This sweet, decorative fish is simple to make and will help to spruce up a typical boring, party spread. Before beginning this arts and craft instruction, you will need the following common household materials:
a sharp knife (Be careful and use your common sense when handling such objects!)
a carrot (preferably large)
a black olive
several toothpicks (Again, be safe!!)
Once you have a design plan in mind for your tabletop fish, slice off one end of your orange to create a flat base. This will allow your decoration to stand upright. Choose a spot for the fish’s mouth toward the bottom of one side. Cut a big, sideways “V” right into the orange – just carve out a big wedge – and that’s the mouth. You may wish to refer to the photo above for clarification of each of these steps.
Let’s put some eyes on our fish. There are several ways to do this. The first option is to trim out eyes from the orange skin. The second, more creative option, is to place a split black olive on a slice of radish and secure it to the orange with half of a toothpick. Place the black olive towards the bottom of the radish to make the fish appear to be looking forward. Repeat on both sides.
Our fish needs some fins, so let’s take our big, thick carrot and cut out two thin rounds. If you don’t have a very large carrot, take your regular-sized one and carefully cut it lengthwise so as to yield the widest pieces. Square up the slices just a little bit and then cut some triangular-shaped marks on one side to make each of your two fins. These fins should look pretty consistent from one side of your fish to the other.
Cut out a straight, little pocket on the side of the orange, and insert the carrot fin right in the notch. If the piece doesn’t quite fit, just make the notch larger. Work your knife back and forth inside the slit until the carrot will slide right in. The fin may need to be styled a bit more once it’s in position. Do the same thing on both sides.
Our fish still needs a little something . . . let’s make a back fin. Make a slit on the back side of the orange halfway between and perpendicular to the side fins. Cut a large single fin out of the carrot. If the back fin doesn’t immediately fit in the notch, widen the slit out just a little.
Use your imagination when putting a tail on this fellow by cutting a carrot piece into a fun shape. Make a slit on the lower rear portion of your fish, parallel to the countertop. Widen the slit as needed to accommodate the tail.
And there you have a cute little fish made out of a piece of fruit. If you want to do something to brighten up his mouth, stick in a slice of tomato or something like that. Enjoy!