Activ-Clay Fish Tray


Modeling Clay


  • 1 package white Activ-Clay
  • 1 package white Celluclay
  • 1 wooden tray
  • Fish stamp for fabric
  • Watercolor paint set
  • Clear glossy acrylic sealer
  • Aqua acrylic paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Water basin
  • Plastic mixing bowl
  • 1 cup Measuring cup
  • Knife
  • Sanding paper
  • Rolling pin
  • White craft glue


STEP 1  Measure the inside of the tray, make a paper pattern, and cut one inch off one short side and one long side.

STEP 2  Roll out the package of Activ clay the same size as the paper pattern. The clay should be approx. ¼” thick. Stamp the fish into the clay, use the round end of a paint brush to carve around the fish and make designs in the clay, and use the knife to cut around the fish to create tiles. Set aside to dry, this could take 24 hours depending on the weather. Let them air dry if you try to speed up the process the tile might crack and bend.

STEP 3  Paint the tray with acrylic paint, pick a color that will go with the room you are going to use the tray in. I used an aqua color.

STEP 4  When tiles are dry, sand off any rough edges and paint with the water colors. There is no right or wrong way to do this, the colors will brighten up after you seal it with the liquid gloss sealer.

STEP 5  Dry fit the tiles into the tray. Take them out and keep them in the same pattern.

STEP 6  Mix up two cups of dry celluclay with one cup of water, knead like bread dough. Add a little more water if too dry.

STEP 7  Spread the celluclay into the bottom of the tray, this is the grout, press the tiles in place, fill in between the tiles with more celluclay if necessary, and set aside to dry.

STEP 8  Seal the whole tray with liquid acrylic sealer.