Textured Foil Goldfish

  • Grades 4-5

Create textured shapes, like scales on a fish, using foil and this bottle cap technique!


  • 25 Pack Assorted Paint Brushes
  • Rainbow Fuzzy Sticks
  • Gold Glitter Glue 8 oz.
  • Acrylic Paint Jars, 24 Assorted colors
  • Plastic Bottle Caps
  • Paper Plate
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Craft Glue
  • Scissors


Step 1. Gather your supplies.



Step 2.


Cut a wedge out of a paper plate to make the mouth of the goldfish.


Step 3.


Using glue, attach the cut wedge to the other side of the plate to make the tail.


Step 4.


Glue bottle caps with the flat side down to the fish to make scales.  The edges of the bottle caps should touching. Depending on the size of the plate you should have room for 2 or more rows of caps.


Step 5.


Next, wrap your fish shape in foil. First, cut a piece of foil and lay on the table with the shiny side down. Lay the fish shape on top with the bottle cap side down. To wrap the fish with the foil, start by cutting the edges of the foil around the bottom of the fish in wide sections, as shown.


Step 6.


Fold the cut edges up, press tight to the plate. Be gently with the foil.  If it rips, you can start over with a new piece.


Step 7.


Repeat steps 5-6 on the top of the fish.


Step 8.


Continue wrapping all the other areas of the fish. Tip: for the mouth, cut the foil straight down the middle and fold the flaps over on both sides to expose the mouth shape.


Step 9.


Turn the fish over and gently run your fingers over the bottle caps, the texture of the bottle caps will look like the scales!


Step 10.


To make the fish’s eye, glue a Wiggly Eye on a bottle cap and then glue to the fish.


Step 11.


Paint the fish and allow to dry.


Step 12.


If desired, decorate the fish further. We added small pieces of Fuzzy Sticks as accents and traces the scale shapes with Glitter Glue. After drying, your textured foil goldfish is complete!