Even if you're no good at fishing, you can still liven up your wall with a swordfish!

You will need:
  • Cardboard box card
  • Newspaper
  • Tape
  • PVA glue
  • Kitchen roll
  • Metallic paint
For the first part, you need to open out a large cardboard box and cut off the flaps.

Save the flaps for later because you'll need them.
Then using the whole length of the cardboard box card, draw out the basic shape of a fish's body.

Start with the head, which is rounded, then draw a back, arched around and up, tapering out to the point where the tail is going to be.
When you're happy with the shape cut it out, and you'll have something that looks like this.
Now you need to add on some features. Make these using the flaps of cardboard box card that you saved earlier.

Draw and cut out a tail shape for the end of the body. Then a long pointy bit for the sword on the top of the head.
Now make some fins in the same way. Make them different lengths. A large fin looks good on the back, with a smaller fin further back.

Then cut out four more for the bottom of the body: two large ones at the front and two smaller ones at the back.
When you're happy with the positioning, you can stick the fins down with plenty of tape.
If you're not sure what a swordfish looks like, you can always go the library and look in a reference book or check on the internet.

When you've finished sticking it should look something like this.
Now to fatten up the swordfish!

Take some newspaper and start padding out the body. Keep going over the whole of the body, taping down the pillows of newspaper as you go along.
For the sword, roll up a thinner piece of newspaper and tape it along the pointy nose.
Make sure that you make a sort of slot for the mouth.

Use lots of tape to hold everything securely in position.
When you've finished, you'll have something that looks like this.

Don't pad out the fins because in real life, they're quite thin.
Next, mix up some PVA glue in a half and half mix with water and paste it onto the fish.

The idea is to lay on strips of kitchen roll and paste more glue on over the top. This time make sure that you cover the fins as well.
When you've done that and the whole thing has dried, it will look something like this.
Now you can paint.

If you can, use metallic paint because it gives it a really striking look, that looks very fish like!
Streak in blues and different shades like lighter blues and some silver.

The texture of the kitchen roll really adds to the effect!
Add in some darker blues along the top of the fish, by adding in some black to make it really stand out.
Use a dark blue for the fins and the underside of the body.
Use black for the eye, and add a little white dot in the middle for a highlight.

Don't forget to paint the inside of the mouth as well.
Finally, curve some gills along the outside in a darker blue.
When you've finished painting and it has dried, you can hang it on the wall.

Now you can tell your friends a tall story about the one that didn't get away!
You could do other fish too.

How about this big spotted ray?
Or this cool puffer fish?

All those spikes are just rolled up cones of card that are stuck on.

Try it yourself!