I don’t know about you, but I could sit and look at a tank full of fish swimming around all day long! For today’s doll play activity we are going to make the easiest fish tank ever for our dolls using the printable at the end of the post.

Doll Sized Fish Tank

La Dee Da Doll Tylie agrees. she loves the new fish tank on the end table and finds it oh, so relaxing to watch.

There are two versions of this project – the super duper easy version perfect for small dolls like La Dee Da dolls, Hearts for Hearts, Liv, and Barbie – and there is the slightly more difficult version for 18″ dolls like American Girl.

Let’s start with the super easy!!

How to make a doll sized fish tank

Step 1 – Print out the fish tank sheet below.

Step 2 – Cover the long scene (the long scene is for small dolls and the single one is for larger dolls) with clear packing tape. I find it is easier to work with and few steps this way.

Step 3 – Cut out the long scene and fold on the solid lines to make a box (without a top or bottom). Tape the end closed.

Step 4 – Cut a piece of clear packing tape to go over the top of the box. You could also use a piece of black paper, felt or fun foam to cover it instead.

Step 5 – Cut a narrow strip of black paper, felt or fun foam and glue along the bottom edge and the top edge to form the edges of the fish tank.

 

For the larger version (which I have yet to make ;-)):

Step 1 – Print out the fish tank scene, find one on Google images or cut one out of a pet supply catalog

Step 2 – Cut a piece of dark blue construction paper that is twice as long as your scene plus 3-4″

Step 3 – Using the packing tape, stick the scene to your construction paper (using our small template as a guide) and make your fish tank box.

Step 4 – Cut a piece of clear packing tape to go over the top of the box. You could also use a piece of black paper, felt or fun foam to cover it instead.

Step 5 – Cut a narrow strip of black paper, felt or fun foam and glue along the bottom edge and the top edge to form the edges of the fish tank.

 

printable pattern for a doll fish tank

Download the printable pattern for a doll fish tank as a PDF file.

You could also use a clear plastic box or packaging material and just tape the scene inside if you wanted to. Like all of our projects, this is inspiration – there are so many ways you can make this your own.