Hello, all my fellow Happy Hookers! In this post, I'm going to show you how to make a crochet fish in a jar. These little things are great craft fair sellers, and are so easy to make, you'll want one in every color imaginable!
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What You'll Need:
a free fish Pattern, which can be found HERE.
clear thread or fishing line
beads or rhinestones for the eyes
rocks or glass pebbles
a clean jar with a lid
hot glue sticks ( I use Gorilla Glue sticks. They work best for glass.)
a piece of plastic fish tank greenery (optional)
2 strong magnets (optional)
(I am putting links to everything you need which can be found on Amazon right below here. I suggest looking for the jars in a craft store, as they can be costly online.)
How To Make It:
1. First, let's start with our little fishy friend. I made mine with sport weight yarn and a 3.5mm (E4) hook, and a tiny bit of polyester fiberfill. I made my fish based off of this free pattern I found over at Lily Razz, which can be found HERE. I made my fish based on that pattern, and made up my own fins, which consist of chaining 9, 1 sc in the 2nd ch from the hook, 1 sc, 1 hdc, 1 hdc, 1 dc, 1 dc, 1 trc (treble), 1 trc, then fasten off, and stitch to the body. PLEASE NOTE: these are US stitch terms. IF YOU ARE USING A MAGNET, PLEASE SKIP DOWN A BIT AND READ MY SECTION ON MAGNETS.
2. Once you have your fish made, thread a bit of clear thread or fishing line through the top, and then glue to the top of the jar, leaving enough for your fish to be able to hang. I put a spot of hot glue on the top of the jar, placed my thread, then placed a glass pebble on top to sort of hide the ugly glue. Use a craft knife to carefully trim away the excess glue, being careful not to cut your thread to the fish.
3. Add a handful of glass pebbles or rocks to the bottom of your jar.
4. Snip off a piece of the plastic fish tank plant, and glue it to a rock or glass pebble, and place in the jar.
5. Close your jar and you're done! Now you know how to make a crochet fish in a jar!
I hope you enjoyed this crochet fish in a jar tutorial, and I hope to see y'all back real soon. Bye!
**NOTES ON MAGNETS**
Ok. Quick lesson on magnets. Of course we all know magnets attract each other, but they can also repel each other. If you want to use magnets in this project, it can help make your fish 'swim' a little more. To do this, you need to place a magnet in your fish before you sew it shut. Make sure the magnet is laying flat in the bottom of your fish.
Glue another magnet to the bottom of your jar, but MAKE SURE the two 'attracting' sides are not facing each other, as this will cause your fish to hold still. You want the 'repelling' sides of the magnets facing each other, as this will cause your fish to wiggle a while with even the slightest little shake of the jar.
Weak craft store magnets are not ideal. You need strong, neodymium magnets as I link to above.