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Quilled Paper Goldfish Craft

This quilled paper goldfish craft is perfect for kids who love quilling and animals! Why not make some of these as a tribute to your pet goldfish!

goldfish craft with paper

Fish crafts are hugely popular at any time of the year! Previously I have made some cute dolphins from paper

Fish and sea life in general are very vibrant. There are so many different species of fish that come in different sizes and colors. 

You can use this craft as a learning theme on pets or creatures that live in water! If you like all things sea why not try some of my easy ocean crafts

It is really amazing what you can put together with some colored craft papers! I have started to teach my 5 year old how to quill and follow craft tutorials.

The quilling procedure below shows step by step instructions on how to make a goldfish from paper.

goldfish craft with paper

Quilled Paper Goldfish Craft


  • 1. White cardstock paper.
  • 2. Quilling papers.
  • 3. Quilling tools.
  • 4. Pencil.
  • 5. Ruler.
  • 6. Scissors.
  • 7. Glue.


Step 1

Gather all the listed supplies.
Cut out the goldfish shape from the PDF template

Quilled goldfish craft process

Step 2:

Take a yellow quilling strip and glue it on the neck area to separate the neck and body. Glue the strip along the line on the template.

This will help you make the goldfish neatly and keep the quilling patterns inside the fish as opposed to over the edge.

Step 3:

Then, take an orange quilling strip and glue it all around the head and body of the goldfish excluding the tail area.

Step 4:

Take two 4 inches long yellow quilling strips and one 4 inches long orange quilling strip. Glue the ends together to make a long strip. If you chose the bigger goldfish from the template you will need to take longer strips.

quilled goldfish craft tutorial

Step 5:

Roll the strip into a slightly loose coil.

how to quill paper

Step 6:

Glue the coil on the goldfish’s head area.

Step 7:

Now take more colourful quilling strips, glue them horizontally on the tail and fin.

Step 8:

Make single tear-drop shapes using quilling strips and then glue them in between the previous strips.

how to make a paper goldfish

Step 9:

For this step, make swirly ended quilling strips. Glue them on the body part of the goldfish.

Step 10:

Fill in the rest of the gaps using tight colourful quilling coils.

goldfish craft for kids

Step 11:

Finish it off by gluing the googly eyes on the goldfish

My quilled fish is rainbow colored but can be made in any color you like. In fact you can make lots of them and put them in a goldfish bowl.  All you need to do is draw a large bowl and stick them inside it! Why not encourage your kids to give them names as if they are a pretend pet!

Can you think what else they might draw inside their goldfish bowl? How about some algae or fish food. These are great ways to use this craft to stimulate your child’s imagination and encourage creativity!

You can also stick them onto a front of some cardstock and use them for a greeting card. 

Here is the printable PDF goldfish template:-

Goldfish craft template

If you like quilling why not try my Hot Air Balloon Paper Craft

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