Step-By-Step Photo Instructions for Fish Bowl Valentines!

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and the kiddo classroom v-day exchange is just a few days away! My little girl, Gwen, is in 2nd grade and her class is doing homemade valentines. This is awesome because they’re far more personal than the usual box of store bought Frozen cards with stickers and temporary tattoos.

We totally love DIY projects, that being said, homemade valentines for 18 kids can be pretty time consuming. The one we chose to make seemed to be the cutest while being the least time consuming, and they’re unisex which means they’re great for both boys and girls.

Here are step-by-step photo instructions for the fish bowl valentines that we made for Gwen’s class. She chose the princess pink Goldfish, but you can use the multicolored ones to make them even more gender neutral, or just go totally traditional with actual gold, Goldfish.

Additionally, she definitely colored all of her valentines herself and helped with the construction of them. I just wrote the text and drew the outline of the bowl. This is a really fun project to have your kids fully participate in!

Fish Bowl Valentines:

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Stuff You’ll Need:

small white paper plates

cling wrap + scotch tape [not shown]

black sharpie + blue marker

goldfish [pink, if that’s your jam]

sweethearts [optional]

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Please excuse the Star Wars band-aid on my thumb. I sliced it cutting tomatoes!

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Draw your fish bowl design

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In the middle of the fishbowl, draw your water line

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Write your personalized message above the water line – make sure it’s “school of fish” related :)

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Color your water blue, or get fancy and jazz it up with other colors!


Here’s your finished valentine minus the treat!


Pour some fish onto the plate [we also added a few Sweethearts in there for extra Love.]

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Measure out a piece of cling wrap – just slightly bigger than your plate

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Cover the plate from the front

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Wrap the cling wrap around the plate

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Use some scotch tape to secure the cling wrap to the back side of the paper plate, which will give the valentine that “fish bowl” look



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