How to Make Rainbow Fish Ornaments

Rainbow Fish Ornaments

Are you a fan of the classic children’s book, The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister? From the very cover you can tell what an amazingly beautiful book it is. I know you’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover but I really love the artwork. The book is beautiful both inside and out. Since The Rainbow Fish is one of our go-to books we read again and again, I wanted to make some special Rainbow Fish ornaments.

While these ornaments are dazzling, they’re actually pretty simple to make. They are perfect to make with a class, for homeschool, or as a fun project at home on a rainy day.

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Inspiration

I was inspired to make these salt dough ornaments because I saw a really cool pin on Pinterest for Rainbow Fish play dough. I thought it was super cool but at the same time, it would last one session. We had recently made cinnamon salt dough Christmas ornaments and I decided why not make some beautiful Rainbow Fish ornaments for our Christmas tree this year? These ornaments are so beautiful and they’re perfect for your Christmas tree or just to keep and admire all year round.

We recently did a paper plate Rainbow Fish and every time we do a paper plate craft my son asks if we are making another rainbow fish. Since my kids enjoyed the other craft so much I decided that we should definitely do another.

About the book

I love that some children’s books are just classics. While, there are some really fun children’s books out there, it is really special to be able to read your child a book that you remember from your childhood. My mom even saved a few books that I loved and kept them in a trunk for years and years. I remember loving The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Richard Scarry’s Busy World, and of course The Rainbow Fish.

The Rainbow Fish has such a wonderful message about the importance of sharing and friendship.

What supplies and ingredients do you need to make Rainbow Fish ornaments?

To make these ornaments you will need:

  • All purpose flour
  • Salt
  • Warm water
  • Blue food coloring
  • Fish shaped cookie cutter
  • Tooth pick or straw (to poke a hole in the top of the dough)
  • Twine or string
  • Sequins
  • Googly eyes
  • Hot glue gun

How long will these ornaments last for?

If you store these ornaments properly (in an air tight container) they will last for years.

Are these ornaments toxic?

While the dough for the ornaments doesn’t taste good, it’s not toxic. It just doesn’t taste very good. If your child tries some they will probably just spit it out due to how salty it is. Use caution with the small sequins and googly eyes as they are choking hazards for small children.

How do I make these ornaments?

To make these ornaments first begin by gathering all of your supplies. Then, measure out the ingredients for the salt dough, you will need:

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 5 drops of blue food coloring*
  • Fish shaped cookie cutter

*You may need more or less blue food coloring depending on what brand you use. Be sure to use less and mix the food coloring well before adding more. You can always add more, but you can’t take any out!

Begin by preheating your oven to 200 degrees. Next, in a large bowl add the flour, salt, and warm water. Add a few blue food coloring drops at a time until you reach the desired colored.

Rainbow Fish Ornaments

Mix all the ingredients with a large spoon until well mixed. Next, roll the dough out on a clean table or surface and flatten it with your hands. If desired, spray your hands with a little cooking spray to avoid the dough sticking. Have your child use the fish shaped to create your fish.

Rainbow Fish Ornaments

Next, spray a baking sheet with non-stick spray (I also used aluminum foil for an easier cleanup). Using a toothpick or straw poke holes towards the top of your fish so that you’ll be able to poke a string through your ornament later to hang it up. Bake at 200 degrees for two hours.

Rainbow Fish Ornaments

Once your fish ornaments are done baking and cooled. Add the googly eyes and sequins using a hot glue gun.

Rainbow Fish Ornaments

While these salt dough ornaments aren't edible, they're a lot of fun! They are easily made with items in your kitchen.
Course Ornaments
Cuisine Just for fun
Keyword Rainbow Fish ornaments
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Servings 8 ornaments
Author Two Pink Peonies
Cost $3

Equipment

  • Fish shaped cookie cutter
  • Mixing bowl
  • Baking sheet

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 5 drops blue food coloring you may need more or less depending on the brand of food coloring you use. Always start with just a few drops.

Instructions

  • Begin by preheating your oven to 200 degrees. Next, in a large bowl add the flour, salt, and warm water.
  • Add a few blue food coloring drops at a time until you reach the desired colored.
  • Mix all the ingredients with a large spoon until well mixed. Next, roll the dough out on a clean table or surface and flatten it with your hands. If desired, spray your hands with a little cooking spray to avoid the dough sticking.
  • Have your child use the fish shaped to create your fish.
  • Next, spray a baking sheet with non-stick spray (I also used aluminum foil for an easier cleanup).
  • Using a toothpick or straw poke holes towards the top of your fish so that you'll be able to poke a string through your ornament later to hang it up.
  • Bake at 200 degrees for two hours.
  • Once your fish ornaments are done baking and cooled. Add the googly eyes and sequins using a hot glue gun.

Be sure to check out the Toddler & Preschool Activities group on Facebook for even more ideas.

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