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many handmade greeting cards of bubble fish art neatly lined up in a few rows

Bubble Fish Art!

By Brenda Ponnay

What’s more summery than a bunch of fish swimming in some frothy waves? With some soap and some paint and a lot of hot air you can make these really cute cards too.

supplies for bubble fish art on tabletop (paint, brushes, straws, paper plates, soap, envelopes, baking dishes)

Supplies you’ll need for the craft:

1. cheap non-toxic acrylic paint (water-based children’s paint is safest)
2. dish soap
3. water
4. straws
5. card stock cut into folded cards (and envelopes too if you want to make stationery)

Tutorial for making paint bubbles broken down into four photos: supplies, how to make the bubble soap solution, blowing with a straw, and dipping the cardstock

How to Make Bubble Fish Art

First you need to make your bubble solution. This is really easy and you can tweak your concoction any which way to make the most bubbles but a good start is 2 tablespoons of paint, 2 tablespoons of regular dish-washing soap and about a cup of water. We didn’t really measure. You just need enough water to be able to blow bubbles in.

glass dish with blue Paint, blue soap, and water added to make to paint for bubbles

We started with blue because we wanted to make a frothy ocean for our bubbly fish to swim in.

four girls leaning over a table and making paint blue bubbles

Special Note:

Now for the fun part: BLOW BUBBLES! You know all those times you got after your kids for blowing bubbles in their milk? Well, now they can blow as many bubbles as they want! They can give themselves a headache from blowing if they want. Blow that place up! Just make sure they know to blow out and not suck in.

We had a sucking-in incident but it wasn’t that big of a deal. We just rinsed the little one’s mouth out with water and she never said a colorful bad word again! Just kidding. But seriously, it wasn’t a big deal. Just make sure your paint is non-toxic. (So yeah, this craft is not for (especially young) kids who can’t blow through a straw without sucking in.)

two school aged girls blowing paint blue bubbles through straws onto a card to make a craft

Once you have a lot of bubbles, take your card and catch as many bubbles on the front of the card as you can. The bubbles will pop on the paper and create really interesting circle patterns. The more paint you have in your solution the darker your bubbles will be. Repeat until you are satisfied with your ocean scene.

girl holding cardstock up with bubble art blown on it

When it’s wet it will look like the card above. When it’s dry it will look like the card below.

teen girl with glasses holding up cardstock with blue bubble art on paper

Pretty neat, right? Now set them aside to dry completely and get started on making your color solutions for the fish!

soapy red paint water in glass dishpan with plastic straws and paint brush strewn about
two photos of young girls blowing soap paint bubbles through straws. one is blowing orange bubbles and the other is blowing pink ones.

Just remember, even though the paint might look tasty, don’t drink it!

bubble fish art

We used the scraps from cutting the cards for making little cards that the fish will be cut from later after it dries.

close-up of hand drawing eyes and mouth with pen onto pink and orange paper fish art

Once everything is dry, cut little fish shapes and feel free to embellish with eyes and smiles.

bubble fish art on a paper card with expressive faces drawn onto the fish

Then glue your fish onto your cards to create a fun ocean scene.

cards of handmade bubble fish art in yellow pink and green on blue water background with envelope addressed to PenPal at 123 Summer Lane

Snail mail anyone?


bubble fish art wrapped in twine as a gift

Or package a bunch up and give away as a gift!

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About the Author

Brenda Ponnay

Brenda Ponnay is an author and illustrator who loves to craft and make big messes when she’s not working on her books. Whether it’s painting, baking, drawing, making castles out of card...

Brenda Ponnay is an author and illustrator who loves to craft and make big messes when she’s not working on her books. Whether it’s painting, baking, drawing, making castles out of cardboard boxes or just doing the laundry with flair, Brenda Ponnay has learned that what really makes her happy is being creative every single day.

You can read about all her crazy adventures on her personal blog: Secret Agent Josephine.

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