Turn your own bedroom into the deep sea with this Art Attack!

You will need:
  • Cardboard box card
  • Cereal box card
  • Black cotton thread
  • Paint
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Black marker
  • Glue
First, you need to make a boat.

Take some cardboard box card and, starting at the edge, draw a pointed arch shape.
Cut it out and place it down on a slightly larger piece of cardboard.
Then, lining up with the side edge, draw a second pointy arch that's a couple of centimetres bigger than the first one.
Cut this out.
Do this four more times so that you have six pieces in all, each getting slightly bigger than the one before!
Take some glue and stick all the pieces together, making sure that you line up all the side edges.
To finish off the bottom of the boat, add a strip of cardboard that's the same length as the boat down the centre.
Bend it into shape, and glue it into place.
You could even cut out a fin shape and tape that into position, too.
So that's the underneath of the boat done. Now you can paint it however you like.

This one has a cartoon-like wood effect, with different shades of grainy brown and a woodgrain effect with a black marker. If you cut the cardboard so that the corrugations run across the boat, rather than down it, then it'll bend much more neatly.
Now to make a hook and a worm.

Take some thin card and draw a cartoon-like hook with a pointed bit at the end and a circle at the top of the hook where the line will attach.

Draw a cartoon worm with an arched body next to it. Give it a worried expression!
Cut them out and paint them whichever way you like.
Then, using a sharp pencil, make a hole in the top of your hook by piercing it through into some modelling clay.
Take a long length of cotton and tie it on for a line.
When you've tied it, you can hook on the worm.
Next, you need to make some fish to catch. You can design them whichever way you like, but you could get some inspiration from books in the library or the internet.

Take some more cardboard box card and draw your fish. This one is small and cute!
Draw as many or as few as you like.
When you're happy with your designs, cut them out.
Then you can paint them, but remember you'll need to do both sides so that you can see them when they turn.
Now all that's left to do is to tie them onto the line so they can swim around under the boat.

Use a sharp pencil to push a hole into the top and bottom of each fish, through into a ball of 17:21 08/05/2006 modelling clay.
Then tie lengths of cotton, joining the top hole of one fish to the bottom of the other.
To attach the fish to the boat, you need to thread the line through the corrugations of the cardboard so that it comes out of both sides.

This can be quite fiddly so take your time. Tie it securely into place.
And that's it! All you need to do now is sticky tack it to the ceiling, but you might need to get someone else to do that for you.

Try it yourself!