"Fishin' with Dad" DIY Decor


"Fishin' with Dad" DIY Decor

Fathers Day Fish DIY Decor
Fathers Day Fish DIY Decor

In a few years as you're flipping through photo albums, you'll smile all over again when you stumble upon the pictures with Dad and these Father's Day crafts as the backdrop. This "Fishin' with Dad" DIY Decor is the perfect tribute to the father who's loved to fish ever since you were a child. Thanks to these Father's Day craft ideas, your dad will always have a string of fish in tow. Even though he loves being outdoors on the weekends, these Father's Day projects will surely bring him the same cheer as if he were out on the lake.

This "Fishin' with Dad" DIY Decor was named by AllFreeHolidayCrafts reader Tami M.! To see all of our creative contest entries - or suggest a name yourself - check out the comments section below!

Estimated Cost$21-$30

Time to CompleteIn an evening


Primary TechniquePaper Crafts



HolidayFather's Day

Materials List

  • The Original Orange-Handled Scissors™ (8")
  • Scallop Paper Edger
  • Pinking Paper Edger
  • Apron Lace Border Punch
  • Scalloped Sentiment Border Punch
  • Circle Lever Punch (X-Large)
  • Several sheets and scraps of decorative paper and colored cardstock
  • Paper glue
  • Fishing swivels or lanyard hooks
  • Eyelets
  • Bakery twine or StringWashi
  • Tape
  • Stickers and embellishments marker or pencil
  • Your favorite Fiskars Scissors Computer and PrinterBamboo (cut to 30" lengths)
  • Adhesive letters


  1. Gather a selection of coordinating decorative papers and cardstock in colors and patterns that Dad may enjoy.

  2. To make the garland, start by drawing out your fish template. You can reduce and enlarge your template to create different-sized fish. Cut out the fish template, trace around it using a marker or pencil on your cardstock or decorative paper, and cut out your fish.

  3. Break out all your favorite Fiskars squeeze punches, border punches, and paper Edgers to decorate your fish. Grab a few stickers, a couple rolls of washi tape, and some embellishments, too. Border punches work great to create rows of scales on your fish. Bands of washi tape make great stripes. Use your paper shapers to cut out some fish fins.

  4. When you're all done with the front of the fish, flip it over and decorate the backside, too. They'll spin when they hang, so it's important to decorate both sides.

  5. Once you're done decorating the bodies of your fish, add an eyelet for the eye.

  6. Punch a small hole in the nose of the fish and run a fishing swivel or lanyard hook through the hole.

  7. Cut a length of string or bakery twine - you'll need 7 inches for each fish you've made. Every five inches or so, make a loop and tie a knot.

  8. String your fish by hanging one from each loop on the line.

What do YOU think we should name this project? Tell us below!

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Rainbow Fish Garland......

Reeling in the Fish

Stringy Washi Fishie

"Reel Cute Father's Day Decor"

My name idea is "THE DAY'S CATCH".

Dad's Fishing Tale

Fishin' with Dad

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"Oh My Cod! The Best Father's Day Decor" #fishpuns

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"Fish Out of Water" could be fun!

Fanciful Flying Fish!

I vote for Fanciful Flying Fish. It is cute and descriptive!

"Gone Fishing" might be a good name for it!

This name gets my vote, too! What a cute project that dads will love!

I like this one too! What a fun decor for a dad's first Father's Day :)


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