DIY Envelope Fish Puppet

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We created fish puppets for a final craft project during Bible School. I thought it would be easier to split the entry into two different posts. Let’s get started with a step-by-step tutorial. Let’s get started.

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Materials include scissors, any type of envelope and a marker. (I have two envelopes here, because I was going to create two at once. But my plans were taken over by my assistant.)

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Seal the back of the envelope.

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Trim one edge of the envelope.

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Create a short fold on the opposite end from your cut. This will be your mouth. The longer your fold, the wider the mouth.

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Stick your hand inside of the envelope and invert the fold with your free hand.

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Pinch the fold together creating a mouth.

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Your mouth will be uneven. I like to call these dimples. You want your puppet to have character.

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But you also want to even out the mouth as best you can.

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This is your puppet before any cuts.

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Flatten your puppet to prepare to cut its fins.

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Make two symmetrical cuts toward the mouth.

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Cut a wavy fishtail.

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Refold along the lines of the original envelope to cut the top and bottom fins.

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I cut one jagged for the top and a little one for the belly of the fish.

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Peel open the fins on the side.

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Fluff the top and bottom fins.

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And eyes and decorate.

That’s it! So easy.

It helps to have a random assortment of envelopes on hand, as well as pictures of fish to provide inspiration. There are a lot of varieties of fish out there just waiting to inspire your budding artist.

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