DIY: Framed Fish Tank

Glitter I’ve been wanting to get a pet for some time now.  I figured a fish would be a great starter pet! Plus a colorful Betta is a great and inexpensive way to add a little color to a room without pulling out the paint brush. I wanted a really decorative tank for my fish to live in. Since I always feel like I’m in an art museum when I stare at my Betta, I thought framing the tank would be a fun and creative idea to display my new moving art piece.

Glitter Materials: Rectangular Tank, Picture Frame, Mounting Tape, Aquarium Rocks, Aquarium Decor

Glitter Remove the back of your frame and apply your mounting tape.

Tip: Your picture frame should be the same size as your tank. A rectangular vase that you find at your local craft or floral store will make a great tank. Just be sure it’s at lease 2 -3 inches deep to give your fish wiggle room.

Glitter Mount the frame to your tank.

Glitter Decorate the inside of your tank with rocks, greenery or whatever aquatic decor that catches your eye. Remember this is the “picture” that will be visible in your frame so have fun with it!

Glitter My new fish really seems to be enjoying his new home. It’s bigger than that little bowl he’s been living in for the past few weeks and the plastic plant is quickly becoming his new BFF! Now it’s time to name him…

What should I name my new fish? If it were up to me I’d name him Elton, but thank goodness it’s not… I’m leaving it up to you guys! Leave any name suggestions in the comment section below and I’ll pick my favorite. If your name is chosen I’ll send you a little gift in appreciation! xo

  • laurenmaria84 - Such a cute idea, lovely fish too

  • mydogblog09 - This is a great idea! I have nominated you for a Liebster award on my blog, for all the details check my blog it’s on the homepage!


  • Benita - Cute idea! How about “Mavi” .. it means blue in Turkish .. although, I kinda like Elton. 🙂

  • Lilia - Name him Bluey!ReplyCancel

  • kathyS - Azul Celeste –or maybe Antwone?ReplyCancel

  • Ceci - Poseidon =)ReplyCancel

  • Micaela Melim - humm , Atlas 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Deauna - How about Mo Betta Blue?ReplyCancel

  • Holly - I like “Moby” for a name (like Moby Dick).

    Cute idea!ReplyCancel

  • 26twentysix - I like Moby (like Moby Dick).

    What a cute idea!ReplyCancel

  • Aini Hapsari - Super cute! Great idea!!ReplyCancel

  • Sara - So beautiful! How about Iris?ReplyCancel

  • Nikell - That is a fabulous idea for a tank.

    How about “Azul” for a name…the Spanish word for blue (^_^)ReplyCancel

  • tastytrendstoday - Awesome idea!!! I wanna try this 🙂ReplyCancel

  • iozeo - This is awesome. I look forward to completing this projectReplyCancel

  • srijana kattel - nilo its blue in nepali!ReplyCancel

  • MurrMurr - I’m thinking Bert, but my boyfriend simply said it should be Bleu (“make it French”)

    I really like this idea!ReplyCancel

  • MurrMurr - I’m thinking Bert, but my boyfriend simply said it should be Bleu (“make it French”) [Nilo actually sounds pretty cool]

    I really like this idea!ReplyCancel

  • imaksimize - Reblogged this on imaKSimize and commented:
    Want to do this!ReplyCancel

  • 0001 - That’s a really fantastic idea! For a name, how about: oscar, mauve or pearlReplyCancel

  • locaylola - Super cute DIY project! How about the name Sparkle?

  • margaretbgarnier - never thought about that but that looks quite cool!ReplyCancel

  • Creative Mind - superb idea..tooooooooooo good 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Shana Johnson - You should name him Tutera, like David Tutera, because he has flare and pizzaz!ReplyCancel

  • Christin - Great idea!!! Love this! I like the name Peter! I also like Ionna…Ionna Fish 😉ReplyCancel

  • Ashley Berneman - He looks like a Bruno to me. Now you’ve inspired me to get a fish when I move!ReplyCancel

  • wellyne - I love fishes. It’s so cute !ReplyCancel

  • wiccaronja - i got two names:
    – BlingBlue
    – BlueShine

    cute how he loves the plant :-))ReplyCancel

  • Cassiefairy - I think Elvis – he looks like The King all glammed up in his Vegas finest! 🙂
    This tutorial makes me want to get a fish too – I’m sure my cats would love it if I got a little fishy, but I don’t think the fish would last for long! xReplyCancel

  • Rach - I love this! Now I want a beta fish so I can do this! Not sure how my cat would feel though… hmmm. I had a friend that had a beta fish and we named him Fred. He lived for a super long time too. Like, way longer than any beta fish usually lives. So maybe it’s a lucky name.ReplyCancel

  • rachelohara - Now I want a beta fish! Not sure how my cat would feel about that though… hmmmm. A friend of mine said all he wanted was a gold fish named Fred so for his birthday we gave him an orange beta named Fred. He lived a looooooong life and was a pretty cool fish. So when I see betas I automatically think Fred.ReplyCancel

  • Jenny K. - Picasso!ReplyCancel

  • topazalicia - such a good idea, for name how about loxley or jezReplyCancel

  • Romy - Lovely fishy! First name that comes up to my mind is Nemo 🙂 I hope you added afterwards a water filter for the little guy.ReplyCancel

    • Kristen - Thanks! Nemo is such a fun name. Thanks for the submission. Betta fish don’t need a filtration system. I just have to change his water once a week. But he really seems to be enjoying his new space! xoxoReplyCancel

  • Mariska (coralynx) - Grrreat idea! Love it! I want fish to and I think of name themes:
    Flowers: Poppy, violet, tulip, daisy, ..
    Or world map? Brooklyn, paris, milan, lima, ..
    Or ??ReplyCancel

  • Jewels - I think Biff is a good name………love the frame what a great idea!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly Golightly - Genius. How about Wanda?


    Welcome to the family, Wanda!ReplyCancel

  • Jennie M - Francis the fish!

    Great project…I’ve seen picture frame tanks online before and they are $$$$$!ReplyCancel

    • Dani - Very cute idea and a very cute fish!

      He looks like a Sushi to me 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Lanetra - I think you should name your fish Bluesy.ReplyCancel

  • sarahlovesfashion - This is such an awesome idea! I think you should name your fish smoky or midnight!ReplyCancel

  • brynnbeaty - This is such a cute idea! What a great way to spice up a room. I definitely want to do this soon, although I fear I would forget the fish were in there! This is so creative and easy, which is a major reason why I like this blog. Sometimes blogs with DIY projects are too complicated for the average gal. This is clever, cute and simple! On top of that, it’s relatively inexpensive. Thanks for the idea, I will be using this one in the future!ReplyCancel

  • Isabelle - Glitter, it’s a good name.ReplyCancel

  • chelsea - i would name him GG!! after your blog 🙂

    such a cute idea!ReplyCancel

  • Faith - I just made one these tanks!!! It is the cutest thing ever!!! Now I just gotta buy a fish and decor… and decide on a fish name too! You should name your fish Iris. I named my blue car Iris b/c of the color.ReplyCancel

  • Ange - This kind of makes me want a Betta. I absolutely love this idea!
    My daughter had a Betta a few years ago, I forget what SHE named him, but my husband and I always called him Sushi! You know, because he is a raw fish…..

    (Although I have to say, I see nothing wrong with Elton, personally. If it is after Elton John, it suits. Elton John is a flashy guy, Bettas are flashy fish.)ReplyCancel

  • lena - BlueboyReplyCancel

  • Jule - Wonderful idea!
    Why don’t you name him Elton? I like the name…ReplyCancel

  • Rory - Hoa aboout Ariel? sounds cute
    I called mine Flounder!ReplyCancel

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  • biancasbeautybook - Wow this is the cutest idea! Thx!ReplyCancel

  • Angela - I used to have one like that called Alpha (because its a Beta fish… so thought sticking with the Greek was pretty cool!)ReplyCancel

  • April - BellaDonnaReplyCancel

  • connie jones - Cool things.ReplyCancel

  • Abby - I love this!!! I have been trying to find the supplies to make my own but can seem to find a bowl. Where did you find yours?ReplyCancel

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