Make a whimsical fish sculpture from a coconut palm with these simple steps.
Materials and Tools:
parrot and turkey feathers
artist's acrylic paints (in tubes)
silver metallic acrylic craft paint
cordless power drill
hot-glue gun and glue
1. Sketch a fish design on paper.
2. Based on the sketch, cut out paper templates for the tail fin, top and mid fins.
3. Cut a seedpod from a coconut tree with a handsaw.
5. Drill two holes in the back of the fish body for attaching a bead-and-button fish eye. Drill a hole in the mouth of the fish for attaching a fishhook.
6. Sand the edges of the pod smooth with sandpaper.
7. Cut the flexible bark from the palm tree for the fins. Place the fin templates on the bark and cut around it with scissors.
9. Paint highlights on the fish body with blue, purple and rose-colored artist acrylic paints.
11. Hot-glue the fins and tail onto the edge of the fish body.
12. Stack a bead on top of a button and thread a piece of wire through the holes. Attach the wire to the two holes drilled in the body of the fish for the eye. Twist the wires on the back of the fish body to hold the eye in place.
14. Cut a piece of wire for the fishhook and thread it through the drilled hole in the mouth of the fish. Twist the wires on the back to secure the hook in place.
15. Attach screw eyes and wire on the back for hanging the sculpture.