How to Make a Fishing Net for Kids

How to Make a Fishing Net for Kids
With just a few materials that can usually be found in your home or garage, you can make an inexpensive fishing net for kids in minutes. In fact, the instructions are simple enough that older children can make the fishing net themselves, though they may need minimal assistance. Additionally, because you are making the net yourself, you can customize it to fit the size/abilities of the child and your needs (i.e., smaller mesh for catching tadpoles, etc.).


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Mesh fabric - larger loops for holding medium/big fish, smaller loops for tadpoles, minnows, etc.
  • Wire hanger
  • Wooden or plastic dowel
  • Duct tape
  • Needle and thread
  • Scissors
Step 1
Cut the mesh fabric into a large circle, 18- 4 inches in diameter will give you a good size for holding medium-sized fish.
Step 2
Sew a 1/2-inch hem around the circle, leaving an opening on one side. If you are using a mesh fabric with larger loops, you can skip this step.
Step 3
Untwist the neck of the wire hanger, and reshape the wire into a circle, but do not secure the ends together. Note: the wire circle should be at least 6 inches smaller than the mesh fabric circle.
Step 4
Thread the wire circle through the hem in the mesh fabric, with the ends of the wire protruding from both sides of the opening in the hem. Alternatively, for mesh fabrics with larger loops, thread the wire through the loops in a zigzag pattern.
Step 5
Wrap the excess wire around the dowel rod and secure with duct tape.

Article Written By Carolyn Kay Neeley

Carolyn Kay Neeley has been a professional writer and editor since 2003, with experience in medical and academic writing, resume writing and advertising. She has also authored craft and homemaking articles for various online publications. Neeley holds a Bachelor of Science in religion from Liberty University, as well as a practical nursing license.

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