Valentines Heart Paper Plate Fish Craft

Valentines Paper Plate Heart Fish Craft

This adorable Valentine’s paper plate heart fish craft uses paint and a paper plate to make an adorable painted fish with heart scales. It is the perfect Valentine’s Day craft for preschool, kindergarten, and more.

To make this Valentines fish craft you will need to use basic materials that you can find around the house. You will need a paper plate, paint, construction paper, glue, and scissors.

Finish off your craft with an adorable fish themed pun and it makes the perfect Valentine’s gift for family members and friends or a fun Valentine’s day decoration to put up around the house.

For other fun Valentines Day crafts be sure to also see this hot air balloon heart craft or this adorable handprint love bug craft.

Heart Paper Plate Fish Craft

Paper Plate Valentines Day Heart Fish Craft Tips

*For this craft you will need to use a lot of construction paper hearts. If working with younger children you may need to prep and cut out these hearts ahead of time for them.

*To cut out small paper hearts quickly stack multiple pieces of paper on top of each other. Fold the paper in half and cut out as many small hearts as you can from the middle fold. Repeat this on both sides of the paper you have left.

*You will need to paint your project and let it dry before adding on the details and cutting out the tail and the mouth.

*You can use any colors desired to paint the plate. We found complimentary colors that were Valentine’s themed colors to work best. We used light purple, red, and pink. You can also do a solid color if it is easier.

*For the paper hearts we found it looks best to use red, pink, and purple. Other colors that would look good would be light blue, white, and more.

*This heart fish craft would also make a great rainbow fish themed craft. Just cut out rainbow colored scales and add in a tin-foil heart once completed. Finish off the craft by reading the book and comparing your rainbow fish craft to the book.

Paper Plate Heart Fish Craft

Valentine’s Paper Plate Heart Fish Craft for Kids


  • Red, pink, purple, white, and/or light blue construction paper
  • Paper plate
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Red, pink, and/or light purple acrylic paint


1. Begin by painting the back side of the paper plate with acrylic paint. Paint it a solid color or a combination of complementary colors.

2. Let it dry and cut out a small triangle from the right side of the paper plate.

3. Glue the pointy side of the triangle to the left side of the paper plate to look like a fish tail.

Paper Plate Fish Craft Tail

4. Zig zag fold a few pieces of colored paper on top of each other. Cut out hearts from each fold. You will need 12-20 hearts depending on how large you cut them.

5. Starting in the middle of the plate face your hearts sideways and glue them down until you reach the outside edge.

6. Glue on a white circle for the eye to the right side of the plate and color in the inside of the eye to complete your fish craft.

7. If desired add on a cute Valentine’s Day pun saying like “I’m hooked on you,” “I’ve caught a good one,” or “You’re the best fish in the sea!”

Paper Plate Heart Fish Craft Scales

Fun Valentines Crafts for Kids

For a fun list of additional Valentine’s crafts and activities check out some of the suggestions below:

  • These adorable handprint love bugs make the perfect Valentine’s keepsake gift for grandparents, family members, and more.
  • This fun hot air balloon craft uses a free heart air balloon template, markers, and crayons to make a fun and puny Valentine’s craft.
  • These fun conversation hearts are made using tin-foil and markers. Each heart turns out so fun and unique and kids will love spraying the tin foil to create the tie-dye effect.

Valentines Paper Plate Fish Craft

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