DIY: How to Make Toy Baitfish

How to make a baitfish kit

Make a Toy Baitfish

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These cute little baitfish fit into an Altoids tin like canned sardines.  Hang them from a backpack, or string them up from a line outside your tent.  Fashion a fishhook from a paperclip and hang it from a twig fishing pole.  If you put pairs of numbers on the back of the fish, you can play Go Fish.  They also make a great carnival game with prizes on the back of the fish.

All the supplies fit into a little zipper pouch. So, print out several copies of the artwork on 4” x 6” photo paper (make sure you print at 100%) and set up a crafting station on a picnic table out in the field. You can use a drill if you like, but the pin vise is great for kids.


Baitfish supplies

  • Artwork printout
  • #20 woodworking biscuits (these are Wolfcraft brand)
  • Small clips
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Pin vise and 3/32” drill bit (this is Mascot brand, make sure your pin vise will hold           this size bit. Some are for tiny bits)
  • Scissors
  • 10 mm jump rings (can be bigger)
  • Tacky glue
  • Ribbon or fabric scraps (selvages are nice)

Supplementary Supplies

  • Block of wood
  • Pushpin
  • Altoids tin
  • Paperclip
  • Twine
  • Twig

 Step 1: Cut Out Artwork


Place it next to a biscuit so you can see which direction your fish is swimming. Glue on some fins and a tail. Get as fancy as you like.

Step 2: Glue

Glue baitfish

Glue the art on top of the ribbons. You may need to clip it while it dries.

Step 3: Drill

drill baitfish

Drill a hole through the black dot but don’t get too close to the edge or the wood will break out.  Little hands may need a thumbtack bumper to keep the fish from spinning.

Step 4: Add Finishing Touches

Completed baitfish

Put a ring through the hole. For extra credit you can make a fishing pole or decorate an Altoids tin. Are you going to make some of these cuties with your kids this weekend?