How to make fake water for a craft project

Updated November 21, 2016

You can achieve the appearance of water on a craft project through the use of blue paint or construction paper, but if you want something a little more realistic, these products just aren't enough. Give your craft projects a little extra oomph by creating a river, stream or pond with a reflective quality that mimics the natural appearance of a calm body of water on a clear day. You can also vary the colour of your fake water to create a clean, sparkling ocean or a dirty mud puddle.

Locate a mirror the same size as or slightly larger than your desired pond, river or stream.

Glue the mirror to your craft project with a hot glue gun so the reflective side of the mirror is visible.

Shape the body of water by covering parts of the mirror with paper or other craft materials. You can also hot glue moss to the edges of the mirror to mimic vegetation and alter the shape of your water.

Cut a piece of blue cellophane to fit the exposed portion of your mirror.

Attach the blue cellophane to the mirror with clear, double-sided tape. The cellophane will add colour to your water but is translucent to maintain the reflective quality of the mirror.


Look for small mirrors in empty make-up compacts or purchase inexpensive locker mirrors from office supply stores. Add different colours of cellophane to achieve different results. You can layer one sheet of blue cellophane over a piece of green to create aqua-coloured water or layer together brown and green cellophane to create dirty water.

Things You'll Need

  • Mirror
  • Hot glue gun
  • Paper
  • Moss
  • Blue cellophane
  • Scissors
  • Double-sided tape
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Kittie McCoy has been a freelance writer since 2008. She is also a part-time personal trainer and licensed entertainer in Las Vegas. She enjoys sharing her love of physical fitness and experience in the entertainment industry via her writing.