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Crochet is the Answer

February 14, 2014

Crochet Coral Reef

What do you do with a big glass fish? All of the things my Gramma tried didn’t seem right: it’s an awkward candy dish, it’s not deep enough for real fish, sticking a plant in there wouldn’t work well (no drainage, too high-maintenance, DIRT) . . .

So knowing that crochet was the answer, as it is for so many problems, I hijacked Gramma’s fish and put a coral reef in there.

Crochet Coral Reef

Crochet Coral Reef

Obviously, I was heavily inspired by Rachel’s work (and BTW, you can see her interview here). And PINTEREST. Pinterest is also the answer. Go on and do a search for “crochet coral,” and you’ll see what I mean.

Crochet Coral Reef


  1. Make bits of coral.
  2. Shave down a little mound of floral foam.
  3. Pin all of your coral bits to the floral foam with stick pins.
  4. Realize that your coral reef is too big to fit through the fish mouth. Curses!
  5. Remove all coral bits from foam.
  6. Stick naked floral foam into the fish gullet.
  7. Carefully stick coral bits into floral foam with pins (again). This was difficult, as I could only fit one hand into the fish mouth at a time.
  8. Feel like you are doing some bizarre form of reverse-crochet-taxidermy.
  9. Revel in your coral reef.

Crochet Coral Reef

Crochet Coral Reef

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9 Comments leave one →
  1. February 14, 2014 4:54 pm

    What a great idea! Love the colors you chose.

  2. Deb Rebel permalink
    February 14, 2014 7:17 pm

    Wow, that is just wonderful. It’s so great when something finally clicks. :)

  3. February 15, 2014 6:59 am

    Muito original…. Um abração.

  4. February 16, 2014 10:40 am


  5. seniorcrafter permalink
    February 16, 2014 6:08 pm

    My Brothers 50 yr old marbles and air plants

    • February 17, 2014 6:10 am

      That actually sounds amazing. I did suggest air plants, but Gramma wasn’t into that!

  6. February 16, 2014 9:29 pm

    That is a great idea, I always thought the coral looked neat but never knew what to do with it, so I never made any!

    You could even make different colors for each season to change the look throughout the year! :)

    • February 17, 2014 6:11 am

      I have a smaller reef on my desk at work — but it was easier, as I put it in a shallow glass bowl so I could glue everything down. It’s the perfect work “plant!”

  7. February 21, 2014 1:24 pm

    Now I need a glas fish…

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