Good-luck Goldfish

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Good-luck Goldfish
Total Time afternoon or evening Ages all-ages

Welcome the Chinese New Year with these colorful, sun-catching goldfish, a traditional Chinese symbol of good fortune.

What you'll need

  • Tissue paper
  • Goldfish template
  • Plastic wrap
  • Glue
  • Scissors

How to make it

  1. Good-luck Goldfish - Step 1

    To make one, first draw a large goldfish outline with a 1/2-inch-thick border on an 8 1/2- by 11-inch sheet of colored card stock and cut it out. (You can also print a template.)

  2. Good-luck Goldfish - Step 2

    For the scales, fold a 1- by 6-inch strip of colored tissue paper in half 3 times. Leaving the folded sides uncut, trim the paper into a crescent shape, then unfold the paper for a chain of colorful, wavelike shapes. Repeat with as many colors as you like.

  3. Good-luck Goldfish - Step 3

    Next, tape a large piece of plastic wrap to your work surface and slip the fish outline underneath it. Use a paintbrush to spread white glue onto the wrap. Lay the tissue paper strips vertically over the fish, trimming them as needed, overlapping them and alternating colors for a vibrant mix of scales. Gently brush more glue over the tissue paper strips once they're in place.

  4. Good-luck Goldfish - Step 4

    When you've covered the fish, remove the outline from beneath the plastic and set it in place atop the scales. Add more glue for a stronger hold, if necessary. Let the glue dry overnight, then trim the excess tissue paper and plastic wrap from around the fish and hang it in a window.

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