You’ve got the fish window curtains, fish shower curtain, even the fish rug. If fish are prominent in your bathroom you might be in the market for some fish decor pieces. Don’t grab the nearest catalog or log on to a fish-theme website; make some fish crafts yourself and you’ll invest very little time, effort or money. Not only that, but you’ll have unique fish decor that no one else owns because you made it from things you chose yourself.
One fish craft you can do that’s easy and inexpensive is a bar of soap fish. Although you won’t actually carve the soap into a fish shape – that’s too much work – you’ll still create a soap dish full of unique fish soaps. Cut pictures of fish from magazines and glue them to chosen bars of soap. The best soaps are ones that have a flat top without logos or indentations. The best pictures to use are glossy types from a magazine or calendar cover. Water down ordinary white glue a little bit and brush it onto the soap. Position the picture then paint the picture with the glue. After it dries, apply another and another coat of glue, each time, waiting until the previous coat dries completely. These soaps not only look fabulous but are actually useable. The pictures just disintegrate slowly after several uses. If you want to make them quickly, and you don’t care about the picture holding up for several washes, you can apply just one coat of glue on the soap and one coat over the top of the picture.
Use soap in another manner to make a completely different type of fish. Choose a round or oval shaped bar of soap to begin. One with an aromatic scent will be nice since the finished fish will be on display in the bathroom and can double as an air freshener. Cut a square of netting to match the shade of the soap, if possible. For example: pink soap covered in pink netting. If you can’t match the soap and the netting, that’s okay. The netting piece should be much larger than the soap itself. Start by holding the soap so that one rounded end is facing the netting you hold in the other hand. Push the soap into the center of the netting while then wrapping the netting around the soap. As you wrap the netting bring it all together at the opposite end of the fish. Tie it off with a small, colored rubber band. Spread the netting out to create a large tail for the fish. Glue on wiggly eyes from a craft store and the fish is complete. Or, carry it a little further and cut small fins shapes from flat craft foam. Glue the shapes to the sides of the fish. Make a mouth for the fish by cutting a tiny piece of foam. These fish can be propped up on stacked towels or wash cloths or you can make a stand for them. Purchase a piece of wood and glue on a small-diameter wooden dowel. Poke a hole in the underside of the fish, going through the netting and into the center of the soap. An ice pick or nail work great for making the hole. Slide the fish onto the dowel and stand it on a counter or shelf. Instead of a bar of soap you can use a white Styrofoam ball for this craft. Instead of a piece of netting you can use a washcloth.
Make a fish toothbrush holder by starting with a large Styrofoam ball. Paint the ball or leave it in its original state of white. To paint it select a type of paint that is compatible with Styrofoam. Some paints will melt Styrofoam so check the label before selecting the paint you want. Glue on wiggly eyes to begin making the face. Cut a tiny slit where the mouth will go. Use flat craft foam to make the mouth. To do this, cut two heart shapes from the foam. Add a little glue to the tip of the hearts and insert them into the slits on the ball. Cut a tail shape from foam and cut a slit where the tail will go. Add some glue to the tail and insert it into the slit. Cut fin shapes from foam and glue them to the sides of the fish. Glue the fish to a painted wooden piece to complete. Use a chosen object to poke holes in the fish’s “back” for the toothbrushes. Instead of making a toothbrush holder, cut slits in the ball, and it can hold combs. Make much larger holes in it to make a brush holder. Insert long pieces of bendable wire, curl the ends, and you’ll make a fish jewelry holder.
Use pieces of fish-theme fabric to make all sorts of holders and organizers for the bathroom. Cut the bottom section off of a Pringles can, wrap it in the fish material, and you’ve got a holder for cotton swabs, cotton balls and tweezers or other implements. Cut a fish picture from the cloth, glue it onto a glass jar, and you’ve made a different type of organizer or decanter.
Make fanciful bottles and jars to decorate the bathroom by simply wrapping them in yarn or cord. Use empty wine bottles, plastic bottles, Styrofoam cups and similar objects. As you wind the yarn or cord around it, glue it in place, here and there. After the item is completely covered simply glue on a fish novelty from a craft store. Instantly, the cheap bottle looks very elegant, unique and costly. You don’t need lots of money to create a fish theme bathroom. You also don’t need much time. A quick visit to the nearest craft store and you’ll be able to make many different fish crafts in a single afternoon!