Fish-Themed Decorating Projects

Create schools of fish and a blowfish mirror for a kid's room with these step-by-step instructions.

School of Fish

rxr2212_3_paintedfish

rxr2212_3_paintedfish

Materials and Tools:

masonite
jigsaw with scroll blade (or scroll saw)
220-grit sandpaper
tack cloth or rags
primer
paint
paintbrushes
small saw-tooth picture hangers
hammer

Steps:

1. Draw the desired fish designs on paper, and then trace them onto the masonite pieces.

2. Cut each out using a jigsaw with a scroll blade attached. The scroll blade makes it easier to follow the traced line. Take your time, and don't push the blade — let it work for you. Or cut the pieces out with a scroll saw, which provides precision cuts and almost eliminates the need for sanding after cutting.

3. Lightly sand the edges of the pieces. Remove the dust with a tack cloth or damp rag.

4. Prime the fish and let dry. Paint as desired and let dry.

5. Attach a saw-tooth picture hanger to the back of the each fish and use nails to hang them.

rxr2212_4_blowfishmirror

rxr2212_4_blowfishmirror

Blowfish Mirror

Materials and Tools:

2-foot round mirror
MDF (medium-density fiberboard) panel
jigsaw
compass
220-grit sandpaper
router
construction adhesive
picture-hanging wire and hooks
primer
paint
paintbrush

Steps:

1. Use the same technique as above to cut the shape of a blowfish out of the MDF.

2. Draw a circle that measure 23 inches in diameter in the center and cut it out with a jigsaw. Use a router with a round-over bit to soften the outer edge of the circle with one quick pass. Lightly sand the edges and remove the dust.

3. To mount the mirror on the reverse side of the board, use the router with a straight bit to cut an inset groove for the mirror to rest on. Run a bead of construction adhesive along the groove and place the mirror in position. Push lightly to set it in place.

4. Prime and paint the frame as desired. Let dry.

5. Attach picture-hanging wire to the back with hooks. 

rxr2212_5_fishtopper

rxr2212_5_fishtopper

School-of-Fish Topper

Materials and Tools:

masonite
jigsaw with scroll blade (or scroll saw)
220-grit sandpaper
tack cloth or rags
primer
paint
paintbrushes
small saw-tooth picture hangers
hammer
scrap blocks
screws
drill
1-by-4-inch boards
L-brackets

Steps:

1. Follow the same steps for the fish project above to make a school of fish on a board of masonite, and paint as desired. Cut more single fish out, and once painted, screw them to the board with a small block behind the fish to add dimension. Cover the screw with paint to disguise it. Mount 1-by-4 pine boards to the back with L-brackets.

2. Attach L-brackets to the wall and secure the mounting board to them from below to hold the topper in place. Hang more fish on the walls to add to the effect.

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