Now that I’ve used this fish template to decorate two separate Vacation Bible School events, I thought my simple fish outline cutout should have its own blog post.
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Made with colorful construction paper or cardstock, these cute fish shape cutouts are an easy way to decorate a large area.
Pair them with green streamers for seaweed and you can create a spectacular under-the-sea wonderland in no time.
Fish Template in Action
When you have a whole church to decorate for a certain theme, you need to find ways to dress up large areas for cheap.
I wanted a simple shape for the fish outline that was easy to cut out by hand and that everyone could use to give a splash of color to the walls in their area.
This is how we used the fish cutout template the first time around:
I was able to cover large areas of walls going over bulletin boards and obstacles for a stunning look.
Now we’re 5 years later for another Vacation Bible School and the school of fish still looks amazing:
As you can see, both times I also created a colorful coral reef that’s a whole lot easier to make than you’d think.
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How to use your Printable Fish Template
The fish template is a printable pdf with a simple outline of a fish shape available as a free download in the library for my newsletter subscribers.
Obviously, you need a ton of fish, but you don’t want to print the template on each piece of cardstock. That would simply take way too long.
And cutting hundreds of fish with a Cricut isn’t going to be fun or time efficient either.
Instead, do this:
- Print one fish on the thickest cardstock you can get your hands on and trim it until it’s the perfect shape. This is now your template.
- Then, stack up 5 to 10 pieces of colorful paper or cardstock and put the fish template on top.
- Then trace the fish shape on to the top paper.
- Remove the fish template and cut all 5-10 papers at once following the outline.
Tada! Now you have a bunch of fish in just a couple of minutes!
How many fish you can cut in one go will depend on how thick your paper is and how good your scissors are. I recommend using bright cardstock but construction paper, or colorful copy paper would work too.
Give the template and paper to 3 or 4 of your friends and you’re in business! A massive, paper fish assembly line!
How to get the school of fish on the wall
You’ll need a ton of glue dots.
I typically buy these adhesive dots in bulk and also use them as balloon dots when I make a balloon garland.
Two glue dots per fish seemed to do it. One towards the front and one in the middle of the tail.
The schools of fish survived the whole week of VBS with only a few casualties. Though by the final day, I did notice that a few had grown silly eyes and smiling faces.
More Under the Sea Decorations
The large schools of colorful fish were not the only under-the-sea decorations we used for Vacation Bible School.
We had several talented people working on the decorations. and I chronicled most of them in my amazing under-the-sea decorations post.
You’ll find ways to make water with plastic tablecloths, coral reefs with pool noodles, sea creatures with paper plates, and more.
I also have a full tutorial on how to make this bright coral reef decoration with easy materials.
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If mermaids are more your style, I invite you to also check out this amazing mermaid party setup made with my full mermaid party printable set.
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