Looking for a fun easy craft to do with the kids, and something we could decorate their bathroom with, I was inspired by an Usborne Art book, where they used chinese newspaper to make a fishy collage. We appropriated the idea, and modified it with travel maps, to make this DIY fish wall art from recycled travel maps.
Glue – Modge Podge / PVA
Selection of travel maps or other print media
Paint for the background
The first thing to do is paint your canvas with a suitable background. We went for blues, with black and a bit of green to make it feel aquatic. I wanted dark, but choose a background that suits your decor and theme. Next is making the critters for your scene, cutting them to shape and gluing in place. Add a protective layer or two of varnish if this is going in a bathroom, as the steam may lift off the fish.
The most fun part of this project is choosing which pattern goes with which fish. The colours and patterns in some of these maps I used are really beautiful. In many cases, the map suggested a shape itself:
The Glasgow Tube Map
This transport map, affectionately known locally as The Clockwork Orange became a crab.
Mumbai Rail Network
This was crying out to be a sea horse….
The Moscow Transport System
Moscow couldn’t be anything except an Octopus right?
Makes a great shark…..the Beijing transport system became the funky fish above him.
Paris had to be these long chic fish..
Becomes the cutest turtle.
became these little guys…
This was a cute way to repurpose some of the travel maps we had kicking around, when we haven’t visited a location, we downloaded the image from google to supplement our collection. Its unlikely to be something you would want it your sitting room, but makes a great kids bedroom or bathroom decor idea. Ours is in the kids bathroom along with various other nautical themed items, including a hand painted crab