Fishy Tumbler & Soap Dish

By  Mary Ayres 

size: child


  • Blue, white, or clear plastic cup and bowl with pedestals
  • Craft foam: bright green; yellow
  • Rhinestones: hot pink, 5mm, ten; yellow, 5mm, three; orange, 7mm
  • Wiggle eyes, 7mm, two
  • Black cord


  • Paint For Plastic: Black; Fuchsia; Neon Orange; Neon Yellow (Plaid)
  • Simply Stencils Value Packs: Ocean (27940) (Plaid)
  • Crafter’s Pick Incredibly Tacky Glue (API)
  • Decorative-edge scissors: wavy; deckle
  • Circle punch, 1/8”
  • Soap Dish
  • 1. Tape small fish stencil to side of bowl. Stencil: head Neon Orange; body Neon Yellow; fin Fuchsia.
  • 2. Use toothpick to paint dotted lines around edges of stenciled areas Black.
  • 3. Glue six pink rhinestones to body and eye to head.
  • 4. For seaweed, use wavy scissors to cut one long 1/4"-wide strip from green craft foam. Cut 1/4"x5" strips from green and tie around long strip, cutting and tying as many as are needed. Do not tie foam strips too tightly or they will break. Tie long foam strip around pedestal; trim ends.
  • Tumbler
  • 1. Tape medium fish stencil to side of cup. Stencil: head Fuchsia; side fin and tail Neon Yellow; top and bottom fin Neon Orange.
  • 2. Use toothpick to paint dotted lines around edges of stenciled areas Black.
  • 3. Glue four pink rhinestones to top and bottom fins, three yellow rhinestones to side fin and tail, and eye to head.
  • 4. Make seaweed in same way as soap dish.
  • 5. Trace star stencil onto yellow craft foam; use deckle scissors to cut out. Glue orange rhinestone to center. Punch hole in one corner. Thread cord through hole; tie around pedestal.
  • Painting Techniques
  • 1. Stenciling: Tape stencil to plastic surface. Dip dry round bristle brush or stencil brush in paint, wipe brush on paper towel to remove excess paint, and dab brush in open area of stencil.
  • 2. Dotted Lines: Dip end of toothpick into paint, then make dot on edge of stenciled area. Repeat for each dot. Make dots side by side to form continuous line.