A couple of days ago it was nearly 90 degrees in NYC and the humidity was hitting us hard. Along with this little heat wave came the realization that summer is here which means there are a lot of long summer days ahead. I found myself on a crafting kick, prepping a couple of activities our family can play with all summer long. One of these ideas is a super cute and colorful DIY fishing game! My family has already found ways to add different kinds of rules and twists to the game, and since it is made of solid wood, it will last and last.
- Wiggle Wood Natural Wooden Fish Toy
- Basswood Rod
- Wooden Peg Doll
- Folk Art Acrylic Paint
- Mod Podge Gloss
- Heavy Duty Magnets
- Patterned Paper
- String or Rope
- Glue Gun + Sticks
Paint all the things! Choose some fun, bright colors that coordinate with your patterned papers and paint your fishes, rod, and peg doll. I also painted the tops of my screws to coordinate with the fishes. Apply two coats and let dry completely.
Trace your fishes on your patterned paper and cut out to fit head and tail of your fishes. Apply a thick layer of Mod Podge on the fish and cover with the paper. Use fingers to smooth out any bumps. Let dry at least 15 minutes before applying another generous layer of Mod Podge to the top of the papers to seal. Let dry completely.
Let’s drill! Using a power drill, drill holes in the dowel (large enough to fit your string or rope), through the top of the peg doll (also, large enough for the string or rope), and in the places where you want your fishes eyes to be (not pictured).
Screw in the eyes of the fish.
Using a hot glue gun, attach the magnet to the bottom of the peg doll.
Thread the string or rope through the hole in the rod and the hole in the peg doll. Secure with knot and/or a dot of hot glue.
That’s it! Now you can fish all summer!
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Liz is a momma of two who lives in NYC. She has a Master’s Degree in Technical Communication and has embraced the fact that she is a diet coke addict and a bookworm.
Sam lives in Utah and is a momma of two with a Master’s Degree in Instructional Technology and has a weakness for thrift stores, succulents, and colorful tights.