted the branch white with red stripes to represent a piece of coral. To cut down on the mess, I spray pained outside on some newspaper.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 2

  • Step 3

    We then twisted the bottom half of each of the water bottles to create the fish's tail.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 3

  • Step 4

    We put glue and water in a plastic container and mixed it up.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 4

  • Step 5

    We cut the tissue paper into small squares.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 5

  • Step 6

    My son placed the tissue square on the water bottle a square at a time and painted the water glue mixture on top of each square.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 6

  • Step 7

    When the center section of the bottle was covered with tissue squares, we glued a googly eye to each side of the bottle.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 7

  • Done!

    I threaded the fish line onto a needle. The fishing line was then seedw with a single stitch into each of the water bottles to create a line to hang the fish off of. After each fish was given a string, the other end of the fishing line was tied to the branch. We used different lengths of fishing line for each fish so the fish would hang at different levels. Some lovely "flying fish," aren't they?!

    Photo reference of how to complete step 8

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